Sunday, May 19, 2013

SOLD!!! $1.3MM ~ 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake (Mecum Auctions)


- The one and only 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake
- GT40 Mk II 427 engine, built specifically for this car
- Purpose-built for the Goodyear Thunderbolt tire test
- Original Shelby invoice, MSO and Goodyear tire test photos
- One-off chrome inboard headlight surrounds
- Unique Le Mans Blue hood striping to distinguish the car
- Fitted with passenger car, 7.75x15" Goodyear Thunderbolt whitewall tires
- The Super Snake drove 500 miles at an average of 142 MPH and retained 97% of the original tire tread
- The Super Snake was never mass produced because the projected retail price would be over twice the price of a baseline GT500 and more than a 427 Cobra
- This prototype was sold in August 1967 for $5,000
- Featured in many magazines and My Classic Car


ESTIMATE: Available Upon Request 

When Ford redesigned the Mustang in 1967 to take the 390/320 HP big block V-8, Carroll Shelby took the next logical step and introduced the GT500, the first big block Shelby GT, powered by a modified Police Interceptor 428 CI engine rated at 355 HP. Buyers took to the new car immediately, and the car outsold its small block GT350 stable-mate 2,048 to 1,175 units. In addition to his partnership with Ford, Shelby was also the West Coast distributor for Goodyear, who in February asked Shelby to take part in a promotional event for its new Thunderbolt line of economy tires. Shelby judged that the GT500 would be the perfect choice for an extended high-speed demonstration of the new tire, but the decision took a twist when former Shelby American sales manager Don McCain approached Shelby with the idea of building a supercar that would outperform anything else in the world. Then employed by Dana Chevrolet in South Gate, California and Mel Burns Ford in Long Beach, McCain suggested that Carroll put a racing 427 in the GT500 for the test, let him sell the car and then build 50 more for Burns.


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