Monterey Car Week is always home to some noteworthy auctions, but this year’s automotive showcase is one-upping past offerings by playing host to one of the most iconic American vehicles of all-time: Shelby’s very first Cobra. Built back in 1962 and capable of a then incredible top-speed of 153 mph (not to mention acceleration from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.2 seconds), the legendary CSX 2000 is not only revered because it’s the first-ever Cobra, but also because it differs significantly from future Cobra productions. Under the hood is a 260-cubic-inch V8 (as opposed to a 289 or 427) while skinny cross-ply tires appear in place of radials. AC Ace badges even appear throughout, as do the vehicle’s original English-made Lucas taillights. Best of all for collectors, the car remains completely unrestored and was in the care of the late Carroll Shelby himself until the day he passed in 2012.
CSX 2000 will be auctioned off by RM Sotheby’s in Monterey come August 19.