Shelby American has created a special limited-production Continuation Cobra called the CSX7000 Shelby 289 FIA Cobra to celebrate its 50 year anniversary. Limited to 50 cars, the collectors car was unveiled at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson Auction. Each car will be painted “Viking Blue” with FIA stripes and roundels, feature a black FIA interior, special billet anniversary badges, original style wheels and a variety of additional options for future owners to customize their car.
“The 289 FIA Shelby Cobras were among the most important cars in American racing history,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “The FIA Cobras built during that period were piloted by racing legends including Ken Miles, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill and Bob Bondurant. Thus, some of the most revered drivers in the sport put the 289 FIA Cobra into the winner’s circle. Combining a robust, powerful American engine with a lightweight chassis was sheer brilliance. Shelby’s formula still resonates today and is followed by automakers worldwide.”
“Our CSX7000 cars incorporate safety and performance improvements, without sacrificing driving excitement or originality,” added Vince LaViolette, senior designer and head of R&D at Shelby American. “With a small block V8 pushing only 2,100 lbs., it’s the lightest Cobra ever built with an incredible power-to-weight ratio. This allows the small block Cobra to dive deep into corners and pull through with incredible precision and accuracy.”
Designed to mimic the design of the original 1964 Shelby 289 FIA Cobra, the CSX7000 utilizes modern materials that Shelby American says will make it the lightest Shelby Cobra ever.
“The importance and historical significance of these cars was the fact that they brought a small shop in Southern California to the forefront of international racing on two continents within the same year,” said Shelby Expert and SAAC Member Jeff Gagnon. “Shelby American took it to Ferrari, Corvette and other well-supplied, well-funded and established race teams and manufacturers. That was no small feat, even in those simpler times.”
These commemorative Cobras are intended for owners to shoehorn their own small-block Ford engine into the car’s engine bay – each car comes with a full exhaust system ready to bolt up to such an engine. Cars also come with billet anniversary badging, a fitted cover and an optional detachable steering wheel. Prices start at $94,995 for the fiberglass models and $159,995 for an aluminum body.