Arizona | Lot 235
1967 Shelby GT500
$224,000 USD | Sold
| Phoenix, Arizona
17 January 2020
- Concours-quality restoration by noted Shelby restorer
- Numbers-matching example; factory four-speed transmission
- Verified with copies of the original build sheets and SAAC report
- Equipped with factory ten-spoke alloy wheels
The legendary Carroll Shelby, who famously built and sold the iconic Cobra, had the idea to apply the Shelby magic to Ford’s hot new Mustang. It was a match made in heaven. Nineteen sixty-seven brought a mildly recontoured Mustang body. Since the new body shell was designed to accept Ford’s 390-cubic-inch big-block engine, Shelby dropped the Interceptor 428 into the pony car’s engine bay and added a dual-carb intake, creating the top-of-the-line GT500. Although conservatively rated at 355 horsepower, its actual output was closer to 400 horsepower, with an impressive 420 foot-pounds of torque.
The GT500 looked the part, too. It had a special front end with a unique hood scoop and grille-mounted driving lights, which gave the Shelby Mustang an unforgettably aggressive demeanor. In the back, rear-quarter scoops and a rear spoiler where added. The stock Mustang taillights were replaced by rectangular units and sequential turn signals lifted from the 1966 Thunderbird, giving the car an even more powerful presence. Additionally, air scoops were added into the side coves ahead of the rear wheels. A roll bar with inertia-reel shoulder harnesses completed the competition flavor of the car.
This stunning ’67 GT500, finished handsomely in its factory-original color of Dark Moss Green, has benefitted from a restoration by noted Shelby expert and restoration specialist Tony Conover. The comprehensive rotisserie restoration started with a numbers-matching, solid original car and was completed over a two-year period to exacting standards of quality and authenticity. Since the restoration was completed, it has not been driven and has been part of a private collection of rare and exceptional Shelby cars. Copies of the original build sheets and SAAC report accompany the car.
Since this pristine Shelby has never been displayed, it presents a rare and exciting opportunity for concours exhibition, as well as tours and SAAC events, and would make a stellar addition to any collection of American muscle.