Offered by Mecum Auctions – Simply as Carroll Shelby’s unique Ford-powered Cobra roadster set a brand new commonplace for prime efficiency in a sports activities automotive, the 1964 announcement of the brand new Ford Mustang reset the American public’s expectations for reasonably priced efficiency in a mass-production car. Probably the most impressed and brilliantly focused product in automotive historical past, the Mustang’s meteoric rise to fame was unprecedented, interesting to the broadest cross-section of shoppers ever encountered in Ford’s a long time of market analysis. It was due to this fact inevitable that Ford would method Carroll Shelby—already main the cost within the firm’s Whole Efficiency marketing campaign—to instill the Mustang with the efficiency wanted to dominate SCCA B Manufacturing competitors. Shelby’s reply to Ford’s command, the 1965 Shelby GT350, is firmly entrenched as a real American automotive treasure; a single encounter with certainly one of these feral beasts generally is a life-altering expertise that has opened various eyes to the magic of the instances and folks liable for its creation.
Shelby American designer Peter Brock, one of many pivotal figures within the GT350 saga, has identified, “discovering a GT350 Mustang in virtually pristine situation is greater than a minor miracle; it’s headline information.” Supplied after 30 years of museum-quality storage, Shelby GT350 No. SFM5013 is the very automotive to which Brock was referring, and it’s fairly possible probably the most properly preserved unique GT350 in existence. Considerably, it has been within the cautious stewardship of a small cadre of distinguished collectors, starting with its first proprietor, Sports activities Automobile Graphic Journal Editor John Christy.
The story of 5013 begins with its arrival at Shelby American’s Venice, California, store on December 20, 1964 as a special-order, partially accomplished Mustang 2+2 from the San Jose meeting plant, as orchestrated by GT350 Mission Supervisor Chuck Cantwell. Work started on the automotive, which Shelby designated an “Superior Prototype,” on January 5, 1965 and was accomplished on January 25. Upon its completion it served as a PR automobile and appeared in an early Shelby American promotional poster. On Could 20, 1965, SFM5013 was picked up by Hello-Efficiency Motors in Los Angeles, who offered the automotive to Christy. A detailed good friend of Carroll Shelby, Christy had been in on the motion swirling round Shelby American proper from the beginning. He was one of many first to drive the fabled CSX2000, and he carefully coated the Cobra’s growth within the pages of Sports activities Automobile Graphic. He additionally accomplished a course at Shelby’s College of Excessive Efficiency Driving and was energetic in SCCA racing. Invited by Shelby to check drive a brand new GT350 (5007), Christy famously performed a ten,000-mile street take a look at in the identical automotive, from Los Angeles to Sebring, Florida, to New York Metropolis and again to Los Angeles, chronicling his experiences within the June and July 1965 problems with Sports activities Automobile Graphic. Christy was so enamored of the GT350’s efficiency and dealing with that, instantly upon finishing that now-famous street journey, he dedicated to the acquisition of 5013 on Could 24, 1965.
As is clearly proven by the GT350’s current odometer studying of simply 6,950 miles, Christy drove the automotive very sparingly. He additionally fastidiously preserved it in as-new situation, as did all its subsequent house owners. In line with the Shelby Registry, Steve J. Karlock of Camarillo, California, bought 5013 in 1976. It modified possession a number of instances within the late Nineteen Eighties, passing between a number of famous California collectors and classic racers till touchdown with its current proprietor (additionally a extremely regarded California collector and racer) in 1989. Recognizing the automotive’s uniquely unique situation, its present proprietor selected to not a lot as transfer it, besides to have it serviced and to take care of its mechanical and beauty health; in any other case, it remained undercover and properly protected. Because of this, Shelby GT350 No. SFM5013 is, because the legendary Peter Brock describes it, “most likely the one instance extant at present that continues to be just about untouched.” A extra ringing endorsement can be laborious to think about, particularly coming from a person of Brock’s huge expertise and historic contributions to all issues Shelby.
This automobile will probably be public sale at Mecum Auctions’ Kissimmee 2021 occasion (January 7-16, 2021).