Shelby Ford transporter scores big dollars at auction

By: Guy Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Could this be the world’s coolest support truck?

Shelby Ford transporter scores big dollars at auction
Shelby support truck is said to be one of six.

This is one of those oddball lots that, if you happened to have a bucket of money floating around, you just might take a punt on – particularly if you also happened to be a Shelby enthusiast. Mecums in the USA recently auctioned off this former Shelby team race transporter, which saw service with the crew when they were campaigning GT40s in Europe – in the process beating Ferrari at its own game – and then back in the USA.

The vehicle itself is fairly humble, just your standard upright 1966 Ford trayback. However the 330ci (5.4lt) V8 engine was dressed up in Cobra gear, as was the shifter for the four-speed manual transmission.

As for the truck body, it’s painted with all the period Shelby signwriting which by now has developed a bit of patina.

It was used to carry support equipment such as compressors and tools, rather than cars, and is said to be one of six set up this way.

It recently sold for US $62,000 (AU$83,000), which is a little under the $66,000 it went for back in 2008. Okay, it’s a lot for a second-hand truck, but what price for the story behind it?

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