Lot #1254 - In the world of exalted, championship-winning, awe-inspiring sports cars, the Shelby Cobra requires no introduction. From its design and performance to its heritage and competition history, there's truly nothing like it. Few cars are as collectible as the Snake that conquered the Prancing Horse in 1965. According to the Shelby American Automobile Club, only 311 of the "big block" Cobras were built from 1965-1967. In answer to the prayers of countless enthusiasts worldwide, Shelby Automobiles has been manufacturing continuation cars with 4000 and 6000 CSX serial numbers since 1995. Not to be confused with Cobra replicas, these are genuine Shelby Cobras, authenticated by Shelby Automobiles, Inc. with proper CSX numbers and a Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO), signed by Carroll Shelby himself. Only a small number are built each year and every car is listed in the official Shelby registry. While true to the cars built in the 1960's, improvements over the original include a stronger steel frame and better alloys utilized in the components, improved cooling and additional heat shielding, all of which renders these cars safer and more drivable, but with all the authentic Cobra character. Outfitted with the proper 427 side-oiler, these Cobras are capable of 0-60 runs in under three seconds and 10-second quarter mile times. Performance figures on par with contemporary supercars. The Shelby Cobra presented here, CSX6018 is absolutely brand new and is ready to hit the road. It was titled very recently, awaits its first owner and is offered directly from a factory authorized Cobra dealer with over 30 years experience and considered one of the leading experts on Shelby cars. It is fully documented with a copy of the original MSO signed by Carroll Shelby himself. In fact, his distinctive signature also graces the glove box door. The fiberglass body is strikingly finished in the LeMans-winning Shelby unique color, LeMans Blue, a particularly rare color and one that complements this performance icon very well. It's all there, from distinctive Halibrand wheels to the classic wood-rimmed steering wheel, CSX6018 is fitted with every available factory option. Power is proven by the rare and period correct mid-1960's vintage Ford 427cid side-oiler V8 motor, which sports medium-riser aluminum heads and a Shelby-style side-winder intake, producing an earth shattering 600hp on standard super unleaded pump gas. Given the strong sums commanded by 1960's era Shelby Cobras in today's market, CSX6018 offers an alternative that is at once eminently usable and fully authenticated by Carroll Shelby.