A legendary Ford Mustang sold for a historic price at the Mecum Auctions event in Kissimmee, Fla., on Friday night when the bidding ended at $2,200,000.
That made it the most expensive Mustang ever sold at auction, and with good reason.
The Shelby Mustang 1967 GT500 Super Snake was a one of a kind prototype that Carroll Shelby had built for a tire test conducted by Goodyear.
He swapped out the GT500’s already potent 428 cubic-inch V8 for one of the 427 cubic-inch racing V8s from Ford’s Le Mans-winning GT40 and updated the rest of the powertrain and suspension to match.
The result was a Mustang coupe that could hit 170 mph and averaged 142 mph over 500 miles at a high-speed track in Texas where it was running on a set of Goodyear’s new whitewall Thunderbolt economy tires.
The initial plan was to build 50 of the cars for sale, but at an estimated double the price of a standard GT500 there weren’t enough takers and the sole prototype was sold for just $5,000.
And driven hard. It was used for drag racing, and amassed 26,000 miles on its odometer while changing hands several times over the years.
It’s now been restored close to its original state with a few period correct parts and what may be the last existing set of Thunderbolt tires, which were found in a warehouse in Akron, Ohio, several years ago.
The auction sale shattered the old Mustang record, which was set by this very car at a Mecum auction in 2013, where it went for a mere $1.3 million. Bidding on another prototype Shelby, the so-called ‘Green Hornet’ 1968 EXP 500, reached $1.8 million at an auction in 2013, but fell short of its reserve price.