AC Shelby Cobra 289 (Original) Chassis CSX2206
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- Famous first owner
- Long term ownership
- Never raced
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This AC Cobra was supplied from new in 1964 to a Mr Ross Bagdasarian better know as David Seville, the man behind Alvin and the Chipmunks. He bought this new Cobra in Beverly Hills, California in the USA. The car received its “LIV136” license plates. As this car never left California it still has those original Black Plates. It is not quite sure how long Mr Bagdasarian enjoyed the car for as he died in 1971 at the age of 52. What we do know is that Mr Kinsey bought the car in 1975 as a project. The car was in pieces, so he decided to reassemble it. Kinsey was intent on keeping this car for a long time, so he set about the job without any concern for the cost or effort needed to complete the task. After its resurrection, the car was in peak condition and Kinsey made his dream of keeping the car for a long time come true. He kept the car an amazing 45 years until 2020! That amount of time is considered in anyone’s money, keeping a car for that long is almost unheard of.
Of course, it is not just a case of getting in and driving away, a car that is in regular use also needs to be maintained. In 1999 another thorough revamp was decided upon. The bodywork was taken back to bare metal, repaired were needed before being resprayed in its “Maroon” finish. The interior trim was completely reupholstered in supple black Connolly leather. During his time the owner made numerous short and longer trips, all without major mishap. Any small problems that crept up could be easily remedied anywhere in the States thanks to the simplicity of the car’s build. That is the big advantage of an “all American sportscar”.
That was precisely the view the Texan chicken farmer, Carol Shelby had. He wanted to build an all American sports car. We should simply overlook the fact he actually sourced the bodywork and chassis in the UK.
The excellent care lavished on the car is still abundantly obvious. The bodywork is straight with nice and thin, correctly aligned aluminium panelwork. The chrome bumpers are also in great shape. The paintwork has acquired a lovely patina adding to the car’s charm. The correctly mounted roll-bar is not only a good safety feature but also contributes to the car’s overall stiffness. The car stands on Hallibrand GT40 rims shod with good quality rubber.
The car was mechanically extremely well maintained. The engine runs perfectly and ensures this Cobra is literally a beast to drive. The 289 Cubic Inches of V8 is attached to a 4-speed manual. Both brakes and suspension are in good shape and work as they should.
The car’s current good condition is mainly thanks to the fact the Cobra was used as a streetcar. A lot of cobras were raced and as an enormously extended period of time passed before the Cobra was overtaken by more modern competition they remained the obvious choice in many racing classes. Hence these cars always lived a heavy life. This car has always enjoyed a lot of care and attention, which is reflected in the way it drives. The car feels solid and steers exactly as it should be.
This is a wonderful AC Cobra 289 with a famous first owner and long-term possession of its third owner in prime condition!
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