Barrett-Jackson Honors Shelby American’s Golden Anniversary With Incredible Shelby Vehicle Offerings
The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions™ to Present Rare Versions of the Iconic Sports Car
Scottsdale, Ariz. – Paying homage to Shelby American’s 50th Anniversary in 2012, Barrett-Jackson will auction a limited number of superb Shelbys including five exquisite original models that are among the crown jewels of the upcoming World’s Greatest Collector Car Auction at Westworld in Scottsdale Jan. 15-22.
The spectacular vehicles represent each year from 1965-1969 and one is an extremely rare “barn find.”
“These cars represent a tremendous – and tremendously collectible – era,” said Craig Jackson, Chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Carroll Shelby has long been part of the Barrett-Jackson family, and this year, in honor of Shelby American’s 50th Anniversary, the cars that will cross our auction block are particularly spectacular.”
Among the headlining Shelbys is a 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot #1263.1), a remarkable barn find that was owned by its original owner for more than 44 years until it was sold in 2009. It has the matching numbers engine and drivetrain with 44,000 original miles, and original paint and interior. The engine and transmission have been freshened and the car is very drivable. (VIN SFM5S492)
Barrett-Jackson President Steve Davis added,” With each passing year, these barn-finds become increasingly rare. We are honored to present this tremendous Shelby and many others. These vehicles represent a defining time for an American Legend, and proudly, a man we call a friend.”
“The 2012 50th anniversary celebration will be an exciting year for the Shelby brand,” said John Luft, President of Shelby American. “We’re proud to team up with Barrett-Jackson once again to celebrate this historic milestone in automotive history. We will pull the silk back on the new limited edition Shelby 50th Anniversary vehicles for enthusiasts to see right here at Barrett-Jackson”.
From 1966 comes a freshly restored GT 350H with matching numbers (Lot #1262.2). This car is a stunning example with a complete rotisserie restoration, beautiful Dark Ivy Green paint with gold competition GT350H stripes, and Hertz Magnum 500 wheels with period correct Goodyear Blue Streak tires. This car has been meticulously restored to its classic Shelby heritage. (VIN SFM6S1047)
Representing 1967 is #2545, a Shelby GT350 Fastback (Lot #1263) featuring a Dark Moss Green exterior and black interior. This incredible vehicle was a special order, very highly optioned car with air conditioning, Magstars and California emissions, and is one of one with option combination. It’s undergone professional restoration and boasts SAAC Concours Gold. (VIN 67213F5A02545)
From the Ron Pratte Collection is an extraordinarily rare 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible (Lot #1016.2), this jewel is one of only 153 428cid with 4-speed Shelby GT500 convertibles built in 1968 and underwent a complete rotisserie restoration and was fully documented by Marti Report. (VIN 8T03S17960102967)
A very rare, mostly original, documented, matching numbers driveline 1969 Shelby GT500 will also be rolling across the Barrett-Jackson auction block (Lot #1257.2). This particular model is one of only 1,534 1969/1970 GT500 Fastbacks and boasts an original R Code 428/335hp Cobra Jet with 3.50 Traction-Lok and close-ratio 4-speed. Per the Shelby American World Registry, the car was used as a DST show car, as well as a Goodyear photo car at Ford’s expense. The Shelby was ordered with special paint code F5, Gulfstream Aqua, with a black interior. Elite Marti report is included. (VIN 9F02R480665).
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