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1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Serial Number CSX2538

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Lead photograph of 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Serial Number CSX2538

Specifications

Make   Shelby Model   Cobra 289
Year   1965 Serial #   CSX2538
Engine #   00041 VIN   
Engine Type   Ford 289 ci Chassis Type   Steel Tube
Build Sequence #    Number Built   589
Body Type   Roadster Body Builder   A.C. Cars, Ltd.
First Owner   Kreider Current Owner   Current Owner
Build Sheet   No Current Location   Arizona

Features

1965 Shelby Cobra s/n CSX2538. A well-documented, matching-numbers rack and pinion Cobra 289. New in red with black and Class “A” accessories, including white sidewall tires; a luggage rack and five chrome wheels. Sold new on 03 March, 1965 to Andrew Kreider II. Sold to noted collector John Fergus in 1979. In storage until June 2008. In May 2011 it was sold to the current owner in Phoenix, Arizona.

Older red re-paint on a very good body. Black leather with good patina, black carpets, wood steering wheel. Matching-number Ford 289 engine with twin-4-barrel Carter AFB carburetors. Starts instantly and drives very well. Has a bulletproof top-loader gearbox and the original Borg-Warner T-10 gearbox. Serviced in June and October of 2011 for a total of $6,238.75. Invoices on file. Has the side curtains, the top bows, black canvas top, jack kit and chrome wheel spare. Very original, well sorted and ready for this year’s “Cobra 50th Anniversary” at the Monterey Motorsports Reunion weekend.

History

S/n CSX2538. 1964 production. Early rack and pinion car. New in red with black leather. Chrome wheels, white sidewall tires, luggage rack.

1964, 01 Sept., invoiced to Shelby American.

1964, 15 Sept., shipped to L.A. (Long Beach) aboard the “SS Diemerdyk”.

1964, 11 Jan., invoiced new by Shelby American to Ray Hunt Ford, Daytona Beach, Florida as: 1 Cobra-Ford chassis CSX2538, red/black, $5,195. With class “A” Including white sidewall tires and a luggage rack ($280.50); 5 chrome wheels ($105); antifreeze ($3.55) and air freight ($295), for a total of $5,879.05.

Delivered to Florida via the Holman-Moody truck.

1965, 03 Mar., sold new to Andrew Kreider II, Lake Worth, FL. Total invoice $7024.87. Kreider traded a 1964 Corvette in on the Cobra.

1965, 07 Nov., back to Ray Hunt Ford with 1,423 miles for a new windshield.

1966, 11 June, sold by Hardy-McNeil Motors, Pensacola, FL, to Richard E. Parker, Huntington Beach, CA. Total invoice $5865.21. Richard Parker purchased the Cobra en route from Florida to Huntington Beach, CA to get married.

Shortly following the car’s arrival in San Diego, Parker was shipped to Vietnam, and the chore of driving the Cobra was assumed by Parker’s wife. Cockpit insulation and a side-exit exhaust were installed by 1967. The car’s red finish had been damaged at the wedding by the attachment of a “Just Married” sign along with miscellaneous rings, cans, bottles, etc.

1967, 10 Feb., serviced by Quality Foreign, 3464 Kurtz St., San Diego, CA. Owned by Richard Parker, San Diego, CA. Lube and oil, total invoice $26.32.

1967, 03 Oct., serviced by City Motors, 1401 National Ave., National City, CA, 92050. Owned by Richard Parker, San Diego, CA. Replace speedo drive gear, total invoice $313.

1967, 17 Apr., serviced by Quality Foreign, 3464 Kurtz St., San Diego, CA. Owned by Richard Parker, San Diego, CA. Replace right rear hub., total invoice $83.75.

1967, 21 Apr., serviced by Quality Foreign, 3464 Kurtz St., San Diego, CA. Owned by Richard Parker, San Diego, CA. New brake pads, total invoice $23.62.

