Monterey

18-19 August 2017

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Lot 154

1964 Shelby 289 "Lindauer Cobra"

  • Chassis no. CSX 2344

Sold for $1,100,000


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  • Single-family ownership; less than 15,500 original miles
  • Highly original throughout, including engine, transmission, and upholstery
  • One of the very best Cobras in existence
  • A truly special and unmolested example


As a true Anglo-American sports car hybrid with firm roots in motorsport, it should be no surprise that many of Carroll Shelby’s Cobras were driven hard and put away wet by professionals and privateers alike. With such success on racetracks and dragstrips around the world, especially in the United States, finding a wholly original and unmolested small-block Cobra – offered from its original family, no less – is akin to searching for and finding a needle in a haystack. An avid collector could easily scour the globe for such a car for years and come back empty-handed.

The 289 Cobra offered here, chassis number CSX 2344, is that proverbial needle.

Cobra CSX 2344 was originally delivered to Warren Wooten Ford of Cocoa, Florida, finished in Princess Blue over black leather interior. It was sold new to Robert Lindauer Sr. on 24 July 1964, who traded in a 1963 Corvette convertible on this Cobra. Within Lindauer’s first month of ownership, the car was driven over four thousand miles, which included a trip to Chicago to visit his parents and to New York for the 1964 World’s Fair. It is noted in the fourth edition of the World Registry of Cobras and GT40s that this would be the last time the car would leave the state of Florida for nearly 40 years.

Even though Lindauer’s Cobra was advertised for sale in the July 1965 issue of Car & Driver and once more in 1969, he decided not to part with the car, and it would remain in Cocoa Beach, Florida, for the foreseeable future. Other than for road use, Lindauer occasionally drove the car in gymkhana events in Florida, where it proved to be quite successful. It is important to note that in July 1970, the car was involved in a road accident where it sustained some cosmetic damage and was repaired with parts sourced from Shelby directly. Ultimately, Lindauer looked after the car himself, and as a trained engineer working as a fuel cell and cryogenics engineer on the Apollo program at NASA during a pivotal time in the space race, the Cobra was in more than qualified hands in his own garage.

In 1974, the Cobra was placed into storage in a climate-controlled garage on jack stands and run occasionally in order to make sure it remained in running order for the rest of his life. Upon Mr. Lindauer’s passing in March 2001, his Cobra was trailered from Florida to North Carolina, where his son resides. There, just as his father before him, Robert Lindauer Jr. put the car up onto jack stands in a climate-controlled storage unit to ensure further safekeeping. After deciding that it was time for the car to get back on the road in 2010, CSX 2344 was brought to Charlotte, where it was entrusted to Lee Holman of Holman-Moody fame. Holman focused on bringing the car mechanically back to running condition, leaving the cosmetics untouched and just as it left the factory in 1964.

CSX 2344’s level of originality simply cannot be overstated. Not only does it boast its original engine, transmission, and upholstery, the car still has its original carpeting, convertible top, tonneau cover, top irons (wrapped in newspaper from 1970), seat belts, owner’s manual, jack, grease gun, original spare tire, original intake manifold, carburetor, water pump, fuel pump, fan belt, and the original keys on their original Shelby keychain. The car even retains a complete original tool kit, virtually unobtainable in the Cobra community. The combination of these seldom seen original accessories alongside such an original car adds to its already exceptional provenance. Open the hood or slide into the nicely worn driver’s seat, and that originality is instantly palpable; from the gentle creasing and cracking in the leather seats to the slightly faded lettering on the gauges, the patina showcases its supreme level of preservation mixed with regular use to make sure that everything is working just as it should be.

It is only fitting that such a well-kept Cobra would be accompanied by an equally well-kept history file. Practically every piece of documentation relevant to the car was kept by Lindauer and remains with the file, from the car’s original financing papers, maintenance receipts from throughout its life, including detailed documents and photographs regarding the car’s aforementioned accident and repairs, warranty papers, period photographs, dealership stock sticker, gymkhana trophies, original invoice and a letter from Warren Wooten Ford, and even Lindauer’s ticket from the car’s trip to the 1964 New York World’s Fair.

Lovingly referred to as the “Lindauer Cobra” and known for decades as one of the most original examples on the planet, the opportunity to acquire CSX 2344 is truly a landmark occasion, and perhaps the only chance for a Shelby collector to find that needle in the haystack.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more