Heck, even its Shelby keychain is original.
A young Carroll Shelby probably never imagined that his little imported AC roadsters stuffed with Ford V8s would be worth millions one day. Fortunately, Shelby lived long enough to see that happen, but we’d bet he’d still be surprised to find out how much this 1964 Shelby Cobra 289 will sell for this August at RM Auction’s Monterey event at Pebble Beach. That’s because this particular Shelby Cobra 289 is one of the most all-original, non-restored examples in existence.
CSX 2344 is also known as the "Lindauer Cobra," named for its original owner, Robert Lindauer, who bought it new in 1964; he traded in his 1963 Corvette. In his first month of ownership, he drove it over 4,000 miles from Florida to Chicago and New York, where he attended the 1964 World’s Fair. This would actually mark the last time it left Florida for almost 40 years. Lindauer nearly sold the car in 1965 and 1969, but ultimately couldn’t part with it. We totally get why. He also took it to gymkhana events in Florida. Although it was involved in a minor accident in 1970, Lindauer sourced replacement parts from Shelby directly. As a trained aerospace engineer, Lindauer knew how to fix things himself.
The car was placed in climate controlled storage in ’74, but Lindauer still ran it occasionally. Although Lindauer died in 2001, he kept the car running until his final days. Inherited by his son, CSX 2344 was given a mechanical upgrade in 2010, but cosmetically it was left alone. What you see is how it was when it left Shelby’s factory. Everything is original, like the engine, upholstery, seatbelts, carpeting, tonneau cover, owner’s manual, jack, grease gun, and even the spare tire. Heck, even the keys are on their original Shelby keychain. And now it needs a new and loving home where, hopefully, it’ll be left unrestored. Some treasures are perfect the way they are. Photos courtesy of RM Auctions.