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October 1, 2022

AC Cobra 289 (Shelby Cobra) – For Sale

by Mike –

The AC Ace is a great sports car that was produced by the British company, AC Cars, using a Bristol six cylinder engine. Carroll Shelby made a deal with AC to drop a Ford V8 into this chassis, with certain modifications specified by Shelby, and the AC Cobra (Shelby Cobra) was born in 1962. Shelby started with a 260 cid engine but quickly moved on to the more powerful 289 cid and eventually the awesome 427 cid.

AC Cobra 289

These were race cars sold for street use. Shelby had considerable success in racing, winning the FIA World GT Manufactures Championship in 1965 with the Daytona Cobra Coupe version. This is the only time an American company has won this championship.

There were 75 Cobra 260s made between 1962 and 1963, 580 Cobra 289 models made between 1963 and 1965 and 343 Cobra 427 versions produced between 1965 and 1967. No one knows how many thousands of replicas have been made because this is the most copied car in history.

The car pictured here is a real AC Cobra 289, chassis number CSX2419, owned by Don Lee, shown below.

AC Cobra 289

AC Cobra 289

AC Cobra 289

AC Cobra 289

This special Cobra 289 has two engines. One is the original that came with the car and the other is a 289 block that has been stroked to 347 cid producing 460 hp on pump gas – this is the engine that is in the car now.

AC Cobra 289

Below is the original 289 cid engine that is in perfect running condition.

AC Cobra 289

AC Cobra 289

This is a rare factory installed hood scoop.

AC Cobra 289

This Cobra has original black California license plates.

AC Cobra 289

This burgundy color looks fantastic.

AC Cobra 289

Yes, that is me in the Cobra!

This outstanding Cobra 289 was for sale now on eBay.

Click on the images for a larger view.

AC Cobra 289

AC Cobra 289

AC Cobra 289


  1. Love your blog! Great details and pictures.

  2. Mike Gulett says

    Thank you – I appreciate your support.

  3. michael russom says

    How can I find out which 260 Cobra I raced on famous Woodward Avenue in Detroit in 1962 that was borrowed from Henry ForI II? My friend John MacDougal’s dad was VP at Ford and brought home cars we got to drive, including tge first XKE ever in tge US which Ford beat up on the track to figure it out. I drove it without a clutch as I had learned how when my VW broke its clutch cable. Three of us in the 260 gave a Stingray with the split rear window and a supercharger sticking out of the hood a headstart at 45 mph on Woodward; as he scoffed at our invitation to race; I downshifted into first and passed him flat out at 72. He forced us off the road to see what we had—a big smoking Ford V8 with a compression ratio like a motorcycle. We had to push start it to get going again. I never forgot him saying ”Holy shit! I git to see what you got—I’ve never been best since I got this car!” The little Covra looked like an MG with three teenagers stuffed into it. I was 17. Later in 1963-64 I drove the 427; it had so much torque it was chalkenging to start off without smoking tge tires and going sideways, steered like a truck but fun as hell. But I have always wanted to know which 260 that was? Could it have been CSX2000?

  4. I am trying to get in touch with Don Lee. I met him a few weeks ago at the Amelia Island Concours. He had on display the Outlawed “Big Rig” fueling system. We discussed having him bring it to my show in Monterey during Car Week. I am Co-Founder of the He gave me his card but I lost it!!! Would you be able to put me in touch with him? Thanks in advance for any help you can provide.

    Rich Pepe

  5. Rich,

    I will send you an email with Don Lee’s contact info. BTW I have shown two cars at The Carmel Mission Classic including this Iso Grifo.

  6. wallace wyss says

    The early Cobra that Ford engineers worked on to sort out the suspension had a plexiglass windscreen full width with no frame. This could have been CSX2000 but I think Shelby kept that. The one Shelby put into production had a deeper trunk lid which Rem made shorter to give the car more rigidity,

    This picture in this article shows CSX2000 in bare aluminum being tested by John Christy in Calif.

    One way you can tell the Dearborn test car in a picture is that it has a wavy brick wall behind it, the wall undulating like a snake. That is the wall of the test track

  7. I know this post is almost a decade old… Did it come up in conversation with the owner which specific burgundy paint color this is? It looks amazing. Doesn’t look like an AC color, but seems pretty close to Jaguar Imperial Maroon.

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