Welcome to NortheastWheelsEvents.com. I do the Pic-A-Day posts. I try to do these once a day sharing a pictorial history of the automobile through the decades. I do these for the sake of art, not as a money making venture. These are small copies of my large original fine art images as well as some wonderful historical images from long ago. I do not get paid for this although I do offer for sale prints of my original images. There are a few museums that ask that I not sell any images taken at their locations. I respect the wish of the owners of these wonderful autos so you will note some are not for sale. I include those images here as they add to the pictorial history. I try to add some interesting information about the images. The information posted is as accurate as I can make it. I try to post the source of my information however, I don’t claim to be an expert, only a lowly artist. I appreciate comments about the posts. I also welcome comments that might make the information I post more accurate. If you click on my picture on the blog it will take you to my page where you will find contact information. I hope that the Pic-A-Day can be used by many for reference. As time goes by the value of the Pic-A-Day posts will increase. As of this time, I have enough fine art images for several years completed, ready to post when I add the informative data. I try to post these in chronological order however I have many folders of hundreds of images I have yet to work on and from time to time will add earlier vehicles. Here is the direct link to Pic-A-Day posts:http://northeastwheelsevents.com/profiles/blog/list Or click on the link in the header. I hope you enjoy the historical presentation. Albert Mach
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1963 Shelby Cobra Roadster CSX2197
In July 1964, Mark C. Tower purchased CSX 2197 from Crater Lake Motors in Medford, Oregon. According to the Shelby Registry, the car was delivered in red over black leather and equipped with the Class A accessories package, which included chrome rocker covers, white sidewall tires, luggage rack, radio, and 5-quarts of anti-freeze which brought the invoice total to $5493.05. Mr. Tower owned the car briefly, and by 1966, CSX 2197 was held by Howard Nettleton of Tacoma, Washington. Shortly after that, it went to John Stevens Jensen of California where it was registered “VNN 794”. Mr. Stevens owned the car for several years until he was killed in a road accident in another Cobra. From 1981, it passed through several more known short-term owners. Along the way, it was noted to have just 9,700 miles on the odometer though it did show some signs of past front-end damage. In the late 1980s, CSX 2197 would find a long-term home with Bill Kemper, a highly respected Cobra expert and restorer. In the early 1990s, he embarked on a long-term restoration, working on the car as time permitted, taking the utmost care as it was a personal project.
According to Mr. Kemper, the car had been unused since suffering a relatively mild accident, and he believed the sub-10,000 miles on the odometer to be accurate. He reported that the Cobra was entirely stripped down, the chassis properly repaired and precisely reinforced and updated based on Kemper’s specifications by Baurle Auto Sport of Addison, Il. The body was completely restored, with great care given to preserving as much original alloy as possible. The front outer panels from the doors forward were replaced, but the doors, rear clip, footwells and engine bay panels are said to be comprised of original metal, painstakingly restored to a very high standard and returned to its original red color. Today it presents in stunning condition, having been used gently in the hands of its most recent owner.
Kemper, of course, had the engine balanced, blueprinted and completely rebuilt along with the gearbox and rear differential. It extremely well-presented with much of the original hardware restored and replated, and detailed with correct labels and markings. It retains its correct, early-type Harrison aluminum radiator as well as the generator which was unique to these early Cobras.
The interior is finished in black leather as originally equipped and features correct Smiths gauges with the wonderful Rotunda Tachometer to the left of the column (Shelby switched to Stewart-Warner gauges and Ford electrics approximately three cars later). The steering wheel and shift knob are also correct for the car’s original specification. This fabulous Cobra has seen only light use since its world-class restoration was completed, and the leather and upholstery remain in excellent condition. Included in the sale is a full top and side-curtain set, as well as the original early-type jack, firewall mounted grease gun, and a set of restored King Dick spanners.