1962 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra

Classic cars are not something that we spend an undue amount of time poring over here at Coolector HQ but every once in a while one comes along that stops us in our tracks and makes us sit up and take notice and there was one such example recently when we stumbled across this 1962 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra which recently sold through Sotherbys for just shy of $2m and, truth be told, it’s not difficult to see why.

As we’re not petrol heads in any way, shape or form at The Coolector, the following information doesn’t mean a great deal to us but we dare say it will ramp up the impressiveness of this vehicle to those in the know. The 1962 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra boasts 340 bhp, 289 cu. in. OHV V-8 engine with two Carter four-barrel carburetors, four-speed Borg Warner T-10 transmission, independent front and rear suspension with A-arms, transverse leaf springs, and tube shock absorbers, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. And, perhaps more eye-opening still, is the fact that this is the first racing-specification Shelby Cobra sold to the public. Feast your eyes on a few more shots of this jaw-dropping machine below:

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A truly magnificent machine that has gone to a new home of some deep pocketed individual, the breathtaking 1962 Shelby 289 Competition Cobra really is a cut above in the style and design stakes and whilst we’ll never be in a position to outlay so much on a car, if we did have the readies, it would definitely be spent on something like this extraordinary steed.

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Leo is the owner of The Coolector and writes about the stuff he loves. And some stuff that he merely likes.