Not a Benz But Record Sale for 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra

Highest Price Paid for an American Car
at Public Auction

The 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe CSX2601 has made history once again. On August 15, 2009, it sold for a record-breaking $7.25 million at the inaugural Monterey Auction held by Mecum.  Sale of the Shelby Daytona Cobra was promoted for months leading up to the auction.

The 1965 Shelby Daytona Cobra was one of six cars built by Carroll Shelby to compete against the Ferrari in the F.I.A. World Manufacturers Championship for the GT race class.  Legendary race car driver Bob Bondurant drove the car and he drove the Daytona Cobra Coupe across the Mecum auction block as it set the new auction record.

“Truly the best part about auctioning the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe has been sharing the stories of its amazing history with millions of people across the country,” Mecum said.  “This race car’s greatest moments and its legacy as America’s world champion will be cherished for generations to come.”

Mecum’s Monterey Auction took place on Saturday, August 15, 2009, at the Hyatt Regency Monterey Resort & Spa on the Del Monte Golf Course.  In addition to the Shelby Daytona, Mecum offered an eclectic mix of more than 200 cars ranging from a 1931 Rolls-Royce to a 2007 Saleen S7.

More info: The Mecum Auction Company has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 22 years. Additional information and results are available at

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1 Comment

  1. konstantine said,

    Wrote on August 17, 2009 @ 8:28 am

    its nice to know that people still have money, and there willing to spend it.nice

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