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7 September 2015

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Lot 175

1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback

  • Chassis no. 67400F2A01926

Sold for £126,000

Documents: UK V5


437 bhp, 462 cu. in. OHV Interceptor V-8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, front and rear heavy-duty suspension, and power front disc and rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,743 mm

  • Extraordinarily scarce in Europe
  • Original menacing colour combination
  • Expertly restored to concours condition by specialist Alan Faulkner-Stevens
  • Documented by a Deluxe Marti Report


Since the new 1967 Mustang body shell was designed to accept Ford’s 390-cubic inch big block engine, Shelby dropped the Interceptor 428 into the pony car’s engine bay and added a dual-carb intake, creating the top-of-the-line GT500. Although conservatively rated at 355 horsepower, its actual output was closer to 400 horsepower, with 420 foot-pounds of pavement-melting torque!

The GT500 looked the part too, as it had a special front end with a unique bonnet scoop and grille-mounted driving lights, which gave the Shelby Mustang an unforgettable face. In the back, rear-quarter scoops, a rear spoiler, and sequential turn signals lifted from the 1966 Thunderbird gave the car an even more powerful presence. A roll bar with inertia-reel shoulder harnesses completed the competition flavour of the car.

The car offered here, chassis number 1926, is documented by a Deluxe Marti Report, a copy of which is included on file, as having been built at San Jose, California, on 5 April 1967. It was finished, as it appears today, in Nightmist Blue with a knitted black fabric Décor interior, an extra-cooling package, courtesy lights, a fold-down rear seat, power steering, front disc brakes, and a heavy-duty battery. It was delivered to agent Bedford Motor Corporation, of Bedford, Virginia, and sold new on 26 September 1967 to its original owner, James W. Gregg Jr., a resident of Bedford. It is noted that it had a cracked valve cover, which had been replaced by the dealer in January 1968.

Around 1971, the car was sold by a Ford dealer in DePere, Wisconsin, to Ken and Shirley DeYoung, who drove it to Road Atlanta in November 1972 to participate in the Sports Car Club of America run-offs. In 1973, it passed to Kevin Jones, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, the last owner recorded in the Shelby American Automobile Club’s Registry.

The present owner had the car fully and expertly restored by British specialist Alan Faulkner-Stevens, of Dragon Wheels, to concours condition, including the majority of its original body panels, with the exception of a new passenger-side floor pan and a proper repair to the rear quarter panels. The body was stripped, properly prepared, and then returned to its original finishes and colours. The car retains its original engine and the 1968 dealer replacement heads, intake, and distributor, with remanufactured correct-type Holley carburettors. Furthermore, the engine has been upgraded with a stroker crankshaft and a connecting rod kit to increase capacity to 462 cubic inches, giving it a healthy boost in horsepower to 437. A dynamometer report on file attests to the increased horsepower and torque. The car has a correct four-speed transmission and axle assembly and all of the rare Shelby fiberglass parts, as well as a correct steering wheel, gauges, and aluminium wheels. The wiring and lights were also upgraded from the original specification, with turn signals being subtly fitted.

This rare “muscle car”, offered in excellent condition throughout and from one of the UK’s foremost Shelby enthusiasts, is undoubtedly the finest example in England!

Addendum

Please note that since publishing the catalogue RM Sotheby's has been provided with further detail regarding this car, including a full and glowing report from the restorer, Alan Faulkner-Stevens. For additional information as well as said report, please consult an RM Sotheby's representative.

Alexander Weaver

aweaver@rmsothebys.com

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

smyers@rmsothebys.com

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more