There’s a possibility the most expensive car ever sold at an auction will no longer be a Ferrari 250 GTO.
Currently holding the record for most expensive car ever sold at an auction is a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that fetched $34.65 million in 2014 at the Bonham’s Quail auction. Now, the very first-ever Shelby Cobra is crossing the auction block at RM Sotheby’s in Monterey, sporting serial number CSX 2000. There’s an interesting story with CSX 2000: when Shelby first started loaning out the car to the media for testing and review purposes, he didn’t want them to know he had only built one Cobra. So each time CSX 2000 was delivered to a new journalist, he had it repainted a different color so that it appeared he had a fleet of Cobra test cars.
Shelby, who passed away at the age of 89 in 2012, always planned for the CSX 2000 to be sold one day with the proceeds going to the Carroll Shelby Foundation that helps fund research into childhood illnesses. It appears that day has finally come.
Some would argue that this is the most important car in American history. If Shelby never created the first Cobra, there would have never been a Shelby American or a GT40, nevermind all the models that have followed since.
The first-ever Shelby Cobra will be auctioned on August 19, 2016 and it will be something to keep an eye on, especially if it becomes the most expensive car ever sold at an auction.