Who: 1962 Shelby Cobra CSX2000
Why: It is widely acknowledged that the 1962 Shelby Cobra CSX2000 is the most valuable muscle car out there with staggering prices reached in the past both at auction and with a private sale – and we don’t see why not. Considering the impact, Carroll made on the American sports car scene with the advent of the Shelby Cobra cannot be overstated.
Dubbed by RM Sotheby’s as “the most important American sports car to ever be offered for sale,” the very first Shelby Cobra commanded a final price of $13,750,000 – a new auction benchmark for an American automobile. The original Shelby Cobra, CSX 2000 marked the start of legendary Carroll Shelby’s incredible automotive legacy, but was constructed and kept from new by Carroll Shelby and never left his care. The Carroll Hall Shelby Trust offered CSX 2000’s strong sales price represents a new record for an American car sold at auction, besting the previous record ($11m for a 1968 Ford GT40 Gulf / Mirage), which was set at the same sale in August 2012.
CSX 2000’s technical specifications are also extraordinary. A 1962 road test revealed a 0–60 mph sprint in just 4.2 seconds, a standing quarter-mile run in 13.8 seconds at 112 mph, and a top speed of 153 mph. What about the top speed? 153 mph (246 km/h). For the Swinging Sixties, these figures are extremely impressive.