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1964 AC Shelby 289 Cobra USRRC cutback doors

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1964 original AC Shelby 289 Cobra in the same active collection for nearly 40 years

Reference Number 529158

as of 9/26/2019



Madison Zamperini Collection  Contact  Location
36 Dover Place  Phone    City  Manhattan Beach
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266  Fax    State  California
United States  Mobile  1 310 266.3655  Country  United States United States
Car 1964 AC Cobra 289
VIN CSX 2534 
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue with shite /      Black  
Condition Pristine 
Configuration Left Hand Drive (LHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
Options Competition: Full Race setup, Racing Seats
Interior: Leather interior 
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Known History

Please visit this classic automobile at The Madison Zamperini Collection, Zamperini Field, Torrance California. and you may contact us: sir@sunspeed.com

We have been the capable, enthusiast caretakers of this original 1964 AC Shelby 289 Cobra USRRC FIA competition roadster version, chassis no. CSX 2534 with 427 aluminum body cutback doors, for nearly 40 years. It has never been offered for sale during those 40 years. Now available for sale to a qualified driver enthusiast for street and track. California street licensed.

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Summary description:

Same owner for the last 38 + years

History is documented in the SAAC World Registry

Wilton wool carpet

Connally leather

Acrylic lacquer paint

Originally wire wheel, Princess Blue / black interior

Billed to Shelby American 8/04/64

Shipped to LA aboard SS Garth Lock

Originally invoiced to Archway Motors 11/16/64 Baltimore, MD

Delivered to Marina del Rey via Shelby truck

1st purchased by James M. Maginnis date not known precisely

2nd purchaser Jay Anderson, Washington D.C

2nd purchaser advertised it for sale circa 1968 description as having been dissembled due to front end collision and need of restoration

Purchased by Charles R. Rayburn, Mahomet, Il Not clear what work was done.

Purchased by Sam Rarace circa 1974

Offered for sale 04/75 with “new parts included”

Purchased by Dick Roush, Puyallup, WA 05/75 with the intention of restoration to cut back door configuration. Mr. Roush subsequently found another 289 Cobra and advertised this car for sale Spring 1980

May 1980 purchased by current owner intending to convert to cut back doors race version. Beginning of 4 year restoration.

Restoration: . complete “skin off” using original AC 427 style rear flare panels, scaled down 427 style side exhaust, aluminum skinned foot boxes, and re-wiring to clean up the fire wall. Installed 289 style roll bar, FIA hood & oil cooler scoops fabricated

A few years later mild rear end fender bender in LA traffic leading to an even more comprehensive restoration and revision.

2nd restoration: located original “cut back doors” aluminum rear clip from east coast, w/ body off the chassis frame was inner sleeved for strength and rigidity, rear inner panels moved in board about 2” each for wider wheel clearance both operation seldom done as they are labor intensive by craftsmen. Further restoration: new fuel cell w/ Le Mans filler cap at proper USRRC/FIA body location, doors re-skinned, A.C. (Auto Carrier) Vintage racing front suspension modifications i.e. re-forging the transverse leaf spring assembly to 3° negative camber, larger sway bar, modifying the steering arms to work better and clear wider alloy wheels

currently installed is a “fun run” 440 hp engine in front of close ratio top loader gearbox

Some vintage racing over the years of ownership Including L.A. downtown street race, 2012, the 50th Shelby anniversary Laguna Seca event


Original 5 bolt hi po 289 engine with close ratio side loader transmission and, very rare original COBRA scatter shield

1 ½ sets original 6 ½ - 8 ½ Halibrand magnesium FIA wheels

1 set 7 ½ & 9 ½ alloy S/C wheels

1 set PS engineering 8” and 10” FIA Kidney Bean wheels (the only set PS Engineering made)

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