A pair of beautiful Shelby Cobra Roadsters from the 1960s were each present at a recent auction, going under the hammer for more than a million bucks each.
The 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster is up first because it also snatched the biggest purse from the collector – estimated initially to bring home anywhere between $1.1M-$1.3M at Dana Mecum’s 29th Original Spring Classic. As it turns out, the model went under the auctioneer’s hammer for the low level of the figure – around $1.1 million. The cars look to be in pristine condition and this one even comes with the original paint and leather interior. Additionally, it has only clocked 20,165 miles (32,452 kilometers) on the odometer, meaning it also has a spotless history – it comes directly from the Joe McMurrey Collection, under the hood sits a big-block V8 427 cubic inch (7.0 liters) engine which sends power to a set of Halibrand knock-off wheels via a four-speed transmission.
Meanwhile, the silver 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster is packing a red interior and initially was estimated to fetch between $800,000 – $1M at the auction. The model sold for the latter figure, as it traveled through important hands throughout its life – it was bought new by Mercury Marine founder E.C. Kiekhaefer, and then even belonged to NHRA World Champion, Bruce Larson. Reverted to show quality back in 2003, the model has a HiPo 289 cubic inch (4.7 liters) V8 engine again linked to a four-speed transmission. It even has the optional – then – push-button radio (with antenna) and heater.