Monthly Archiv: June, 2016

CSX 2000 on offer in Monterey

UPDATE: Sold for $13,750,000 – a new auction benchmark for an American automobile.

Today RMSotheby’s anounced the AC/Shelby Cobra prototype for their upcoming auction in Monterey.

What they call “the most important modern American car” is actually British.

That’s because this prototype was assembled by AC Cars in Thames Ditton, England.

In fact the front badge gives equal credit to both AC Cars and Shelby!

I wrote earlier:

Shelby recalls “I went to AC Cars in about June 1961. I’d looked at several other chassis situations for building my own cars, including AC’s Ace. Ray Brock came to me about the same time and said, ‘Ford has a new small-block V-8. 221 inches.’” Not long afterward he was in Detroit to meet with Dave Evans, Don Frey and Lee Iacocca. He recalls “I told him that I had a chassis, and that, if I could get these Ford engines, I thought I could build a car that would blow off the Corvette. I needed to borrow $25,000 to build two cars, plus engines. Iacocca agreed.”1

Putting an American V8 in a well-used european chassis such as a Ferrari or Maserati was common in 1960s racing, but Shelby was the first to market a working a sports car with official factory backing. Furthermore, many of the V8-powered specials in SCCA racing had achieved success alongside more expensive European marques. With the Cobra, Shelby saw a new opportunity.

After Shelby’s visit to Thames Ditton, AC Cars agreed to ship a modified version of their AC Ace to America without an engine. All the initial development of the chassis was done by AC who fitted the first prototype with the 221 in³ Ford V8. Like the production cars to the follow, this first car was eventually shipped to America, engineless.

In February of 1962, CSX2000 sometimes known as CSX0001 was completed in Dean Moon’s shop in Santa Fe Springs, California. When it reach Shelby, one of Ford’s first 260 in³ engines was available, which at the time was an upcoming racing engine developed with joint co-operation with Holman & Moody. Not long after arriving, the brushed-aluminum car was outfitted with a 260 and christened a Shelby.

Shelby gives little credit to AC. He commented “We strengthened the chassis tubes, we had to put different spindles and hub carriers on it, we had to put a different rearend in it,” recalls Shelby. “We changed those old buggy springs…there were very few nuts and bolts in that car that were the same nuts and bolts as in an AC Ace.”

Images by the talented Darin Schnabel for RMSotheby’s

E-Type 1E32915: Chassis Prep

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Finally got some time to work on our own 1967 E-Type chassis 1E32915.

This was at one point equipped with a 13.9:1 Shelby V8 and now are reverting it back to original spec.

The transmission tunnel is an absolute mess so thankfully Chuck from Monocoque Metalcraft can supply us with the four-or-so missing pieces.

And now begins the massive parts hunt for Jaguar unobtanium. At the top of the list is a 4.2 intake manifold if anyone has one going spare :).

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10 Great British Cars from the FOS

This year’s Festival of Speed hosted many great features including a 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40 victory at LeMans.

Here are 10 greats from this weekend:

2016 McLaren P1 LM at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

2016 McLaren P1 LM

Aston Martin Vulcan at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Aston Martin Vulcan

Triumph TR7 V8 Turbo Le Mans at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Triumph TR7 V8 Turbo Le Mans

1966 Jaguar XJ13  at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

1966 Jaguar XJ13

1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Blower at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

1929 Bentley 4½ Litre Blower

1956 Jaguar D-Type 'Long Nose' XKD605  at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

1956 Jaguar D-Type ‘Long Nose’ XKD605

1925 Sunbeam Tiger at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

1925 Sunbeam Tiger

McLaren P1 GTR in James Hunt Livery at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

McLaren P1 GTR in James Hunt Livery

1966 Ford GT40 Mark I GT40P/1055 at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

1966 Ford GT40 Mark I GT40P/1055

1934 Napier-Railton Special at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed

1934 Napier-Railton Special

Aston Martin DB Prototype Sold

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Just minutes ago Bonhams sold this remarkable 1949 Aston Martin DB Team Car at their Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale for £679,100 (CA$ 1,210,353) inc. premium.

Aston Martin gave this prototype chassis number LMA/2/49 and registered it as ‘UMC 65’.

This very car raced the 1949 24 Hours of Le Mans and placed seventh overall behind the winning Ferrari 166MM.

It then went on to race the 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, before being sold to Bill Whitehouse for occasional racing in England.

The car was subsequently bought by Christopher Angell in 1965 and stored with him until 2003.

Through 38 years of continuous ownership the Aston was untouched and this is how it was presentated at Goodwood by Bonhams.

Sold: 1962 Triumph TR3B

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-Fully restored TR3B with exceptional finishing by Coventry Woodwooks
-Fitted with desirable overdrive.
-Body off restoration with assistance from Peter Lee from 2003-2005
-Rack & Pinion conversion for much more direct steering
-Numerious touring upgrades for long distance driving.
-Custom interior with wooden wheel, wooden gauge fascia, armrest.
-Complete weather equipment in dark green canvas.
-ready for shows or drives of any length.