’63 Cobra images: Photo Credit Pawel Litwinski © 2013 courtesy Auctions America
When it comes to car auctions, it's what's for sale that can be the difference between attending and staying home. If you're a fan of American muscle and you'll be in the south Florida area March 22-24, then you may want to get off the couch and head down to the Broward County Convention Center. The 11th annual Fort Lauderdale Collector Car Auction, hosted by Auctions America, will be showcasing - above all - an original '63 Shelby Cobra (CSX2023). This ultra-rare roadster was the 23rd Cobra billed to Shelby American on October 1, 1962. Check out this video of the Fort Lauderdale: 1963 Shelby Cobra
’69 Chevrolet Corvette Baldwin images: Photo Credit Theo Civitello © 2013 courtesy Auctions America
"The Shelby Cobra remains one of the archetypal legends of American racing," said Auctions America's Alexander Weaver in a release detailing the auction. "It is sure to make a powerful statement at the upcoming sale." Some 550 vehicles will cross the auction block in all, ranging from American classics to European sports cars. A list of celebrity cars includes ex-Steve McQueen's '51 Chevrolet Styleline Deluxe Convertible currently owned by Rick Harrison, star of the History Channel's hit reality TV show, "Pawn Stars"; the '71 Dodge 340 Challenger Convertible used in the '72 TV season of "Mod Squad"; and a certified Warner Brother's '69 Dodge Charger "The General Lee" Dukes of Hazzard Movie Car. If rarity is what you're after, the auction will also have some seriously scarce rides, including a '69 Chevrolet Corvette Baldwin Motion Phase III Coupe. The 'Vette has an original 482-cid, 600-hp "Elephant" motor (the only one documented and known to exist) wedged between the fenders. There will also be a '70 Plymouth Hemi 'Cuda, one of only 366 built with the 727 TorqueFlite automatic transmission, and a '67 Shelby GT500 fitted with optional Kelsey-Hayes Mag Star wheels. For a full list of the cars up for auction, and more details about the upcoming event, be sure to visit auctionsamerica.com.