1962 Cobra

Last updated on August 29, 2023

Today’s car is a 1962, Cobra, CSX 2001, the first production Cobra built in July of 1962. It is finished in Black with a Black interior. The current and third caretaker of this car is Bruce Meyer, the founding chairman of the Petersen Automotive Museum. I saw this car at the Petersen Automotive Museum at the Shelby Breakfast Club Cruise-In on January 16th, 2022. It is powered by a 289 cu in, V8, with with 4 Weber dual throat downdraft carburetors, producing 325 hp.. Power is sent to the rear wheels through a Borg-Warner T-10 Four-speed manual transmission. Delivering that power to the Halibrand 6.5” wheels in the front and 8.5”wheels in the rear. Helping slow this baby down are Girling 4-wheel disc brakes. Suspension is independent leaf-spring with a Salisbury type rear axle. The original Cobra’s were produced in low quantities. Just 998 were assembled from 1961-1968. 75 were 260 cu in, another 580 were 289 cu in. that made up the 655 that were leaf-spring suspension and 343 were coil-spring 427 cu in Cobras. CSX 2001 is the only Cobra to compete in the Tour de France.

This is a car that matters quoting Bruce Meyer. We are so lucky to be living in Los Angeles, CA and having caretakers of cars of this caliber driven to car shows and Cars and Coffee events. I love that he is willing to share his collection with fellow cars enthusiast by driving them. Thanks for riding along. Frank