Mecum’s Indianapolis sale has been postponed to July, but the docket is already full of stunning vehicles. Back in March we highlighted the announcement of the first-ever Shelby GT350R, part of the John Atzbach collection that features numerous rare and important Shelbys. Among them is this super-rare 1966 GT350 Convertible, offered at no reserve.
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My thought is that the car is the first chop job of four rare cars. It would be interesting to know a couple of things. How much was chopped up to put that stupid supercharger in and what has to be done to a cruise-o-matic to handle that supercharger? Can those transmissions really be built to handle a supercharger?
On February 14, 1978 (42 years ago, ouch) as a 14 year old I had the joy of seeing this car in Vinita OK. I bought my first 66 GT-350 on that day from the car's owner and his business partner. I'm one of a few people who can say their second ride in a Shelby, my first was in 6S1191 purchased that day, was in a real, one of four, 66 GT-350 convertible. Clifford, the owner at that time and car's long term owner, was always gracious in giving rides at the various car shows and cruises he would attend.
This one is going to be fun to watch as it crosses the block. No offense to Hagerty, but I think your estimate is a little low.
It is a sad fate for these cars that were built to be DRIVEN. Once a car is sold as a "rare collectible", it it doomed to pass from one rich investor to the next and seldom driven just the few miles off the trailer to the auction house.
I agree completely, my most valuable car is valued between 70-80K and could not be replaced, but it is on the road several times a week local and road trips. Not only do I enjoy driving it but you see the pleasure others get from seeing it out and about. With a few exceptions, if you can't drive it, it's just a curiosity.
I think it might be a C4 as they came out a coupla yrs B4 this was made (as apposed to the afore mentioned cruz-a-matic). Now that I have some folks-in-the know I wanted some more understanding. This car is a good example (to me) of this lack of understanding I have.
I never understand how cars like this acquire such hi prices. I hada antique collector in my fam (coins guns, china head dolls, U name it). "Such and such owned this in xxx year. That brings the value upto $$$$!" I never understood it. Some value cuz it's old, some due to rarity, the rest if its neat. But provenance never meant nuttin to me. Y is that an added figure in a value? "It won such'n such race!" So what? "It's from this lill tiny country in xxx." So what? I do NOT mean to be rude, just am ignorant, dumb...need some help...