Classic Shelbys Go to Auction Block

By Staff Writer January 13, 2021

A meticulously restored 1965 Shelby GT350 (#5S553) from the personal collection of Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson will headline a group of highly desirable 1960s-era Shelby cars to be sold at No Reserve during the auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale in March 2021. One of the world’s greatest examples of the first-year Shelby GT350, more than 2,000 man-hours were invested in the museum-quality restoration of this “triple crown-winning” historic and low-mileage former PR car.

“I believe this is simply the best 1965 Shelby GT350 on the planet, and the car has an incredible pedigree,” said Jackson. “It was featured in key publicity efforts during that incredible world championship racing season. We spared no expense to make 5S553 the finest restored example of the breed at the time of restoration, and the car earned accolades that validate its authenticity. While parting with this impeccable Shelby is difficult, I have every confidence that this Shelby will make history in Scottsdale while also demonstrating the resiliency of the collector car hobby.”

Shelby GT350 #5S553, is one of just 562 built by Shelby American for the 1965 model year. It was used by Shelby American for public relations efforts before finding its final home in Southern Texas, where it remained until it was discovered in 2016 with only 19,000 miles. The Shelby’s restoration was fastidiously documented, with all original components rebuilt or replaced with correctly date-coded original parts.

Additional heritage Shelby Mustangs have been consigned for the March 2021 Scottsdale Auction, including a 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible (preview) owned by racing legend Rick Hendrick. One of only 517 ever built and only one of 50 Shelby Special Order Mustangs painted in Special Yellow, this Shelby has all the best high-performance features available at the time, including the amazing 428ci Ford Cobra Jet engine. It has the original body panels, as well as completely mint original interior, and shows just over 20,000 on the odometer.

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Last modified on Wednesday, 13 January 2021 15:40