1967, 26 June, serviced by Quality Foreign, 3464 Kurtz St., San Diego, CA. Owned by Richard Parker, San Diego, CA. Repair carb linkage, total invoice $11.08.

1967, 28 Dec., serviced by Downey Auto Center, 9500 Lakewood Blvd., Downey, CA. Owned by Richard Parker, CA. Repair speed, total invoice $4.53.

1967, offered for sale, a prospective buyer lost control on a test-drive, sliding the Cobra into a curb and necessitating replacement of much of the right rear suspension.

1967, 29 Dec., serviced by Quality Foreign, 3464 Kurtz St., San Diego, CA. Owned by Richard Parker, San Diego, CA. Rebuild gearbox, brake pads, replace left rear “A” arms, align rear suspension. Total invoice $340.57.

1968, hit in the right rear by a 1950s Cadillac that led to a repaint in Firebird metallic green in 1968.

1968, 06 June, serviced by Quality Foreign, 3464 Kurtz St., San Diego, CA. Owned by Richard Parker, San Diego, CA. Adjust shift linkage, repack front wheel bearings, total invoice $32.32.

1968, 27 Aug., serviced by Quality Foreign, 3464 Kurtz St., San Diego, CA. Owned by Richard Parker, San Diego, CA. Top bows, front hose, temp gauge, lube and oil, total invoice $46.74.

1969, 10 Mar., install four new Polyglass tires by Carroll Shelby Enterprises, 1036 Garnet, Pacific Beach, CA. Owned by Richard Parker, San Diego, CA. Total invoice $195.85.

1969, June, sold to the son of a Phoenix, Arizona Ford-Mercury dealer.

1970s, as per Don Roberts in Mesa Arizona: in pieces and sold to the owner of American Fiberglass, Phoenix, AZ.

1970s, late, sold to Jim Southard, Marietta GA.

1978, offered for sale, still red with black leather and chrome wire wheels at $35k.

1978, sold to Buz Benson, Naples, FL.

1979, early, with The Loft of Naples, Naples, FL. 78,400 miles.

1979, 04 Apr., Florida title issued to John C. Fergus, Columbus, OH.

1979-2008, in long-term storage and with John C. Fergus, Columbus, OH or his estate. Registered on Ohio plates “COBRA”.

2008, June, sold to Peter Klutte at Legendary Motorcars, Toronto, Canada.

Sold to Ed Blais, Park City, UT.

2009, early, Blais put the car up for sale at a price of $595k when a piece of property he wanted became available.

2009, 20 Feb., Montana title issued to Ed Blais.

2011, early, sold by Ed Blais to Lynn Park, La Canada, CA.

2011, early, resold to David Lerian, Los Angeles, CA.

2011, May, sold by David Lerian to current owner, St. Louis, MO.

2011, 02 June, Arizona title issued to current owner.

2011, 07 June, as per e-mail to current owner from Ned Scudder, Shelby Registry:

“...please rest assured that your engine number and data tag are consistent with what was going on at Shelby American at the time of the cars production. Nearby cars include engine numbers 00003, 00005, 00006, 00010, 00015, 00048, etc., hence yours - 00041 - fits the sequence.”

2011, 28 June, service by Mike Dopudja’s AZ Collector cars LLC, 2725 N. Ogden Road, Mesa, AZ, 85215. New radiator core, repair header tank, new radiator hoses, electric fuel pump, adjust doors, update air filters, change fluids, check tires, install new wiper blades, new headlights, total invoice $5,290.86.

2011, 11 Oct., serviced by Mike Dopudja’s AZ. Collector Cars LLC. Changed oil and filter. Make up new oil lines and fit new oil cooler. Total invoice $947.89.

2012, June, on consignment with Mike Sheehan’s Ferraris-online.com LLC.

Note: The above vehicle information is complete and accurate to the best of our knowledge at the time it is posted to this website. Corrections or additional information is always appreciated.