A legendary Ford Mustang offered for a historic value on the Mecum Auctions occasion in Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday evening when the bidding ended at $2,200,000.
That made it the most costly Mustang ever offered at public sale, and with good cause.
The Shelby Mustang 1967 GT500 Tremendous Snake was a one in every of a sort prototype that Carroll Shelby had constructed for a tire check performed by Goodyear.
He swapped out the GT500’s already potent 428 cubic-inch V8 for one of many 427 cubic-inch racing V8s from Ford’s Le Mans-winning GT40 and up to date the remainder of the powertrain and suspension to match.
The end result was a Mustang coupe that would hit 170 mph and averaged 142 mph over 500 miles at a high-speed monitor in Texas the place it was working on a set of Goodyear’s new whitewall Thunderbolt financial system tires.
The preliminary plan was to construct 50 of the automobiles on the market, however at an estimated double the worth of an ordinary GT500 there weren’t sufficient takers and the only real prototype was offered for simply $5,000.
And pushed onerous. It was used for drag racing, and amassed 26,000 miles on its odometer whereas altering palms a number of occasions over time.
It’s now been restored near its authentic state with a couple of interval appropriate elements and what will be the final current set of Thunderbolt tires, which have been present in a warehouse in Akron, Ohio, a number of years in the past.
The public sale sale shattered the outdated Mustang report, which was set by this very automotive at a Mecum public sale in 2013, the place it went for a mere $1.three million. Bidding on one other prototype Shelby, the so-called ‘Inexperienced Hornet’ 1968 EXP 500, reached $1.eight million at an public sale in 2013, however fell wanting its reserve value.
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