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18-19 August 2017

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Lot 240

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra "CSX 2075"

  • Chassis no. CSX 2075

Sold for $803,000


  • Reportedly one of three cars independently built to Dragonsnake specification
  • One of the very first Cobras to be equipped with a 289 V-8
  • Long period history in SCCA competition on the West Coast
  • Wonderful patina, inside and out
  • A driver’s Cobra, to be used and enjoyed with pride


According to the World Registry of Cobras and GT40s, Francis Ford Motors of Portland, Oregon, delivered Shelby Cobra no. CSX 2075 to local customer Chet McFallo. McFallo promptly converted the Cobra into what the Shelby factory referred to as a “Dragonsnake,” a Cobra built for drag-racing rather than a circuit track, with fender flares, a soft top, single four-barrel carburetor, and cheater slicks. Initially raced in the SCCA B/Sports-Production class, it was progressively modified over time to compete in other classes, including eventual passes in C/Altered runs that reportedly set unofficial records.

One of the car’s engines during this period was a 289 V-8—actually taken from a Gurney-Eagle!—making this one of the very first Cobras (reportedly the second) to have a 289 dropped under the hood . . . and probably one of the most powerful.

Jim Kirby acquired the car in May of 1971 and converted it back to street specifications. Three years later, it was owned briefly by Stephen Monaco, next passing to Gary Kadrmas of Portland, Oregon, who performed a full restoration. The car was finished in black with smaller rear fender flares, while the hood scoop, rollbar, and five-spoke American Racing wheels of its competition days remain to this day. The 289 was fitted with dual Holley four-barrel carburetors, and a Hurst shifter was added to the interior.

The current owner acquired CSX 2075 directly from Shelby American, through his friendship with Carroll Shelby. Today, CSX 2075 wears its years of driving enjoyment with pride, with charming patina to its 1970s repaint and its original black interior, showing that many thrilling miles have been traveled behind the wheel. It is an evocative presentation, similar to how many of these cars appeared during their competition days, down to a Hurst transmission line-lock. Under the hood, the chassis number stamping is still visible on the frame rail. The dashboard contains correct Stewart-Warner gauges, and bears Carroll Shelby’s famous signature, while what appears to be the original spare wire wheel is mounted in the trunk.

A Cobra to be used and enjoyed, this car looks as much fun as it is. It is ready for the next road rally or tour that its new owner wishes to undertake, savoring American grunt on the open road or a quarter-mile at a time.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more