Shelby Mustang 1967 GT350 #1 up for auction

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Top resto carries early hand-made Shelby parts

Shelby Mustang 1967 GT350 #1 up for auction
First Shelby Mustang for 1967 is up for sale.

The first Shelby Mustang for the 1967 model year, a small block GT350 with build number 00018, is up for auction next January, through Mecum in the USA.

Shelby was able to show a little more flair with this model, developing a number of distinctive cosmetic parts and this car carries several early hand-made pieces, such as the grille.

It was also the year the Mustang platform was adapted to take the big-block engines as an alternative to the 289 V8.

This example started life as a Ford show and PR car before being sold to the head of Avis rent-a-car.

It underwent a major restoration some time ago (using original engine and panels) and its won a number of concours awards over time.

This is the 289ci car, boasting 306 horses and a four-speed manual. Shelby built 3225 Mustangs that year - its best effort to date - of which 1175 were GT350s. It was outsold by the big-block GT500 (2048).

A GT500 notchback and soft-top prototype were also built.

So, what's it worth? Over $200k at a guess, but how much over given its history? We'll have to wait a while, as the auction isnt until January 6-15.

Here's the direct auction link.

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