Two lovely Shelby Cobra Roadsters from the 60s were each sold for a seven-figure price at an auction over the weekend.
First up, the white one with a black interior is a 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster that was estimated to fetch anywhere between $1.1M-$1.3M at Dana Mecum’s 29th Original Spring Classic. The estimation was spot on as it went under the hammer for a cool $1.1M. As seen in the attached images and video, the car appears to be in top notch condition and comes with the original paint and leather interior.
Driven for only 20,165 miles (32,452 kilometers), the car comes from the Joe McMurrey Collection and has an entirely detailed history. It’s powered by a big-block V8 427 cubic inch (7.0 liters) engine delivered to the Halibrand knock-off wheels through a four-speed transmission.
As for the other car, the silver 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster has a red leather interior and was estimated to grab $800,000 - $1M at the auction. This estimation was also correct as the vehicle 271 out of a total of 453 street cars was acquired for $1M. Purchased as new by founder of Mercury Marine, E.C. Kiekhaefer, the car belonged at one point to NHRA World Champion, Bruce Larson.
In the early 2000s, the car was bought by renowned Shelby and Mustang collector, Barry Smith, who sent it to Cobra restorer Dave Wagner of Detroit, Michigan for a full restoration. Brought back to concours quality in 2003, the car has a HiPo 289 cubic inch (4.7 liters) V8 engine hooked up to a four-speed transmission. It sits on chrome knock-off wire wheels and is equipped with a quick-fill fuel cap while the interior has the full array of instrumentation available back then. It also comes with the optional push-button radio (with antenna) and heater.
These two highly-prized Shelby Cobra Roadsters were the top sellers during the event organized by Mecum Auctions on May 20 and were followed by a 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback ($500,000), a 1972 Ferrari Dino GT ($310,000), and a 1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback ($285,000).
Source: Mecum Auctions