SCOTTSDALE, AZ – January 12, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –
- Originally shipped to Peru, a 1966 Shelby GT350 (Lot #1324) headed to Scottsdale was raced extensively by Teodoro Yagali in the 1970s and was restored to its original build in 2015
- A 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible (Lot #1368) was once owned by tennis great Jimmy Connors and is one of only 47 in its rare color combination
- A highlight at the auction will be a 1965 Shelby GT350 (Lot #1365),which features a complete Paxton Supercharger that is fitted to the original motor
Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, will auction an enviable line of vintage Shelby and Boss 302 Ford Mustangs at the 46th Annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction to be held Jan. 14-22, 2017, at the WestWorld of Scottsdale in Arizona. Included in the docket is a 1966 Shelby GT350 (Lot #1324) originally shipped to Lima, Peru, where Teodoro Yagali piloted the car to wins during the 1972 and 1973 Caminos del Inca rallies.
Lot #1368 – a 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR once owned by tennis great Jimmy Connors.
“The Ford Mustang has become one of the most desirable American muscle cars in history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “But it took the combination of a visionary like Ford’s Lee Iacocca and hot-rodders like Carroll Shelby to transform them into winning race cars. We’re excited some of those early Shelby and Boss Mustangs that helped fuel the legend of the Mustang over the last 40 years will cross our block in Scottsdale.”
A beautifully restored Mustang with a racing provenance, the 1966 Shelby GT350 (Lot #1324) was shipped to Lima, Peru, in 1966. A few years later, Teodoro Yagali raced the car to two victories in the 3,000 kilometer Caminos del Inca rallies in 1972 and 1973. The car returned to the U.S. in 2002, when it underwent a complete restoration that maintained its racing colors and patina. In 2015 it was restored to its original color and factory specs.
The Shelby GT500KR convertible (Lot #1368) has only 47,000 miles and is listed in the Shelby Registry. It was purchased by tennis great Jimmy Connors, who gave it to his wife, 1977 Playboy Playmate of the Year Patti McGuire. The multi-award-winning car – which is one of only 47 GT500KR convertibles in its color combination of Special Yellow over black – was completely restored in 2013.
“The Ford Mustang has a special place in the hearts of both American muscle car enthusiasts and collectors,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “From the Mustang’s early SCCA championship titles to today’s Formula Drift competitions, the Mustang has proven itself equally on the track as it has on the road. Mustang enthusiasts will certainly have something to look forward to in Scottsdale.”
Another notable Mustang included in the Scottsdale auction is a 1965 Shelby GT350 (Lot #1365) that has all of the 1965 Shelby parts intact. It also features a complete Paxton Supercharger conversion, direct from Shelby American, which was fitted to the original motor. A restoration in the late 1990s returned the car cosmetically and mechanically to like-new. Also included is a rare 1968 Shelby GT350-H Fastback (Lot #1068). This Hertz-edition Mustang is one of 224 built with matching numbers and has only 400 miles since its full restoration in 2011.
For more information on becoming a bidder, follow the link to www.barrett-jackson.com/bid. Experience the 46th Annual Scottsdale Auction in style with a Barrett-Jackson VIP Experience Package. Information on available packages and how to be a part of this world-class lifestyle event is available here.
Source: Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, LLC