In the elite world of vintage car collecting, two vehicles stand out for their unique histories and groundbreaking designs: Carroll Shelby's first 289 Cobra and the storied Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa. These iconic sportscars, each with a legacy of innovation and victory, represent the pinnacle of automotive excellence and collectibility.


The Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa represents the epitome of Italian craftsmanship and racing prowess. Only 33 were made over five years by the talented Sergio Scaligetti and is being prepared for auction with a pre auction estimate of 26-30 million euros. With a remarkable racing history and a complete restoration at Ferrari Classiche, this Testa Rossa combines beauty and power, thanks to its Colombo V12 engine.


Lightweight and swift, it has cemented its place as a four-time World Sports Car Championship winner and a cinematic icon in the biopic of Enzo Ferrari. 

On the other side of the Atlantic, The Carroll Shelby's 289 Cobra, marks a significant milestone in the evolution of American sports cars. Originally owned by Dr. Harrison Horn, a pioneering computer scientist at Stanford University, this Cobra was the first to be fitted with the now-iconic 289 cubic-inch V-8 engine.

1963 Shelby 289 Cobra

Its preservation and documentation are unparalleled, making it a prized artifact of automotive history. Known for its original features and significant performance upgrades, the Cobra CSX 2044 is a testament to the ingenuity of Shelby and the passion of its owners. It’s truly a remarkable to own the “first” of anything but the 1963 Shelby 289 Cobra, the first of it’s kind, is now up for bidding at sotheby’s asking between $1,200,000 and $1,400,000.

Shelby Cobra

This car has been featured in nearly every significant catalogue of Shelby Marque history and sits just shy of 27,2000 miles. Truly a once in a century collectors piece.

The stories of these two cars intertwine through their impact on the automotive world. While the Cobra CSX 2044 brought American ingenuity to the forefront, the Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa showcased Italian elegance and engineering brilliance. Both cars have set records, not just on the race track but also in the collector's world, becoming symbols of a golden era in automotive history.

As they prepare to find new homes, with the Cobra being a part of Lynn Park's collection and the Testa Rossa heading to auction, these cars represent more than just historical artifacts. They are living legends, embodiments of the dreams and aspirations of their creators and owners. The Shelby 289 Cobra and Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa are not just vehicles; they are timeless stories of innovation, passion, and unparalleled success in the automotive world.

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