The Shelby Mustang was a fixture of the muscle-car scene in the 1960s, and so it is today. But in between, it was noticeably absent from the Ford catalog – its place taken, in part, by the Mustang Cobra. What we have here is the first official Shelby Mustang in decades, and it's looking for a new home.
Consigned to Barrett-Jackson for its next auction is the 2007 Ford Shelby GT concept. Building on the success of the revived GT-H that Shelby American made for Hertz, the Shelby GT became the first Shelby pony car sold through Ford's dealer network since 1970.
Slotting in between the 300-horsepower Mustang GT and the 500-hp Shelby GT500 that followed, the Shelby GT packed a 4.6-liter V8, sending 319 hp to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual. It was distinguished by its special retro hood (among other features) and was offered in either black or white with silver stripes, or later in blue, orange, or black with red stripes.
This first example was displayed at the New York Auto Show, appeared in official photography, and used for demonstration and testing purposes. It subsequently sat on display in the Shelby American Heritage Museum, but is now coming up for auction with 9,360 miles on the odometer.
Tempted by the prospect of owning a piece of Shelby and Ford history? Pack your bags (full of cash) and book your airfare for Las Vegas the weekend of October 19-21.