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Buy It! One of just four Shelby GT350 convertibles is coming for auction

By on May 31, 2020 0 232 Views

This rare machine has several mods added to it, which might lower its value

The Shelby Mustang GT350 is one of the greatest all-time sports cars, winning a gross of races and proving the prowess of Carroll Shelby’s company. Soon to cross the auction block at Mecum is an extremely rare example of this famous race car, a 1966 GT350 Convertible.

Shelby built four GT350 convertibles for testing purposes before it got around to offering a production model for 1968.

Of the four, this Ivy Green example is serial number 6S2375, supposedly the first one built.

The Mustang was restored once in the mid-1970s, and retains its original engine. Since then the car has toured extensively, appearing at many car shows, including the 50th-anniversary Mustang gathering at LeMay — America’s Car Museum.

One would expect a car of this calibre to have all the factory-correct parts stuck back on it, but this GT350 has had a few things added. The wheels are incorrect for the 1966 model year, as is the steering wheel. A Paxton supercharger has been added under the hood, while on the hood are Hertz gold stripes, also non-original.

The last time a convertible GT350 sold was in 2017. That example was finished in Ruby Red and featured a four-speed manual transmission; it sold for US$742,500.

This will be a tough one to call the price for. The vehicle is rare, to say the least, but the additional features could actually detract from the value, rather than add to it. The Hagerty Price Guide suggests it could go for between US$681,000 and US$986,000, but we won’t know for sure until it crosses the block on Friday, July – Alex Reid

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