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.
A spectacular group of six competition Fords and Shelbys from the famed Jim Click Ford Performance Collection has been announced by RM Sotheby’s for its annual Monterey, California, auction in August during Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance week. Continue reading
A secret “barn-find” 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, hidden away for 40 years by its original owner and unknown even to the Shelby American Registry, goes to auction June 5 during Bonhams’ sale in Greenwich, Connecticut.
The Shelby will be offered “as-found” and without reserve by Bonhams, which values the fastback coupe at $80,000 to $120,000, which seems like a modest goal considering the rising values of GT350s in even the most-ratty condition. Continue reading
When you think of Sammy Hagar, you might remember his early days playing in a hard-rock band named Montrose, or else his song “I can’t drive 55” released during his solo career. The “Red Rocker” was also the former front man of Van Halen, and he founded the Cabo Wabo Tequila brand, among other things.
But gearheads might know him best for his automotive passion and enviable car collection. Continue reading
Among Shelby enthusiasts, Joe McMurrey of Longview, Texas, is in a class of his own with an impressive collection of performance cars imprinted with the special touch of the man himself, Carroll Shelby, whose birthplace is just an hour away.
McMurrey has consigned 17 of his cars, and not just Shelbys but exciting examples from GM and Mopar as well, for Mecum’s 29th annual Original Spring Classic auction held May 17-21 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis. Continue reading
Editor’s note: This is the first in a 10-day series featuring cars to be sold April 8-10 at Barrett-Jackson’s 2016 Palm Beach Auction.
Shortly after Ford launched the Mustang in April of 1964, Carroll Shelby, legendary race car driver and car builder, was tasked with transforming the pony car into a high-performance car. The result of his efforts became to be known as the 1965 Shelby GT350.
Editor’s note: This is the eleventh in a 30-day sponsored series featuring cars to be sold January 23-31 during Barrett-Jackson’s 45th Scottsdale auction.
Indefatigable automotive icon Carroll Shelby dreamed of designing, building and distributing a vehicle to recapture the hearts and imagination of American sports car enthusiasts post the success of the Cobra and other various Shelbys. At age 70, the legendary snake-charmer set out to create a rarefied machine known as the Shelby Series 1 as a modern day update on the Shelby Cobra theme.
Tonight I’d like to see good old Santa Clause riding around in this beautiful 2014 Shelby Cobra, and I can’t say I’d be mad if he left it at my house. The Cobra is the perfect combination of British styling with American power making it not only our Pick of the Day, but an excellent Santa sleigh even though it doesn’t have a lot of room for gifts, or anywhere to attach his reindeer.