The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
6/15/18 3:47 p.m.

Story By Matt Stone • Photography As Credited

Carroll Shelby and a memorable gang of SoCal hotrodders had gathered in Dean Moon’s shop. It was early 1962, and a new Ford small-block V8 was being lowered into the empty engine bay of an AC Ace roadster. This is where the whole Cobra thing began.

The car was Shelby’s development mule–a show car, a press car. It was on the move all the time in those early days, and was repainted several different colors so people–primarily magazine editors–would think there was more than one. Shelby owned it when it was born, and it is absolutely not for sale at any price.

CSX2000 is wonderfully worn but beautiful in every way, medium metallic blue at the moment and not likely to ever change colors again. Half the gauges don’t work, though the right turn signal does. All the time. No matter which levers I fiddle with.

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wspohn
wspohn Dork
6/17/18 10:57 a.m.

Since stock engine valve float sets in around 6000, and you say this one can turn 7000, I assume they hot rodded it at the start?

jimbbski
jimbbski Dork
6/17/18 3:05 p.m.

I met a guy that was the second owner of a Cobra very much like this. It was painted brown, don't ask why, I didn't. This was in 1995 when I was buying a car from the second owner,  a Fox Mustang. He has just purchased it from the first owner who he had know for like 30 years and had on many occasions made known the fact that he would buy the car from him whenever  he was ready to sell it. Well  that happen in '95 when the first owner turned 80. The car had been sitting for over 25 years un-driven. It needed every rubber part replaced as they were either rock hard or crumbling but he was able to keep the tires as they still held air,  but you wouldn't want to drive anywhere on them.   

miles_wilson
miles_wilson
6/18/18 1:24 p.m.

@wsphon Safe to assume that hot-rodding was prevalent at the conception of the Cobra, especially for a mule that stuck around this long!

dellaone
dellaone
6/29/20 3:28 p.m.

My dad, Richard Milo, was the original owner of CSX2001. It was the first "privately" owned Cobra and my dad raced it somewhat successfully in Pennsylvania and New York before selling it to Lucky Cassner. He had previously owned and raced AC Bristols in the late 50's. The reason for my post is that it appears that CSX2000 escaped all of the myriad modifications and tweaking that happened to CSX2001 in order for it to stay competetive. If you look at how my dad's car started out and how it has now ended up, I think I would be much happier with the original state of tune that CSX2000 is in. Just my humble opinion. 

Mark Gillett
Mark Gillett New Reader
6/29/20 4:04 p.m.

I love patina, but I have to vent.  There is no excuse for the condition of the leather.  In the late 1980s, we had this car off and on at the "Shelby American Museum" in Dallas and up at the chili plant in McKinney.  The seats were just fine.  It's frustrating that someone latter did not keep them up.  It is not hard to maintain leather.  There are plenty 100 year old cars across the pond with servicable leather.  The rest of the car is how I remember, and that's just fine.

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