Do you want a chance to own a one-of-a-kind Shelby GT500 prototype? One is going up for bid this week at the Barrett-Jackson Auction! You won’t want to miss a chance at this unique 2013 Shelby GT500 prototype that was actually driven by Carroll Shelby!
Originally, this auction was listed as a “special” 2013 Shelby GT500, which many believed to be the first production version of the car. However, just this week, the story broke that it was actually a prototype version of the 2013 GT500. This car was designated a “durability car” and was hand assembled by Ford SVT. It was heavily driven by SVT teams and Carroll Shelby at Sebring, the Arizona Proving Grounds, and on the Route 66 road course. While the car is being sold on a bill of sale only and can’t be registered for street driving, it will be listed on the Shelby American Registry.
Here’s the full description for this one of a kind 2013 Shelby GT500 from the Barrett-Jackson website:
This Shelby GT500 Durability Car is a rare piece of muscle car history, and is the car that the SVT team and Carroll Shelby signed off at the racetrack. It is the genesis and inspiration for today’s Shelby GT500 production Mustangs that are available at Ford dealerships nationwide. “I’m really proud to have my name on this car that you guys [Ford SVT Team] have put together working with my dreams of what I think a car should be. And you made it that and more,” said Carroll Shelby. This Shelby GT500 Durability Car was designed and engineered by the Ford SVT team working together with Carroll Shelby. Ford SVT assembled much of this GT500 Durability by hand and then tested it on Sebring International Raceway, the High-speed Oval track at the Arizona Proving Ground, as well as the Route 66 road course, among others. It was personally piloted by Carroll Shelby during many hours of its testing. As a result of its testing, this Durability Car allowed the production GT500 to feature a 5.8L supercharged aluminum-block V8 engine cranks out 650hp and 600 lb/ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful cars ever built. Handling is world-class with a TORSEN limited-slip differential, carbon fiber one-piece drive shaft, front and rear Bilstein adjustable dampers, performance-tuned front and rear springs and front and rear stabilizer bars. The car stops on a dime with 6-piston Brembo front brake calipers, ABS Ventilated 4-wheel disc brakes and Electronic brake distribution. This vehicle is sold on a bill of sale; it cannot be titled and will be registered in the Official Shelby American Registry.
Source: Mustangs Daily
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