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Thursday, June 18, 2015

This 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang is the Better Bullitt

BOLD RIDE

 
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When it comes to Shelby, we always keep our ears to the ground, no matter what the age. While the AC Cobra and GT40 still live on in the mind of hardcore enthusiasts, the iconic, original GT500 was what really solidified the Shelby name around the world. And now you can own a piece of that history.
 
Developed as a more street-focused version of the GT350, the GT500 shelved the paltry 4.7-liter 289ci small-block V8 in favor of the 7.0-liter 428ci big block. It was built for only three years, between 1967 and 1970, and in very small batches. That means, today, these rare cars are worth a small fortune and have car collectors everywhere salivating whenever one comes up for auction.


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In 1967, Shelby built a total of 59 GT500s that were company cars. Of those, 11 were built as test mules, or “engineering cars” as they used to call them. This car you see before you, according to Silodrome, was one of those engineering cars and was built on Jan. 20, 1967. It was assigned to Don Cunningham of Shelby American before it was sold off to Johnny Bolton Ford Inc. in August.
 
This car is currently coming up for auction at this year’s Goodwood Festival Of Speed Sale on June 26 in the UK. Being sold off by Bonhams, it is expected to reach anywhere from $105,000-$140,000, which for a car with this much history is the bargain of the century.


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So, if you want this pristine Dark Highland Green Shelby GT500 Mustang sitting in your garage, I’d start packing my bags and getting over to the Goodwood Festival of Speed immediately. This car is going to be a hot seller.

Photo Credit: Bonhams
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