The California legal battle over a long-lost, $4 million race car has taken a bizarre twist, with a lawyer for producer Phil Spector claiming the pop music legend still owns the 1964 Cobra Daytona Cou

The California legal battle over a long-lost, $4 million race car has taken a bizarre twist, with a lawyer for producer Phil Spector claiming the pop music legend still owns the 1964 Cobra Daytona Coupe.

"Mr. Spector is the owner of the Cobra," Peter C. Sheridan, an attorney for Spector, said yesterday (April 17) in Orange County (Calif.) Superior Court. "He never gave it or sold it to anyone."

Auto legend Carroll Shelby built the car, which recently resurfaced after three decades in storage. It was the first of six racing coupes that won Shelby a world racing title in 1965, and the only example that had been unaccounted for by fans of the sleek machines.

In 1965, Shelby sold the car, known as CSX2287, to a toy slot-racing car manufacturer, who sold it to Spector. The producer's attorney, Robert Shapiro, told the Los Angeles Times that he plans to file court papers arguing that Spector thought the car had been placed in storage 30 years ago on his behalf and was unaware that it had been sold.

Spector, whose "wall of sound" production style helped revolutionize pop music in the 1960s, wants the court to give him the car or the proceeds from its sale, Shapiro said.

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