This 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra with VIN number CSX 2518 was ordered on July 21, 1964, and was shipped to Los Angeles on board the SS Dongedyk on July 30, 1964. On November 3, 1964, it was purchased by Reynolds Motors from Syracuse, New York with a price of $6,150.05.
The next known history of this Cobra was brought by Ray Danton, its owner at that time, to Colorado in June 1980. It was brought to Mike’s Performance Headquarters located in Englewood. In 1981, the owner Mike Dopudja led the restoration of this Cobra and prepared it for racing. Dopudja was a master fabricator and had experience in handling Cobra cars, including the legendary Shelby Type 65 Daytona Super Coupe and the Shelby Can-Am Cobra.
In 1982, Danton went to Road Atlanta and entered this Cobra at the Atlanta Vintage Grand Prix. That same year, Danton also brought it to the Old Car Council Show in Denver, Colorado. Danton then decided to put this Cobra for sale with an asking price of $65,000 but it was only on December 15, 1988, that this Cobra changed ownership. It was purchased by John Baldwin from Covington, Los Angeles.
Baldwin had fun driving this Cobra on the streets for the better part of the 1990s, he modified it into a more street friendly car it is today. Baldwin had it repainted in its current Guardsman blue finish. Baldwin said that because of all the suspension upgrades it got from its racing days, this 289 Cobra had the best handling his ever driven. He brought it to the Hilton Head and entered the SVRA Concours where he won the Most Authentic award. In 1995, Baldwin decided to sell it at the SAAC-20 in Atlanta, Georgia with a price of $175,000.
By February 1997, this Cobra changed ownership again and went to Roger Werner Jr. from Greenwich, Connecticut. While it was under Roger’s ownership, the car was regularly maintained by Cobra Automotive in Wallingford, Connecticut.
It then made its way to Canepa, a restoration company that specializes in racecars. This Cobra received proper care, a new convertible top was installed and everything was restored to pristine condition. The 289 ci engine was finely tuned and the 4 Weber carburetors work perfectly. The roll bar was reinforced, the FIA wheels have been repainted. The original seats have been restored and look good as new, the same goes for its original bumpers. This Shelby creation has been brought back to its former glory and ready to hit the tracks once again. Not too many of these automotive masterpieces were built, and fewer are left today. It’s always a pleasure to see one of Carroll Shelby’s creations in such an excellent condition.
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