Of all the Cobras ever to slither out of Carroll Shelby's snakepit, the 289 FIA Cobras are arguably among the most significant, for they opened the door to the Cobras in international competition, ultimately resulting in a World Championship for the marque.
They were driven at the time by such now legendary drivers as Bob Bondurant, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill and Ken Miles, winning regularly in competition with Corvettes and Ferraris.
The 289 FIA Cobras were built specifically for, with modifications that included a new instrument panel, widened front and rear fenders, cut-back doors, new dampers, racing wheels featuring a pin-drive hub, oil cooler scoops and a competition spec 289 cubic-inch small block engine.
The continuation models, which made their debut this weekend at the annual Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, will be painted "Viking Blue" with FIA stripes and roundels.
Because complete new vehicles could not meet today's safety standards, the CSX7000 Continuation Shelby Cobra 289 FIA’s are component vehicles, built to order and delivered as rolling chassis without a drivetrain.
According to the company, the Continuation Shelby Cobra 289 FIA vehicles retain the authentic look and suspension type of the originals but are upgraded to contemporary standards, with modern disc brakes, a stronger frame and the bodies available in either aluminum. Like the original, or fibreglass.
Prices begin at $94,995 (US) for a fibreglass bodied car and $159,995 (US) with an aluminum body, excluding drive train. Orders can be placed through through a network of Shelby American Cobra dealers.