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Year: 1963

Manufacturer: Shelby

Model: Cobra Mk I

Country: USA

Owner(s):
Lewis Pollard

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1963 Shelby Cobra Mk I

This 1963 Shelby Cobra, CSX2125, is the last Mark I built with a worm and sector steering box. 

One of only three cars painted Metaline Blue, it was originally built and sold as a “street Cobra”, equipped with class A accessories and the 289 high performance Ford V8 engine and Borg Warner T10 four speed transmission.  

The car was originally consigned to Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI.  For unknown reasons the invoice was voided and the car was invoiced to the US Molded Fiberglass Company in Detroit, MI.  It is believed the car was either sold as a favor or as part of an evaluation program.  

The car had several owners over the years, most notably Ned Tanen, a Hollywood movie producer known for American Graffiti, Jaws, Top Gun and other hits. Ned, who owned the car for over 20 years, was also a friend of Carroll Shelby, and Shelby signed the glove box door with “Great car Ned.  Your friend Carroll Shelby”.  (The signature was removed and preserved during restoration in 2019.)  

Mr. Lewis Pollard, the current owner, purchased the car in 2010 at a Bonhams auction. It was meticulously restored to original specifications, completed in 2019.  The car was awarded the Craftsman Phil Hill Restorer’s Award-Sports/Race at Amelia Island in March 2020.

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