Amie Williams
Associate Online Editor
January 23, 2014

Shelby American, the wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., introduced the FIA version of the small block Cobra around this time in 1964 where it competed against the likes of Aston Martin, Jaguar and Corvette during the 1964 World Manufacturers Championship series.

In celebration of the 289 race cars, Shelby American will now offer 50 limited-edition continuation Shelby 289 FIA Cobras (CSX7000) painted “Viking Blue” and sporting FIA stripes and roundels. More standard options include the black FIA interior, billet anniversary badges, original style wheels and plenty more extra options. The vehicle will made its debut this past Friday, January 17, 2014 at the Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

“The 289 FIA Shelby Cobras were among the most important cars in American racing history,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “The FIA Cobras built during that period were piloted by racing legends including Ken Miles, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill and Bob Bondurant. Thus, some of the most revered drivers in the sport put the 289 FIA Cobra into the winner’s circle. Combining a robust, powerful American engine with a lightweight chassis was sheer brilliance. Shelby’s formula still resonates today and is followed by automakers worldwide.”

Built specifically for racing, Shelby American modified the 289 FIA Cobra with the completion-spec small block 289 engine, obviously, as well as a new dash, widened front, rear fenders, cut-back doors, new dampers, racing wheels with the pin-drive hub, oil cooler scoops.

These CSX7000 FIA Cobras are component vehicles ready for engine installation by customer or automotive professional. Each and every car is built to order and delivered as the rolling chassis with no drive train and with an issued MSO by Shelby American.

“Our CSX7000 cars incorporate safety and performance improvements, without sacrificing driving excitement or originality,” added Vince LaViolette, senior designer and head of R&D at Shelby American. “With a small block V8 pushing only 2,100 lbs., it’s the lightest Cobra ever built with an incredible power-to-weight ratio. This allows the small block Cobra to dive deep into corners and pull through with incredible precision and accuracy.”

The body of the 50th anniversary 289 FIA Cobras have the 60s authentic-style along with the suspension but are all upgraded to today’s standards. Modern brakes provide stopping power and a stronger frame supports an aluminum or fiberglass body. The new Cobra features a complete exhaust and an optional detachable steering wheel and comes with a special-fitted car cover.

“The importance and historical significance of these cars was the fact that they brought a small shop in Southern California to the forefront of international racing on two continents within the same year,” said Shelby Expert and SAAC Member Jeff Gagnon. “Shelby American took it to Ferrari, Corvette and other well-supplied, well-funded and established race teams and manufacturers. That was no small feat, even in those simpler times.”

Pricing starts at $94,995 for fiberglass and $159,995 for an aluminum 50th Anniversary CSX7000 FIA ContinuationCobra and purchased through a network of Shelby American Cobra dealers -- excluding the drivetrain. Every single car will have documentation within the “World Registy” by Shelby American and information about the availability and options can be found here at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/50fia.asp.