Rare 1965 Shelby Cobra Factory Stage III 289 Dragonsnake up for auction
A rare Shelby Cobra, one of six like it, heads to Mecum’s auction January 6-15 in Kissimmee, Florida.
The car is a 1965 Shelby Cobra Factory Stage III 289 Dragonsnake originally built by Shelby for drag racing, and it was part of the Steven Juliano estate sale hosted by Mecum in 2019. The car did not reach its reserve and is now back at auction. circuit.
Serpent-dragon cobras are among the rarest competition cobras produced. Built exclusively for drag racing, only seven or eight were assembled, and only six featured Ford’s 4.7-liter 289 V8. This one, with chassis number CSX2427, is an even rarer Factory Stage III car with Weber carbs and a 4-speed manual transmission.
1965 Shelby Cobra Factory Stage III 289 Dragonsnake – Photo credit: Mecum
It was commissioned by brothers Don and Mike Reimer of Gettysburg, Pa., With the special order yellow exterior chosen to match their Thunderbird tow vehicle. The original price on the invoice from Ford of Gettysburg, dated August 3, 1964, is $ 8,695, plus a destination charge of $ 305.
The Reimer brothers entered the car in several drag races in 1965, with Mike at the wheel and Don leading the team. They were regulars at the famous York US 30 Drag-O-Way that year, according to the list.
Mike had to return to college after the season and the car went on sale, with an ad placed in the December 1965 issue of Car and driver. The asking price was $ 4,650. She then traded hands on several occasions and was even rebuilt in 1967 after a crash, when she was painted Candy Apple Red. It would undergo more paint jobs in its lifetime until Juliano bought the car in 2007. Juliano restored it to its original condition and even consulted with original owner Mike Reimer to make the restoration. as precise as possible.