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1965 Shelby Cobra 289 CSX 2496 This Shelby Cobra, CSX 2496, arrived in Los Angeles in July of 1964. Fleming B. "Jim" Fraser picked up the car from Venice, California in 1964 and drove it across country to Philadelphia where he had it titled in February of 1965. He was a college sophomore and this was his primary mode of transportation while in college. From Philadelphia, Jim and his 289 Cobra made their way to Atlanta and then Miami before selling it to Bob Slayden of Atlanta in June of 1974. Bob's dream car was a Shelby Cobra and he finally acquired CSX 2496 at age 31. The car had a little over 36,000 miles when Bob first purchased it. Bob didn't drive CSX 2496 much and when it had 39,000 original miles, he decided to start restoration to bring it to its original glory. The restoration took two years and was completed in 1986. All original parts were restored to new condition. This is Bob's account of the restoration process for CSX2496 (printed with permission). "It still has original skin (carefully removed and replaced for restoration) with the undersides of fenders layered with thin layer of fiberglass to prevent "up dents" from stones thrown from the tires, a common Cobra problem since they are so tin skinned. The main frame rails sleeved in accordance to the accepted and recommended Cobra experts to prevent chassis flexing and body cracking at bottom of doors, another major problem with any Cobra not treated this way. This procedure also significantly improves handling and is done by cutting front frame tube caps off, then inserting an interference fit slightly smaller tube inside original frame tubes, drilling and welding drill holes to maintain integrity and then re-welding the end caps back to the frame. This is un-detectible after the job is completed. All documentation of the restoration come with 2496 along with all receipts and papers for it's entire history. Although the engine was rebuilt at time of restoration, pop-up pistons put compression over 11.25:1 was too high for today's gasoline so the original engine was rebuilt in 2009 by Lamar Walden Automotive, nationally known high performance engine builder. The original block and heads were checked and used. The internals converted to roller camshaft so modern oils can be used without fear of camshaft wear. The original crank tested out perfect, so new pistons to lower it to a more reasonable 9.75:1 were installed. This is a very powerful motor and pulls super strong. I have the original 4v car and aluminum COBRA manifold. Valve covers have never been bead blasted or disturbed, only cleaned, and retain the impossible to recreate original grey toned finish." After the restoration was completed, Bob competed at several car events including Amelia Island Concours; Autofest in Athens, GA; Hilton Head Concours in South Carolina; Euro Autofest in South Carolina; and finally the Peachtree Autofest and the Keeneland Concours events both in Kentucky. Bob took top awards at each venue. This Shelby Cobra has undergone an extensive cosmetic restoration including all mechanicals at Canepa Design to its original splendor with a complete concours quality paint job in stunning black. It is rare to find a 1965 Shelby Cobra that has such low original miles and with such a thorough history and all of its service records. This is an outstanding example of what a Shelby Cobra 289 should be and will add prominence to any car enthusiasts collection. -

Year:  1980 or older
Miles:  35 000 - 39 999
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 |  Address:  Scotts Valley, California





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