The 1962 Shelby Cobra number one, the CSX 2000, going under the hammer image

Carroll Shelby’s incredibly iconic and influential sports car is the collectible automotive dream and RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey will be the place to head over.

RM Sotheby’s auction house has been responsible for some great automotive pieces over the years, but they now claim they have arguably the most important American car of all time. The initial Shelby Cobra – VIN CSX 2000 – will be sold by the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust at the RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey this August. The car’s life started back in 1962 when Carroll Shelby managed to squeeze in a 260-cubic-inch V8 engine inside the chassis of the British AC Ace sports car. That meant the Shelby Cobra was born, a legendary machine well known for its brutal mind-blowing performance.

Since it’s the very first Shelby Cobra, the CSX 2000 was used not only for research and development, but also for media drives and auto shows as Shelby and his team looked to attract the world’s attention. Carroll Shelby personally owned the vehicle until he died, and has since been used for promotional events. “When it comes to American sports cars, CSX 2000 is without peers. Its historical significance and impact on the global sports car scene cannot be overstated,” says RM Sotheby’s Car Specialist Shelby Myers.