The First Three Shelby Cobras, the third book in the acclaimed
Exceptional Cars series, tells the story of three remarkable cars, the
first AC Cobras created by the legendary Carroll Shelby in 1962 and now
favorites of sports-car enthusiasts throughout the world.
The prototype CSX2000 has been described as the “most important American
car”, although it was built on a British AC Ace chassis with an American
Ford V8 engine. It was retained by the Shelby family until 2016, when it
sold at auction for a record $13.75 million.
CSX2001 was the first production Cobra, and was delivered to American
racing driver Ed Hugus. It was later sold to Frenchman Jean-Marie
Vincent, who raced in the Tour de France and in numerous European
CSX2002 was the first Cobra to race and nearly won its inaugural outing
at Riverside, driven by Bill Krause, until sidelined by a broken rear
hub. It did take the first ever Cobra win, with Dave MacDonald at Tucson
in March 1963.
Its success led to a series of competition wins that made Shelby's
Cobras famous and admired across the globe. All three cars are now the
pride of car collections in the United States of America.
CSX2000 and CSX2002 are part of the Larry Miller Collection, and CSX2001
belongs to California-based motorsport aficionado Bruce Meyer.