This matching numbers, late production rack-and-pinion Shelby Cobra 289 has been comprehensively and authentically restored in its original colors of red over black leather interior. A show quality and drive-ready example of the “Powered By Ford” classic known for its beauty and aggressive adrenaline inducing revs
Matching Numbers. Chassis no. CSX 2328 Engine no. PA 4539 Desirable late-production model with rack-and-pinion steering. Original colors of red with black leather interior. Recent and documented comprehensive restoration to factory specifications. Complete and extensive ownership history since new. Well documented including original bill of sale and Shelby American order sheet. Tool roll, spare, jack and extra set of white wall tires.
According to the Shelby American World Registry and original documentation that accompanies the car, Mr. Dodge Olmstead purchased this Cobra 289 on October 29th, 1964 from Cherner Motor Company in Washington, DC. As the copy of the original invoice states an option set on original purchase totaling $5791.75. Mr. Olmstead kept his red Cobra for about two years, before trading it in February of 1966 for a 427 Cobra, CSX3173, through Archway Motors in Baltimore, Maryland. The next owner, Army Lieutenant Robert Whittacker, brought CSX2328 to Florida and painted the car an over the top metallic green. Then, prior to 1972, the car was acquired by Michigander Ray Angus, who chose silver as the new color for this Cobra.
In the spring of 1974, noted Cobra expert and restorer Bill Kemper acquired this Shelby and returned it to its original red paintwork. In 1986, Mr. Seymour Levin acquired this well cared for and largely original Cobra and for 24 years he housed it in his collection in Pennsylvania, before finally parting with it in 2010. That year, this car was given a mechanical refresh, before being sold to another enthusiast. When the owner prior to the current purchased CSX2328, the decision was made to restore the exceptionally authentic Cobra to its “as delivered” glory and to a concours level of completion. Prior to restoration it was noted and recorded in photographs that CSX2328 was in largely original condition, with no signs of damage or misuse.
Mechanically, the original drivetrain of CSX2328 performs flawlessly in concert with its rebuilt suspension and braking systems, offering an impressive overall driving experience. Being a late production 289, it is equipped with an impressive array of options including robust rack and pinion steering, factory side vents, Ford electrics with Stewart Warner gauges; a combination considered the most desirable of all 289 Cobras. Given the extent of the restoration, this car presents beautifully throughout. The original aluminum body is notably straight and the high quality red paintwork accentuates the curvy lines in elegant fashion. The exterior is accentuated by wind wings, wire wheels, front bumper, and comes with an extra set of white sidewall tires. The underside of the vehicle is hardly blemished since being restored to a cosmetic level befitting and matching the exterior beauty of the car. The interior has been correctly refinished in black using all original gauges and a set of period correct seat-belts has been fitted to the car.
This 1965 289 Shelby is a numbers-matching example of the iconic Cobra, complete with an extensive and rare documentation history file including: a picture of the car brand new with its original owner in the summer of 1965, the original Shelby American order sheet specific to this car, the original customer copy of the bill of sale, the canceled check for payment of original purchase in full, the original factory brochure, factory invoices, and photos of the car prior/during restoration.
Under the current ownership CSX2328 has been shown several times. It has won the Palmetto Award at the 2017 Hilton Head Island Concours d’Elegance and was subsequently accepted and shown on the field at Amelia Island in 2018.