For those of you who follow me on Instagram you may have seen the photo above that I posted from Hong Kong during Watches & Wonders 2015 of a Shelby Capeland that looked rather markedly different from the ones I wrote about earlier and which I mentioned was a piece unique.
So what is special about it?
Well the obvious differences are on the dial, now white with pale blue racing stripes. As with the high priced regular edition, this one has a 44mm red gold case. It comes on a black calfskin strap with matching blue alligator lining and gray stitching. On the open case back is the inscription “Shelby Cobra 1965-2015, with a sapphire crystal bearing Carroll Shelby’s signature.
However, there are some other ‘differences’ to this watch that are not so obvious. It comes with bonus extras valued at USD10,000 – a visit to the Shelby World Headquarters in Las Vegas, an original illustration of the Cobra signed by legendary Cobra drivers, a Cobra driving experiences, an item that belonged to Shelby, two custom-made driving suits, a VIP factory tour, and a photo op in a Cobra CXS2000.
You may recall my having mentioned earlier that the purchase of a red gold version comes with an extra bonus of a large hardback book detailing the full history of the Cobra, but those that come with this piece unique auction piece are clearly something rather special.
To be be auctioned by Antiquorum in New York City on December 15 2015, proceeds will go to the Carroll Shelby Foundation which raises funds to help families and children affected by heart disease and also provides schooling and education for underprivileged young people in the United States.