The one-of-a-kind 1964 Shelby Cobra 427 Prototype s/n CSX 2196, nicknamed “The Flip-top” for its unique clamshell design, is set to cross the block at RM's Automobiles of Arizona event at the Biltmore Resort and Spa in Phoenix on Jan. 22.
Its design, build, development and racing were spearheaded by legendary racing driver Ken Miles and, after months of testing and modifications, 2196 became the only prototype produced for the famed 427 Cobras that followed. It was raced in period at Riverside, Sebring and Nassau.
Over the years, 2196 has competed in many of the world's historic races including Laguna Seca, Monterey Historics and Goodwood Festival of Speed. Today, the well-documented Flip-top sports its original livery of Guardman Blue with white stripes and black interior, and is unquestionably one of the most desirable Shelby Cobras ever built. (Estimate: Available upon request)
“The 2010 Arizona auction presents one of RM's most diverse lineups of automobiles ever offered at the luxurious Biltmore Resort & Spa, ranging from historically significant Shelby Cobras to an unprecedented selection of important concept cars,” said Ian Kelleher, President and Chief Operating Officer, RM Auctions. “Every facet of collector cars is represented at this year's event with the schedule being extended to two days for a British-themed Thursday evening sale.”
The 1941 Chrysler Thunderbolt Concept Car by LeBaron (s/n 7807943), one of five originally built and four in existence, is also Arizona bound. The full-envelope body with concealed headlights, fully retractable and disappearing hardtop, push-button starter and back-lit Lucite gauges make the Chrysler Thunderbolt one of the most significant concepts of its time. This multi-award-winning motor car with its unique contrasting green and copper exterior has been fully restored and enjoyed considerable success as a show car, including at the famed Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance this year. (Estimate: Available upon request)
The range of notable consignments for the Jan. 22 sale also includes a 1930 Duesenberg Model J Arlington Club Sedan offered without reserve (Estimate: $450,000 - $650,000), a beautifully restored 1933 Rolls-Royce PII Continental 3-Position Drophead Coupe (s/n 74PY) with coachwork by J. Gurney Nutting (Estimate: $400,000 - $500,000) and a 1913 Packard Model 1-38 Runabout formerly of the esteemed John McMullen Collection (Estimate: $400,000 - $500,000).
Now in its 11th year, RM's Arizona event will present for the first time an additional opportunity to purchase important cars produced by British manufacturers during an evening auction on Jan. 21. A preview of the 2010 lineup will be held Jan. 21 from 9am to 4pm, followed by the British-themed Thursday night auction, billed "The British are coming!", starting at 6pm. The auction action continues on Friday, Jan. 22 at 11am. Admission is by catalog purchase only, which admits two.
For further information, please visit www.rmauctions.com