Interest in all things related to automotive pioneer Carroll Shelby reached a peak on eBay last week after his death on May 10. Searches on his name topped our weekly search trends list, as we related on last weekend’s post entitled “A rare 1965 Shelby Cobra.” Shelby was an automotive visionary and leader, and his legacy includes his achievements in racing history and, of course, the cars he built or helped design.
Over the course of the last 6 months (and aside from the amazing 1965 Shelby Cobra we talked about, above), we found a few interesting Shelby-influenced cars on eBay that we showcased on this blog. These include the prototype 1986 Dodge Omni GLHS (modified by Shelby) and the Sunbeam convertible (Shelby was involved in the development of the prototype). While these cars have interesting stories, they are not what people consider the “classic” muscle cars that Carroll Shelby is most famous for creating.
This has to be considered the “classic garage find to end all garage finds” that we sometimes stumble upon. The listing notes that in 1968 the original owner, Kay, drove her 1965 Shelby GT350 from Statesville to Charlotte, North Carolina, to trade it for the GT500 convertible. She moved to Florida and continued driving the GT500 until 1981, when she opted to garage the car. For the next 31 years the car sat in the garage, until this year.
Here’s what the car looks like now that it is out of the garage:
The seller notes there is some surface rust, and that the car is not running, but that it has only 53,000 miles. It will take some work to get this car into shape, but what a fun project!
The GT500 was reportedly the first Mustang to carry the famous “Cobra” name, but by no means the last. Although the production of Shelby GTs ended in 1970, the Shelby/Mustang brand was revived in 2007 with the introduction of the Ford Shelby GT500.
In fact, last weekend we saw another, more recent version show up on our eBay Top Shared list. In this case, it was a 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Flat Black:
This unique, one-of-a-kind 2010 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has over $25,000 of performance upgrades, including the custom flat black paint job, the Shelby Racing Intercooler upgrade, and much more. Although the car did not sell this time, we hope to see this black beauty up for auction in the future.
Carroll Shelby was a true innovator, and his work lives on today. So whether you already count yourself lucky enough to own one of his cars, or you want to restore a classic, or you would like to buy a newer model, you can turn to eBay to find a wide selection of cool cars.