Rare Shelby Muscle Cars Headline 2016 Mecum Indianapolis Auction

Shelby vehicles at the 2016 Mecum Indianapolis auction 6 photos
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1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster CSX32951964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster CSX22711965 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback with a factory-installed Paxton supercharger1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR Convertible
Carroll Shelby was a man of many talents. For starters, he was one hell of a driver, having won the 1959 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in an Aston Martin. But his car-making legacy is what matters most for us car aficionados.
Collectors go weak at the knees whenever a 1960s Shelby is listed for auction. This time is no different. The good peeps at Mecum Auctions have prepared a flurry of Shelby muscle for the Indianapolis auction in May, as follows:

- 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra Roadster CSX3295
- 1964 Shelby 289 Cobra Roadster CSX2271
- 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback
- 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback with a factory-installed Paxton supercharger
- 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR Convertible

Each lot has its story. The 1967 Cobra comes with known ownership history since it rolled off the assembly line and 20,165 miles on the odometer. The 1964 Cobra is number 271 of 453 leaf-spring street cars ever made, it was purchased new by the founder of Mercury Marine, and it was formerly owned by NHRA world champion Bruce Larson. The Mustangs are similarly desirable.

First, there is the 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350, the bearer of serial number 41 and one of the first units built for SCCA homologation. This extremely sexy machine also boasts an original owners’ manual autographed by none other than Carroll Shelby. Then there’s the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT350, one of only 35 units with a factory-installed Paxton supercharger. According to the Shelby Registry, you’re looking at one of three Paxton GT350s painted in Dark Blue.

Last but certainly not least, the 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR is one of 43 convertibles finished in WT6066 Special Yellow. And yes, that is a power folding top. Needless to say this, but this particular GT500KR is a top-shelf candidate for collectors seeking an exceptional addition to the stable. Then again, who could refuse the proposition of owning and driving a car known as the King of the Road?
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About the author: Mircea Panait
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After a 1:43 scale model of a Ferrari 250 GTO sparked Mircea's interest for cars when he was a kid, an early internship at Top Gear sealed his career path. He's most interested in muscle cars and American trucks, but he takes a passing interest in quirky kei cars as well.
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