Marengo, Illinois – The championship-winning 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX2601 has sold at a California auction for US$7.25 million, setting the record for the highest price paid for an American car at public auction.
The car was sold by Mecum Auction Company at its inaugural event in Monterey. “Selling this amazing piece of American race history at our first Monterey auction has been the crowning achievement of my career and Mecum Auction’s 22 years of selling collector cars,” said president Dana Mecum.
The car was one of six built by Carroll Shelby to compete against Ferrari in the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Manufacturers Championship for GT race class. The first car used an experimental coupe body on an existing Cobra chassis and won its first race, the 1964 Daytona Continental, prompting Shelby to adopt the name. Five more were built, including the record-setting CSX2601.
After competing at Daytona, Monza, Spa and Nurburgring, CSX2601 took the 1965 World Manufacturers Championship, driven by race driver Bob Bondurant, who drove the car across the auction block at the sale.