SOURCE: Planet Cobra

Planet Cobra

January 28, 2010 16:27 ET

#1 Shelby Cobra Dealer Stephen Becker to Auction '65 Shelby Cobra With Rare Ford 427 Side Oiler Block

KISSIMMEE, FL--(Marketwire - January 28, 2010) -

--  #1 Dealer Stephen Becker will sell a genuine CSX Shelby Cobra at Mecum Auctions
--  The Shelby Cobra features original 1960s 427 side oiler engine with 600 horsepower
--  CSX 6034 is Le Mans blue and is signed by Carroll Shelby

Stephen Becker, president and CEO of Planet Cobra, the highest volume Shelby Cobra dealer in the world, announced he will auction a 1965 Shelby Cobra CSX6034 with a rare Shelby Ford side oiler engine. The 427 Shelby Cobra is from Becker's personal inventory and will cross the block on Saturday, January 30 during Mecum Auction's collector event (Lot S157) at approximately 3:45 pm. Planet Cobra sells authentic, new and collector Shelby Cobras and 1965 - 1970 Shelby Mustangs to clients internationally, as well as supports Shelby parts and restoration programs for enthusiasts and collectors worldwide.

"This Cobra, built at the Shelby American factory, is as much a Shelby as the ones that Carroll Shelby made over 40 years ago," said Becker. "The modern incarnation of Carroll Shelby's ultimate weapon, CSX6034 retains the overwhelming performance of the original while employing modern materials and construction techniques. They are not to be confused with replicas and knock-offs. I'm confident demand will be strong simply because, beyond being amazing sports cars, Shelby Cobras remain a solid investment for collectors. Over the years, they have not only held, but many times have increased in value from their original purchase."

CSX6034 is a Le Mans Blue snake with "all the right stuff." It is loaded with a genuine 427 side oiler, robust manual transmission, all-independent suspension, modern four wheel disc brakes and that unmistakable, curvaceous body. CSX6034 comes complete with the original MSO signed personally by Mr. Shelby.

Highlights include:

--  Le Mans Blue with Black interior
--  Powered by the famous 427 c.i.d. side-oiler engine that produces an
    estimated 600 HP
--  5-speed transmission
--  Original MSO signed by Carroll Shelby
--  Fitted with almost every available factory option

"Shelby Cobras still inspire the same awe that fueled their popularity in 1965," noted Becker. "They're simply amazing cars that are a blast to drive. If you missed buying a new one in the 1960s, this is a rare second chance to own a car that will make men jealous and women swoon."

The Mecum Auction Company ( has been specializing in the sale of collector cars for 22 years. It will hold its annual Kissimmee Auction from Jan. 28-31, 2010, at Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee, Fla.

About Planet Cobra

Planet Cobra is the most trusted resource for buying and selling genuine Shelby's today. The company has been in the business for over 30 years and has access to unlimited contacts, databases and insider information that can help enthusiasts buy or sell a Shelby Cobra or Mustang at the best possible price.

Stephen Becker, well-known and respected Shelby expert, is one of the most prolific authorities on Shelby automobiles. His expertise and in-depth knowledge has been tapped by clients to purchase, consign and restore original Shelbys. Becker has been retained by key auto groups and leaders to authenticate and value Shelby vehicles. More information is available at or by calling Aaron Cook at (214) 520-3430 /

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