Friday, August 10, 2012

Shelby Collectibles for Sale

With the recent death of Carroll Shelby, Shelby cars have been more noticeable than ever. I know of at least three upcoming auctions where Shelby vehicles are being featured.

1965 Shelby Cobra 289 Roadster
courtesy of Russo and Steele
The first is Russo and Steele’s upcoming Monterey auction (August 16 to 18). They have several Shelby cars set to cross the block, some of which have no reserve. There’s a cute little red 1965 Shelby Cobra 289 roadster (nope, that’s not one of the no reserve cars), at least four 1966 Shelby GT 350s, one of which has raced in the SCCA and one of which is one of the Hertz cars, and even a 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible, which is marked “no reserve.” Plenty of opportunities for someone to start a collection.
2009 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR
courtesy of Vicari Auction Company

If a car with the Shelby name on it isn’t good enough, how about a car Shelby actually owned? The Vicari Auction Company is offering exactly that at their 16th annual Biloxi Auction (October 12-13). It’s a 2009 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR, with less than 1,600 miles on it, and comes with proof that Shelby owned it, plus his signature on the dash.
2009 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR
courtesy of Vicari Auction Company

We’re talking serious supercar here. The people at Vicari say it’s “powered by a 90 degree ‘MOD’ DOHC supercharged 5.4L/330CID V-8 producing 540 HP @ 6,250 RPM and 510 lbs.-ft of torque @ 4,500 RPM. It goes 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and has a quarter-mile ET of 12.5 seconds at 114 mph.”

For something truly unique (and thanks to my husband for drawing my attention to this one), how about a lifesize model of a car driven by Carroll Shelby. And not just any car, but the Aston Martin DBR1 in which he and Roy Salvadori won the 1959 Le Mans 24-Hour. It looks exactly like a giant model that has not yet been assembled. It will be up for grabs at Bonhams’ Goodwood Revival Sale on September 15. Since I haven’t got permission from Bonhams, I can’t post a photo here, but you can see it for yourself at this link. They think it will go for between 20-25,000 British pounds. I wouldn’t be surprised if it went even higher.

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