It was an American Revolution, the likes of which had not been seen in almost 200 years! Carroll Shelby – the man, the larger-than-life Texan, and the battle-tested racing veteran – fired a shot across the bow of every sports car manufacturer in the world and, in doing so, set the car world on fire with the Cobra.
This Cobra, the very same car RM Sotheby’s is honoured to present at Monterey in a few short weeks, is the cornerstone on which Shelby changed the course of automotive history. It is the actual pen with which he signed his declaration of war and the idea upon which hebuilt his company and revolutionised American racing—and the greater auto industry as a whole.
After over 50 years of ownership and without ever leaving the care of its founding father, it is, without exception, the single most important and history-rewriting sports car ever offered at auction. Supremely original and with extraordinary history, RM Sotheby’s celebrates this national treasure at its Monterey auction in August.