1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake sets new record with A$3 million sale

By: Alexander Affat, Unique Cars magazine

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The one-off skunkworks project is now the most expensive Ford Mustang ever

1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake sets new record with A$3 million sale
1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake sets new record with A$3 million sale

The one and only 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake crossed the block at Mecum’s Kissimmee auction earlier this month, and sold for a whopping AUD$3 million dollars. It has beaten its own record as the "World’s most expensive Ford Mustang", which it set prior in 2013 when it was sold for USD$1.3 million.

The Super Snake was originally estimated to sell for between USD$1 million to USD $1.2 million, but ultimately finished one million dollars over expected (USD$2.2 million).

The one-off prototype featured a "special lightweight 427 racing engine" as well as other supporting ancillaries for its original purpose: a high-speed exhibition to promote Goodyear tyres.

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Don McCain, Shelby American Sales Manager at the time, said it was the "mother of all 427s at that time… everything inside the engine was built to run susatained 6,000rpm – to race at Le Mans".

Shelby intended to build 50 more Super Snakes, but ultimately the exercises was deemed far too expensive for the consumer; it would end up costing over twice the price of the already-succesful GT500, and well beyond Shelby’s own 427 Cobra.

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The car was sold shortly after in 1967, for USD$5000.

Its third-most recent owner, rare Mustang collector Richard Ellis, saw the odometer tick over 26,000 miles, gave the one-off Mustang  a light restoration: with new-old-stock Shelby 10-spoke wheels, new-old-stock Goodyear Thunderbolt tyres, and a period-correct Rotunda-branded fire extinguisher.

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Not many cars can double their value in just six years, but this remains the only 1967 GT500 Super Snake ever built by Shelby; a mythical backroom project, with the heart of a Le Mans winner. That, apparently, is worth more than something.

 

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