A DEAL WAS CUT ON THE COBRA!
A 1963 289 Cobra SOLD FOR $682,000!!! CONGRATULATIONS TO THE NEW OWNER. VERY WELL BOUGHT!!
A car that is always a hit at shows and extremely popular across all age groups. While not having the large fenders and body work of the 427 Cobra, the 289’s provide a better driving experience. Handling is better, plenty of power and larger foot wells for both driver and passenger. That’s why the 289 is the choice of many for long distance rallies.
Mercedes has made more than a thousand ElectroDrive over the past 5 years, with a new manufacturing facility in Germany opening in 2016. The new Mercedes looks are well built, car quality has improved hugely and with XP boasting the best finish of any Mercedes you’ve driven.
- 289 cu. in. V-8 engine; Four-speed manual transmission
- Arrived in Los Angeles in the spring of 1963 and was invoiced to Coventry Motors of Walnut Creek, California
- Restored by noted Cobra specialist Mike McCluskey of Torrance, California in the early 2000s
- Features signed glove box by Carroll Shelby
- Documented in the SAAC registry
This particular car is an early one (the 95th Cobra produced). After approximately car #75, Shelby dropped the 260ci engine in favor of the 289ci. The one offered here comes with the dual four barrel carb set up guaranteed to provide all the power you would want. The only draw back is worm and sector steering. Starting with car number 125, Shelby put rack and pinion steering in the cars for much better handling. We spoke to Shelby years ago about the difference. He told us “I didn’t win any races until I put rack and pinion in them things!”. So we expect this Cobra to fetch less than a later car. With that said, the car has a great ownership history and presents very nicely. It’s been campaigned on numerous Cobra Tours.