Viknesh VijayenthiranJanuary 16, 2019Comment Now!

Here"s one for the record books.

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A Mustang walk under the hammer at Mecum"s yearly auction in Kissimmee, Florida, ~ above Sunday and sold because that $2.2 million, which makes it the many expensive Mustang in the world. That in chin is impressive but we"ll remind you that the automobile was last offered in 2013 because that $1.3 million, meaning it"s to be appreciating at practically $200,000 per year because then.


Naturally, this Mustang is very special. In fact, it"s the only among its kind. If friend haven"t figured it the end already, the car is the 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 at sight Snake that Shelby American originally developed as a demonstrator for Goodyear and its Thunderbolt tires.


As the story goes, Shelby founder and namesake Carroll Shelby and dealer Don McCain saw a potential sector for car even greater in performance 보다 the existing Shelby GT500. Since Shelby had remained in charge the Ford’s GT40 gyeongju efforts, McCain persuaded Shelby to ingredient the 427-cubic inch gyeongju engine native a GT40 into the GT500 scheduled for tires testing.

Shelby engineer Fred Goodell to be happy come comply, equipping the auto with the exact same engine supplied to win the 1966 24 hours of Le man in the GT40 Mk II. The end an outcome was a Mustang v some 520 horsepower and also a top speed of 170 mph. McCain later came up with the Super line moniker.

The Goodyear tire test was a success, despite the truth that the whitewall Thunderbolt tires to be the narrowest ever before fitted to a Shelby GT500. After ~ Shelby himself ran the auto to 170 mph, Goodell averaged a speed of 142 mph for some 500 miles, prove the trust of the tires.


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1967 Ford Shelby GT500 super Snake


The publicly was much less than thrilled with the price of the GT500 super Snake, which at $8,000, cost much more than a 427 Cobra. In the end, only the test vehicle was built, which renders it among the most desirable for any type of serious Mustang collector.

Note, Shelby in 2018 announced the will develop a operation of 10 continuation cars featuring the precise spec that the original. Shelby is using donor 1967 Mustang chassis because that the cars, and it"s most likely all develop slots have actually been sold.

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The initial GT500 Super line wasn"t the most expensive automobile at the recent Mecum auction, as a Ferrari LaFerrari fetched $3.3 million. Another highlight to be a pair of 1969 L88 Corvettes that sold for $990,000, when a rare 1965 Ford GT40 competition Prototype Roadster failed come hit that is reserve.