The best-known example of a legendary marque set a new benchmark for an American car at a public auction by commanding a heady $7.25 million during an event held by collector-car specialists Mecum Auctions in conjunction with the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in Monterey, California. One of only six of these stunning-looking and eminently successful Cobra Daytona Coupes
, CSX2601 was the car that carried Bob Bondurant to victory on July 4,1965 at the FIA's World Manufacturer's GT Championship round in Reims, France, and secured the title for Shelby American. With closed bodywork designed by Peter Brock, the car was 25 mph faster than the original Cobra roadsters that Carroll Shelby had created to wrest the FIA GT title away from Ferrari
. Shelby chose the name after the car won its maiden outing, the Daytona Continental, in 1964. The 1965 CSX2601 example was the second in the series, and also had also seen action at Daytona, Monza, Spa-Francorchamps, and the Nurburgring during that championship season. Fittingly, Bondurant was on hand to drive the car up on the stand where it would once again go rolling off into a new kind of record book. Mecum Auctions had heavily promoted this historic car in its pre-event buildup, hoping to pique the interest of well-heeled buyers even in these tough economic times. According to the firm's president, Dana Mecum, "Selling this amazing piece of American race history at our first Monterey auction has been the crowning achievement of my career and Mecum Auction's 22 years of selling collector cars."