Shelby 289 Cobra
Street Roadster, CSX8022
color: Braciere Giallo (Italian for “Firepit Yellow”)
built by famed Shelby Dealer HRE Motorcars
personally signed on the glovebox by Carroll Shelby

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broadside shot (from passenger side) of yellow/black stripes Shelby 289 Steet Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022
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The Serpentine Saga Begins [Curt Scott relates this anecdote]:I had a marvelous conversation with an original Shelby (289) Cobra owner and competition driver at the track in Maple Grove, Pennsylvania in the 1980s. He had owned and driven and raced an original 4-cylinder/2.6L Austin-Healey 100… the original “Big Healey.” A few years later he traded it for his next “Big Healey,” A 3000 model with its 2.9L inline six. He always wished those sports cars had a small-displacement V8 powerplant. He said his fantasy in effect came true when the original AC (and Shelby) Cobras thundered onto the world stage in 1962. Fitted with a Ford small-block 289 cid V8, it was about as close to a “Big Healey” with a V8 that he could wish for… a true British sports machine fitted with a high-performance American small-block V8 powerplant. He purchased his first (pre-owned) AC Cobra in 1964. As he put it, that was the same year the James Bond was handily whipping his Aston Martin DB5 around England’s motorways and byways in that year’s 007 big-screen blockbuster hit “Goldfinger.” And it was the same year the those little 289 Cobras were thrashing Enzo’s Team drivers at FIA tracks all around the world, from Mille Miglia to Nürburgring to The Argentina GP to LeMans.” CS

It was indeed the small-block Cobras (289 slabsides, 289 USRRCs and 289 FIAs) and Peter Brock’s (small-block) Cobra Daytona Coupes that wrenched the WMC (World Manufacturers Championship) from Enzo Ferrari’s grasp in 1965 (for the 1964 racing season). And it was the 289 Cobras that The Rip Chords [Phil Stewart, Arnie Marcus, Rich Rotkin and Bernie Bringas, all from southern California] made famous (indeed, Top 10) in the summer of 1963. And here’s ‘Hey Little Cobra’ just for you, in audio/visual form, courtesy of YouTube. The audio gets lively, so be sure to pre-adjust your sound volume (and feel free to bypass any commercial you may encounter on YouTube). Enjoy!

hotlink: Hey Little Cobra      

paint finish:

  • Dupont base coat
  • Braciere Giallo (Italian for “Firepit Yellow”)
  • Dupont 99-Code Black LeMans stripes

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—Under the Primrose Bonnet—
Ford 289 HiPo small-block V8…
The Real McCoy

FoMoCo 289 HiPo engine photo#1 (from driver side) of yellow/black stripes Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022
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Beneath the primrose bonnet:

  • 289 HiPo V8 (289 cid/390 horsepower Fomoco small-block)
  • Holley 650 cfm 4-bbl carburetor
  • MSD ignition ensemble
  • ribbed aluminum COBRA valve covers
  • single, large puller-mounted electric fan

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FoMoCo 289 HiPo engine photo#2 (from passenger side) of yellow/black stripes Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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FoMoCo 289 HiPo engine photo#3 (from driver side) of yellow/black stripes Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022
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—Gear Train—

  • steel safety bellhousing
  • McLeod twin-disc RXT clutch ensemble [hydraulic; easy clutch operation]
  • rugged Tremec TKO600 HD 5-speed manual transmission [0.82:1 OD final ratio]
  • exacting reproduction of the original Salisbury aluminum-housed IRS unit

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CSX8022 chassic plaque on yellow/black stripes Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—Build Photos—
captured by HRE Motorcars
while CSX8022 was under construction

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CSX8022, chassis shot #1
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CSX8022, chassis shot #2
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CSX8022, engine shot
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CSX8022, dashboard shot
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CSX8022, rolling chassis shot.
Note those original-faithful transverse leaf springs.
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CSX8022, primered coachwork lowered onto chassis
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CSX8022, painted, closing in on completion
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—Rolling Stock—

  • 15″ original-style triple-chromed wire wheels
  • Goodyear ‘Eagle GT’ rubber in excellent condition
  • lead hammer and safety wire [for knockoff wheel spinners]

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—In this (Legend-correct) cockpit—

cockpit shot (from passenger side) of yellow/black stripes Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022

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The cockpit is outfitted with…

  • Stewart-Warner original-style blackfaced gauges
  • Lucas toggle switches
  • key start switch
  • Moto-Lita hardwood-rimmed steering wheel, alum spokes, Cobra hub emblem
  • premium black leather upholstery
  • 4-point aircraft-style/quick-release shoulder harnesses
  • Safecraft halon fire-suppression system
  • Shelby floormats
  • Carroll Shelby (personally) autographed glovebox door (signed with a yellow paint pen)

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dashboard shot#1 dashboard shot#1 (full width) of yellow/black stripes Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022
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 dashboard shot#2 (closeup) of yellow Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022
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closeup of shifter and boot, dash plaque and Carroll’s autograph on yellow Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022
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passenger front fender shot of yellow Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

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—It’s the Wheel McCoy—

It’s the wheel McCoy— closeup shot of wire wheel on yellow Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022

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AC and Shelby had to jettison those splendid wire wheels with the advent of the big-block Cobras. You see, the hi-torque of those 427 and 428 powerplants could bend the wire spokes. A pity… those chromed wires were eye candy extraordinaire!

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—The Luggage Compartment—

closeup shot of luggage compartment and spare wire wheel and spare tire on yellow Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

 

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—Other Particulars—

  • rack & pinion steering
  • Shelby car cover
  • tonneau cover
  • black spats on leading surface of rear fenders

This Cobra was first registered in 2005 and is thus qualified to be imported into Canada.

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rear shot of rear bumper hardware on yellow Shelby 289 Street Version Cobra for sale by owner, CSX8022 Click on the photo above to see it at a much larger size.

This is a definitively spirited and nimble driving machine, a fitting salute to those magnificent Ferrari-trouncing driving machines of yesteryear. You’ll encounter no downside surprises with this primrose-coloured blast-from-the-past… just exhilarating driving adventures and ‘thumbs up’ gestures every time you take it out and blast past the landscape!

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    $190,000 obo

Serious inquiries only, please!

Contact

Ricky Berotti

Located in Island Park, LI, New York

516-432-8198

Jberotti130@gmail.com