Barrett-Jackson will be honoring automotive legend Carroll Shelby on January 19 when several vintage Shelby cars will be put up for auction. The one expected to turn most heads is a rare 1967 Shelby GT500.
The car is one of the first GT500's ever produced by Shelby American, and everything is original: its Nightmist Blue exterior paint color, black interior, 428 Police Interceptor engine, dual four-barrel carburetor, wheels, tires, and drivetrain. It may also be one be one of lowest-mileage GT500s in existence, too, with only 9841 indicated miles.
Currently owned by Stephen Becker, president and CEO of Planet Cobra, the GT500 has a special history. After ordering the 1967 GT500 for drag racing, amateur racer Edward Milkos competed with it for two years. A serious injury later forced him to store the icon in his basement, until he traded it in for a Jaguar thirty years later. Since then, it's been displayed at the Shelby Headquarters in Las Vegas, and went on tour in 2010. The GT500 was one of the 20 vehicles on display at the Shelby tribute in Monterey.
The one-of-a-kind GT500 will hit the auction block on January 19 in Scottsdale, Ariz., where a party will be held in memory of the late Mr. Shelby's 90th birthday on January 11.
The Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles is also remembering Shelby with a cruise-in on January 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Those who roll up in Shelbys, Shelby replicas, hot rods, classics, or other special-interest vehicles will get free parking and their drivers will receive 2-for-1 admission to the museum. For more information on the tribute, call 949-900-1960.