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Colorado Concours d'Elegance wins with Cobras

Rare Original Shelby Cobra highlights 2014 Concours d'Elegance
Rare Original Shelby Cobra highlights 2014 Concours d'Elegance
Mary Conway photo

Despite today's threatening weather, organizers say thousands of people are expected to attend the 31st annual Colorado Concours d'Elegance and Exotic Sports Car Show. The car show is held on the grounds of the Arapahoe Community College, in Littleton, Colorado. The show features rare and exotic vehicles, both foreign and domestics.

Rare Cobra highlights exotic car show
Mary Conway photo

The highlight of this year's show is a rare 1964 Shelby Cobra.The 289 FIA Cobra Roadster is described as the rarest and most significant of all the Cobras. The vehicle is original and unrestored. It is in the same condition that it was when Bob Bondurant raced it in the 1965 season. According to materials with the Cobra, it has six 1st place finishes to its credit. It won the World Manufacturers Champion, in 1965. Most Shelby Cobras that look like this are kit cars, because an original vehicle like this one is considered priceless.

There were dozens of other Shelbys on display. Wayne Harrison was showing his 1967 GT 350. "Where else can you go and see all these different beautiful cars" said Harrison. He added "There are lots of smaller shows, but this draws the best of the best".

Approximately 500 cars are on display including luxury vehicles. Several high end Maseratis were on display along with Roll Royces and race cars. An entire section was devoted to Chevrolet Corvettes. A 1954 Corvette Roadster that was on display has been owned by the same family for 48 years. A beautiful red 1956 Corvette had its hood up so that you could examine the spotless engine.

Dozens of Jaguars graced another section of the college lawn. Every significant body style was represented including the jaunty E-types and the modern day convertibles. From Porsches to Ferraris, exotic vehicles were well represented. There were several Panteras, new and old Maseratis, even a relatively rare Ford GT. Only 4000 GTs were produced during 2004-2006.

Organizers provided a stage with entertainment and activities for children, but it was clear that the cars were the stars. License plates in the parking lots indicated that car lovers came from several surrounding states to see the show.

All of the proceeds from the Concours go to the Ability Connection Colorado Children's Programs. Ability Connection Colorado serves people with disabilities. They offer educational opportunities and support services for people with disabilities and their families.