Mecum Auctions sold 756 collector cars during its four-day sale in Dallas last week, posting $24.6 million in transactions and a 73 percent sell-through rate. American muscle cars were a top draw, mostly filling the list of top-10 sellers. Continue reading
Since it is election week, I decided to make the Pick of the Week something that was uniquely American in concept.
In 1966, Shelby and Hertz put together an amazing partnership. They made available for rent 1,000 special Shelby GT350 cars, calling them the GT350H. These are an amazing part of the Shelby legend, and there are many stories of renters picking up these cars and racing them in professional events and then returning them to Hertz. Hopefully, they opted for the full insurance package on their rental agreements. Continue reading
The Pick of the Day is a genuine, low-mileage Carroll Shelby performance machine with an asking price of just under 7,000 bucks. But no, it’s not a V8-enhanced AC Ace sports car or a done-over Ford Mustang. And to my knowledge, it is part of the only Shelby series with a transverse 4-cylinder engine and front-wheel drive.
This is a 1987 Shelby GLHS, one of 1,000 Dodge Chargers that Shelby purchased from Chrysler Motors and transformed into hot little hatchbacks at his factory in Whittier, California. The effort to capitalize on the Shelby name, and have some fun doing so, came after the previous year’s similar transformation of 700 Dodge Omnis into Shelby GLH models. Continue reading
A number of great Shelby Cobras will cross the block during RM Sotheby’s auction in Monterey, California, including the very first one ever built by Carroll Shelby. But only one of those cars has the right to be called “The Winningest Cobra” of all time.
That roadster is number CSX2473, a 1964 Cobra 289 that scored a record number of victories during its heyday in SCCA racing and other events from 1966 through 1973, including three years as an SCCA divisional champion. Of course, there’s also a “winningest driver” to go along with the winningest Cobra, and his story is inextricably linked with that of CSX2473. Continue reading
In February 1962, road racer Carroll Shelby and famed hot rodder Dean Moon pulled an all-nighter at Moon’s shop in Santa Fe Springs, California, along with Moon’s crew of expert mechanics. In the morning, they rolled out into the sunlight a sleek roadster that would have a monumental impact on the worlds of sports cars and motorsports.
Melding the graceful body and archaic chassis of a British AC Ace with the drivetrain of a Ford performance V8, the first Shelby Cobra started up and roared into history. That car, bearing chassis number CSX2000, would introduce Carroll Shelby and his remarkable Cobra concept at the New York Auto Show, serve as the original road-test car for automotive journalists (famously repainted six times so Shelby could feign having built more than one) and would remain in Shelby’s possession throughout his lifetime.
RM Sotheby’s announced Wednesday that CSX2000 will be offered for sale for the first time in its 54-year history at the company’s Monterey, California, auction held August 19-20 during Pebble Beach Concours week. Continue reading
Welcome to Chazland: a world made of pure imagination housing creations that defy explanation. This is an escape to a personal paradise.
From the outside, this oasis looks like a normal garage in Arizona. But for Chaz Lightner, it’s where he finds his soul revived after being bogged down by everyday, mundane tasks, a place where his creative abilities are set free. Continue reading
Mecum Auction’s inaugural sale in Portland, Oregon, was dominated by American muscle (including a Ford-V8-powered exotic) that filled the top 10 list of highest sellers among the 300 cars that sold for a total of $9.3 million, with a 67 percent sell through rate. Continue reading
Marking the 50th anniversary of Ford GT40’s 1-2-3 sweep over Ferrari in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans, Ford returned to the iconic race this year with the new Ford GT, which won the GTE Pro racing class after earning the pole position during qualifying. It’s hard not to feel some kind of nostalgia as we recognize this significant moment, and in my case, sparking an interest in the past.
“The Bid Goes On…” says Mecum Auctions following bidding on vehicles that did not sell on the auction block but are still offered after the fact. This takes on special significance this year after the Original Spring Classic sale in Indianapolis as the total results creep toward the $50 million threshold for the first time.
As of Tuesday, the Indianapolis auction totaled $48,873,590 in sales (not including auction fees) with 1,094 collector cars out of 1,567 offered going to new owners, for a 70 percent sell-through rate. That is tantalizingly close to the big five-oh, according to Mecum, which contends that it is “closing in” on the illusive mark as post-block sales add up after the 29th annual sale held May 17-21. Continue reading
The fourth annual Carroll Shelby Tribute and Car Show, scheduled for May 21 in Gardena, California, celebrates 50 years of Shelby Performance with the anniversaries of the Ford GT, Shelby GT350 and Shelby Hertz cars.