The first 1962 Shelby Cobra has sold for a record-breaking $13.8 million, making it the most expensive American car ever sold at auction.

It was the car that attracted the most attention at RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction in Pebble Beach, California, last weekend.

The first Ford Shelby Cobra prototype – the CSX2000 – it sold for a record-breaking $13.8 million

It’s easy to see why. This is a car steeped in history and marks the beginning of Carroll Shelby’s long-standing partnership with Ford.

According to RM Sotheby’s, the Shelby Cobra was capable of 0 to 60 in just 4.2 seconds, and was tested up to 153 miles per hour. That’s a pretty special achievement for a road car from 55 years ago.

Pebble Beach is a five-day vintage car show in Monterey, California, and hosts five different auctions that were predicted to bring in $370 million in total.

The sale of this Cobra for an incredible $13.75 million broke the record previous record which was held by a 1968 Ford GT40 race car that sold for $11 million in 2012.

Looking at the pictures it’s easy to see why.

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