Shelby American is auctioning off an ultra-rare FIA Shelby Cobra, paying tribute to Bob Bondurant, who won five races in 1965 en route to capturing the 1965 FIA World Sportscar Championship, America’s first and only.
The Bob Bondurant tribute FIA Shelby Cobra roadster, Cobra CSX2770, will be auctioned off later today at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Arizona. It is the latest in the ultra-limited edition, of which only 50 will be made.
“Shelby CSX2770 is a historically accurate roadster based on a Cobra roadster piloted by world-champion driver Bob Bondurant,” said Lance Stander, CEO of Shelby Legendary Cars, Hillbank USA and Superformance. “That particular car was CSX2345, the only Shelby Cobra to race and win in both 1964 and 1965. With its exclusive CSX2000 series serial number and impeccable provenance, this is an amazing opportunity to own a truly special and collectible car.”
In 2016, Shelby American and Shelby Legendary Cars announced a small series of Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupes and FIA roadsters honouring world champion Bondurant, based on the cars Bondurant raced and all bearing the CSX2000 badge.
“These Tributes are built to exacting standards with period correct, frame, suspension and even the interior and exterior trim is exact to the original car as it raced,” said Stander. “On the outside it features front air dam, bug deflector, painted quick jacks, and country of origin plate. On the interior it has the correct mirror position, driver race seat, dash layout, gauges, switches, Shelby dash plaque, and even Bob Bondurant's physical signature on the dash.”
Based on CSX2345, CSX2770 includes period correct windshield and gauges, 14-gallon fuel tank, 16-inch original style wood rim steering wheel, historically-accurate leaf spring suspension, rack & pinion steering, driver's door knee-pad, high beam activation switch and diagonal roll bar. It also has a Shelby American CSX2000 serial numbered dash plaque and original style engine bay chassis number plate.
The engine is a new 4.7-litre V-8, punched out to 6.0-litre, and mated to a TREMEC TKO600 5-speed manual transmission.
“One of the first and most successful Shelby American drivers during the 1960s, Bob Bondurant helped America win its first and only FIA Sports Car World Championship,” concluded Stander. “This car is a wonderful tribute to this American racing hero.”