This January, three rare, vintage Shelby Mustangs will be headed to Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale, Arizona auction: a supercharged 1965 Shelby GT350, a 1966 Shelby GT350 raced by Teodoro Yagali in the 1970s, and a 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible once owned by legendary pro tennis player Jimmy Connors.
“The Ford Mustang has become one of the most desirable American muscle cars in history,” says Barrett-Jackson Chairman and CEO Craig Jackson. “But it took the combination of a visionary like Ford’s Lee Iacocca and hot-rodders like Carroll Shelby to transform them into winning race cars. We’re excited some of those early Shelby and Boss Mustangs that helped fuel the legend of the Mustang over the last 40 years will cross our block in Scottsdale.”
1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang With A Paxton Supercharger
Restored to like-new condition in the 1990s, this 1965 Shelby GT350 was fitted with a Shelby American-sourced Paxton supercharger. It retains all its original Shelby parts, including the factory 289-cubic-inch motor. In the last several months, new, correct Goodyear Blue Dot tires were fitted, and the car received a cosmetic freshening-up to return it to concourse condition.
1966 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang
Shipped to Lima, Peru in 1966, this Shelby GT350 was raced by Teodoro Yagali, who used it to win the 3,000-km Caminos Del Inca in 1972 and 1973. The car finally made its way back to the US in 2002, undergoing a complete restoration shortly thereafter, and again in 2015. It’s been returned to its original, factory color and specs, except for a close-ratio “K-code” 4-speed manual transmission that was fitted at some point in its past.
1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR Convertible
Originally purchased by tennis great Jimmy Connors, this Shelby GT500KR has only 47k miles on the odometer, and features a rare yellow-with-black-interior color combination; only 47 GT500KRs were produced with those colors. The factory 428 Cobra Jet motor and 4-speed manual are present, and the car was given an extensive restoration in 2013. It has won gold at multiple classic car meets.