Shelby’s Wildlife: Cobra 289 Race

Participate in the best historic racing events with this genuine Shelby 289 Cobra. CSX 2194 has a continuous, well documented history from new. Drag-raced and vintage raced in USA in the 70s and 80s and restored to current race specification in 1995 with beautiful patina. In excellent condition and used sparingly by its current long-term owner. Eligible for all prestigious events such as Le Mans Classic, Goodwood Revival, Tour Auto, SPA Six Hours etc.

A Rare Opportunity: Shelby Cobra 289

This 1963 Shelby Cobra 289 has a clean history from new as documented in the Shelby American Registry. Although being modified for drag-racing in the 70s, it was never crashed or badly damaged. Around 1985, the car was restored to road race specification by then owner Ken Chevis (Glendora, CA) who raced it in the USA historic scene and the 1990 Nürburgring Oldtimer GP

A few years later, CSX2194 was completely restored again – with “no expense spared” – by Gemini Racing Systems (Phoenix, AZ) after which it was displayed at Shelby American and the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas where it was acquired in 2000 by Brian Laine (Arlington, WA). Laine added a roll-hoop and race seat and raced the car successfully on many West Coast race courses of the USA after which he sold the car to Steve Hitchins (UK) in 2006 who sold it the following year to its current German owner. For the past 10+ years CSX2194 has been used sparingly at selected road/rally events and historic races such as the Shelby Cobra Anniversary Race at the Goodwood Revival in 2012 where it was driven by none other than Jochen Mass.

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This guardsman blue Shelby 289 Cobra exudes wonderful patina acquired since its restoration about 30 years ago and is in excellent condition throughout. The car has been looked after by Torsten Schwartz of Total Performance who rebuilt the engine – delivering 410 bhp. The car has old FIA HTP papers from 2012 which need renewal and is road registered in Germany. The Cobra is pictured in the rare out-of-print book „Cobra – The Story Of An Icon“ by Trevor Legate/Kay Hafner.

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CSX2194 can either be used as-is by its next lucky owner or it can easily be updated with a hardtop, roll-cage and some further race preparation to turn it in a competitive FIA Shelby Cobra. Or it can be converted back to street specification. The old racing logbooks , copies of the original invoices from AC and Shelby American and many racing photos are coming with the car and making this Cobra a great addition to every collection.

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Photocredit: Ralph Lueker / ccw