Almost half dozen vintage racing cars with considerable price is displayed for sale by a renowned Ford Motor Company collector. He is a mega car dealer in Tucson, Arizona and he is Jim Click. His company treats the needs of each individual customer with paramount concerns. They understand that each customers have high expectations, and as a Ward’s top 100 recognized automotive dealer, they enjoy the challenge of meeting and exceeding those standards on a consistent basis.
The top of his offerings is the 1964 Shelby Cobra. This 1964 Shelby Cobra ‘B’ Production Racing car is the ‘winningest’ Cobra in History. It was invoiced to Shelby America on 6/10/1964 and carried the chassis number CSX 2473. It was sent to Los Angeles on the SS American Princess on June 23rd. Its first owner was a Shelby employee named James Findley who purchased the car for $3,778. In 1965 he had the car painted black with white Le Mans stripes. He added a 6.5-inch and 8.5-inch Hali brands, flared fenders, side pipes, quick-life jacks, hood scoop, and a roll-bar.
The second in line is 31 Mark I GT40s Ford changed little for their road-going orders, handing over keys to Le Mans-ready cars for diminutive street use.
Under the large clamshell hood, the production GT40 used the Ford Fairlane V8 which was first installed by Shelby American. For the road, Ford supplied 335 bhp, in competition trim, with a lighter flywheel and no mufflers, this engine produced 380 bhp.
The interior is where Ford Advanced vehicles changed the road cars the most. As one would guess more interior trim, pockets and sound deadening where added in the mix. Further amenities included a heater, a radio and glass windscreens.
Joining it is a ’64 Shelby 289 Cobra that Click has bought and sold three times since 1976. Now it’s being sold again with estimates exceeding $1 million. There’s another 289 Cobra as well, along with a pair of Ford Mustang Boss 302 Trans Am racers from 1969 and 1970 – each valued at over a million – and a ’66 Shelby GT350 that’s expected to far exceed the value of the barn-found example we brought you recently at around $400k.
Ford decided use their own engineering talents at Kar Kraft for the 1969 season contender. This opened the door for Bud Moore to field two cars for complete season alongside the Shelby team. Both teams fought to regain the title from the Penske Camaros, but 1969 was not their year.
Ford president Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen personally ensured the 1969 Mustang had the style and performance that would help it succeed. Part of the right package came from Larry Shinoda at the Special Design Centre who encouraged the fastback model in Trans-Am and also designed the cars radical graphics and the BOSS name.