BF Auction: 2000 Shelby Cobra Continuation Race Car

Asking: $150,500Make Offer

  • Seller: Larry V anscoy
  • Location: White Pine, Tenessee
  • Mileage: 100 Shown
  • Chassis #: CSX4180
  • Title Status: Clean

There was once a time when vintage race cars met an untimely end when their competition days were done. Drivers sought the latest and greatest, and the best their old machinery could hope for was that some parts would be recycled into new models. However, enthusiasts have recognized that preserving such cars is as important as it is with roadgoing classics, as we protect every aspect of our motoring heritage. This 2000 Shelby Cobra Continuation is such a car, initially serving as part of the Cobra Challenge that supported the CART Indycar Series. It has had some illustrious names behind the wheel and comes with a documented history. The owner feels the time is right for it to find a new home, listing the Cobra with us at Barn Finds Auctions.

Continuation Cobra Chassis Number CSX4180 was produced by Finish Line Motorsport in Las Vegas, Nevada, and is the second of seven cars built by that company for the Shelby Cobra Challenge Series. On the console, you’ll find Carroll Shelby’s signature and all the employees who built the car signed the rear bulkhead. It wears its original Maroon paint and is in as-raced condition. Finding anything to fault about its presentation is almost impossible, especially considering the Cobra is a race car and not a trailer queen. The paint holds an excellent shine, and the panels are flawless. The vehicle retains period-correct signage, and there are also innovative features like the mesh grille cover. This serves a dual role, preventing errant stones from piercing the radiator and improving the car’s aerodynamic efficiency. The Cobra rolls on a beautiful set of knock-off wheels, and the owner includes twelve more matching wheels in the selection of extra parts. There is additional body hardware and a spare hood for the new owner to squirrel away as future insurance.

Race cars aren’t meant to merely look good. They must possess the performance to compete effectively. This Cobra ticks that box, with its engine bay housing a Kroyer-built 351ci V8. The motor features an Edelbrock Victor Jnr aluminum intake and aluminum cylinder heads, with the spent gases exiting via ceramic-coated SPD stainless headers and side pipes. An aluminum water pump, a Fluidyne radiator, and coolers for the differential, transmission, and engine keep temperatures in check. These items combine to allow the 351 to churn out 550hp reliably. It sends the power to a 3.54 rear end via a Tex Racing T-101 four-speed transmission and a Tilton competition clutch, pressure plate, and bell housing. However, that isn’t the end of the high-performance story. Much care and attention was lavished on the suspension, courtesy of adjustable front and rear control arms, Bilstein adjustable coil-over shocks with Hypercoil springs, and adjustable tubular sway bars. A complete Brembo braking system ensures the Cobra stops as effectively as it goes, and it is fair to consider that with the components chosen, this Cobra is as bulletproof as a race car can be.

Any racer will tell you that weight is one of the greatest enemies of performance. Every ounce pruned from a vehicle improves performance and places less strain on tires and mechanical components. Therefore, this Cobra’s interior contains no luxury items, with every component present to serve a specific high-performance purpose. The driver is held snugly in an aluminum Kirkey race seat by a Sabelt five-point harness, monitoring the car’s mechanical health via a cluster of AutoMeter gauges. The wheel is a quick-release Woodward collapsible unit, while a Halon fire system and the 15-gallon ATL fuel cell improve occupant safety. The interior is dominated by a sturdy SCCA-approved roll bar with a side intrusion system. The interior is clean, tidy, purposeful, and ready to provide a new owner with the ultimate adrenaline rush.

This 2000 Shelby Cobra Continuation is an ultra-cool vintage racer, and its history is confirmed by documentation. The owner includes the SCCA and NASA Log Books, the Shelby American Inc. Statement of Origin, and confirmation that this beauty is listed on the SAAC World Registry. The car needs nothing, offering an ideal opportunity for a passionate enthusiast to own a slice of American racing history. Why not scroll through the image gallery? You might decide this classic is the perfect vehicle to occupy an empty spot in your workshop.

Bid On This Auction

High Bid: $31,000 (Reserve Not Met)
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Ended: May 13, 2024 10:00am MDT
High Bidder: Jdbc
  • Jdbc bid $31,000.00  2024-05-13 09:36:48
  • JCA
    bid $30,000.00  2024-05-06 18:00:44

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  1. George

    This would be the one to own unless you have a couple million laying around for an original.

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  2. Terry Garvin

    Nice race car ,gonna be interested to see where the reserve is. Quite out of my range but great day dreaming..

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  3. stillrunners stillrunnersMember

    Sweet !

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  4. Bill

    Who is JCA and why does he keep out bidding himself?

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    • Todd J. Todd J.Member

      He’s trying to find out what the reserve is, I would think.

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    • Jesse zbdrariIStaff

      He’s just trying to find the reserve. We didn’t use proxy bidding so the bid you place is the amount that shows.

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  5. Derek BanksMember

    Hi Larry, do you know if the following safety equipment have expired? ie
    1. Fuel cell?
    2. Safety harness?
    3. Fire extinghish system?
    Thanks , Derek Banks

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  6. Larry vanscoySeller

    The safety belts have to be replaced, fuel cell is fine, fire system is still holding a full charge. The tires would need to replaced depending if racing vintage events or running SCCA or NASA events

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  7. terra nova

    Is this a no-reserve auction?

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  8. Larry VanscoySeller

    No, there is a reserve

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