Carroll Shelby fired a shot across the bow of every sports car manufacturer in the world and, in doing so, set the car world on fire with the Cobra. This Cobra is the cornerstone on which Shelby changed the course of automotive history. It is the actual car and the idea upon which he built his company and revolutionized American racing—and the greater auto industry as a whole. After more than 50 years of ownership and without ever leaving the care of its founding father, it is, without exception, the single most important and history-rewriting sports car ever offered at auction. Supremely original and with extraordinary history, RM Sotheby’s celebrates this national treasure at its Monterey auction in August.