Announcing Online Auctions! Rare classic and collector cars vetted by our dealer network.
 Click here to bid now.

1965 Shelby Cobra 4000 Roadster Sells For $126,500

By Steven Symes Jan 18, 2020
news
Shop Sports
By Steven Symes Jan 18, 2020
This no-reserve car owned by Carroll Shelby is going to a new home.

There is a deluge of cars crossing the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2020, so many it’s overwhelming. However, this 1965 Shelby Cobra 4000 Roadster stands out in the crowd for some excellent reasons. First and foremost, this car is the only Carroll Shelby 80th Birthday Phantom Cobra ever made, so it’s completely unique. Owned by Mr. Shelby himself, he autographed this sports car on the nose (where it’s protected by the clear coat) and on the dash. Anyone lucky enough to own this vehicle has reason to brag. When it crossed the block in Arizona, it was sold for a final hammer price of $126,500.

View in gallery
View 6+
["1965 Shelby Cobra 4000 Roadster Heads To Auction"]
View
["1965 Shelby Cobra 4000 Roadster Heads To Auction"]
View
["1965 Shelby Cobra 4000 Roadster Heads To Auction"]
View
["1965 Shelby Cobra 4000 Roadster Heads To Auction"]
View
["1965 Shelby Cobra 4000 Roadster Heads To Auction"]
View
["1965 Shelby Cobra 4000 Roadster Heads To Auction"]
View
["1965 Shelby Cobra 4000 Roadster Heads To Auction"]
View 6+

That shiny red paint looks amazing in the sunlight, but it also bears a Phantom Cobra on both front fenders, a custom touch which immediately sets this apart from other Shelby Cobras. Massive headers protrude just behind the front wheels, the exhaust on each side terminating before the rear wheels. Overall, it’s a simple car with clean lines, including a single rollover hoop, black hood scoop, minimal chrome, and two-tone polished/black knock-off wheels.

Not surprisingly considering his past, Carroll Shelby wanted a high-powered car to celebrate turning 80. This ride packs a 427ci dual-quad aluminum V8 good for 550-horsepower. As the driver, you would get to row through the gears using a four-speed manual transmission.

People across the nation had the opportunity to see this Shelby in person during the Shelby of America Tour, which was a celebration of Carroll Shelby’s 80th birthday. Overall, the black interior is simple, with a wood-rim steering wheel and all analog gauges. However, next to Mr. Shelby’s signature on the dash is a plaque from Shelby American, verifying this is chassis CSX4209, a 427 S/C Cobra. On the center console behind the shifter is another plaque featuring a photo of Carroll Shelby, which he also signed with “#1 Phantom.”

As you might anticipate, this car has a well-documented history and is listed in the Shelby World Registry.


Related articles

Muscular 1974 Super Duty Trans Am Commands Attention

Some call this the last great Pontiac muscle car! Authentic Trans Am Super Duty cars are not as easy to come by as ...
By Elizabeth Puckett Feb 14, 2020

Scarface’s Cadillac is Available To Buy

This is the ride the notorious Al Capone made famous. Love or loathe him, everyone knows Al Capone or “Scarface.” T...
By Steven Symes Feb 14, 2020

Father And Son Reflect On 1971 Alfa Romeo Spider 1300 Junior

Even through the language barrier, the love of cars translates. Everyone seems to have their own idea of what const...
By Steven Symes Feb 14, 2020

The Don Bolles Car Controversy

It all boils down to whether the Datsun should be displayed or destroyed. June 2, 1976 is a day which rocked the jo...
By Steven Symes Feb 14, 2020
Show Me More

URL copied to clipboard