1964 Shelby Competition Cobra 289 ‘FIA Team Car’


1964 Shelby Competition Cobra 289 ‘FIA Team Car’
Sebring, Sebring, FL, 1964. Lew Spencer/Bob Bondurant in a Shelby Cobra. CD#0777-3292-0631-3.

1964 Shelby Competition Cobra 289 ‘FIA Team Car’

For the 1964 World Sportscar Championship Shelby prepared five roadsters for the Division III class that competed against the Ferrari 250 GTO, Jaguar E-Type. These supported the new Cobra Daytona Coupe throughout many legs of the season.

To satisfy FIA requirements, Shelby had to modify the Championship cars. They were fitted with wider flares, twin oil-cooler scoops, a more canted front window and characteristic dents in the trunk lid to clear the FIA suitcase.

On the 26th of April, Shelby made history by sending four FIA Cobras to the Targa Florio. Dan Gurney set the lap record in CSX2323. It was the only car to finish the race in 8th place overall.

Later on the season, Bob Bondurant won his class at the 1964 Freiburg-Schauinsland Hillclimb and 1964 Swiss Mountain Grand Prix in CSX2345. In 1965 the car was fielded by the Alan Mann Racing Team and went on to score three more class victories including the Tourist Trophy.

Of the five FIA roadsters: CSX2259, CSX2260. CSX2301, CSX2323, and CSX2345; the #21 CSX2345 car from the Shelby American Collection in Boulder, Colorado is completely unrestored. Having being parked in 1965 after its last race, the car has only been cleaned.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
type Series Production Car
engine Ford 90º V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain Pushrod OHV, @ Valves per Cyl
displacement 4727 cc / 288.5 in³
bore 101.6 mm / 4.0 in
stroke 72.9 mm / 2.87 in
power 202.1 kw / 271 bhp @ 6000 rpm
specific output 57.33 bhp per litre
torque 425.73 nm / 314 ft lbs @ 3400 rpm
body / frame Aluminum over Tubular Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD w/Salisbury LSD
front brakes Discs
rear brakes Discs
f suspension Wishbones w/Coil Springs & Dampers
r suspension Wishbones w/Coil Springs & Dampers
wheelbase 2290 mm / 90.2 in
front track 1380 mm / 54.3 in
rear track 1370 mm / 53.9 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
top speed ~217.3 kph / 135 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.5 second