One historic ride is crossing Mecum in the form of a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX3016, just one of 23 factory competition Cobras built. This particular Cobra (Lot S154) was a class winner of the 1966 12 Hours of Sebring driven by Bob Grossman and also broke the track record at Watkins Glen that same year.
After Cobra racer Tom Payne was injured during a garage accident, Bob Grossman, Ferrari driver, lent a hand to his friend and offered to drive Payne’s Cobra during the 1965 Nassau Trophy Races bringing it to victory.
Immediately after returning home, Grossman sold his Ferrari 250LM and ordered his very own production Competition Cobra from Shelby, one of only 23 with just 343 Cobras built total. The CSX3016 was shipped to Grossman’s Foreign Car City in West Nyack, New York on February 28, 1966.
During the 12 Hours of Sebring, Grossman’s Cobra was entered as number 6 with its Silver Mink paint complete with red, white and blue stripes, Halibrand wheels, a black roll bar and black side-exit exhaust. With Grossman sharing driving duties with Ed Lowther, the car ultimately finished in 10th place and took home first place in class – Production Sports Cars over 5.0 Liters.
During the rest of the 1966 season, the Cobra graced Northeast tracks such as Cumberland, Maryland; Bridgehampton, New York; Danville, Virginia; and Lime Rock, Connecticut. A new lap record was recorded at Watkins Glen, New York, but a rain-slicked track caused the car to crash and fall into early retirement.
After that it passed through several owners and was once mistitled as 3106, but eventually it ended up in the hands of a collector Lynn Parks who hired Cobra expert Mike McCluskey of Torrance, California to restore it back to health at a hefty price of $22,000. After its much needed makeover, it sported a bright blue exterior with white Stripes, a black roll bar and a white side exhaust, and it went on to race again from 1995 to 2002 before Anthony Boosalis of La Canada, California got his hands on it in 2005.
More recently, CSX3016 was purchased by a private collector, a part of H.R.E. Motorcars, Inc. of Freeport, New York where it underwent major inspection to get ready for the Greenwich Concours. It was then returned to H.R.E. for dismantling of the exterior, interior, engine bay, and chassis to repair and refinish the body in its original winning colors.
The Cobra was reassembled with refurbished parts and fully detailed with all of the correct decals, wheels and tires. All of the work is documented by H.R.E. President William H. Andrews who has confirmed this as the genuine CSX3016 Bob Grossman Sebring Cobra. Back in its original livery from ’66, this Cobra is a rare piece of history ready for some more track time.
If interested, you can find this CSX listed in both the Shelby Registry and Shelby American Guide 1st Edition on page 47.
This Cobra will cross the Mecum auction block in Kissimmee, Florida on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at 3:15 p.m. More photos and info here!