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Jul 10

Shelby American to auction #1 Shelby GT at Reno

In a world where cars are given special editions and special serial numbers just to be special no one leads the world in hype like Barrett Jackson. Over the years they’ve auctioned off number 1 Vettes, Camaros, Mustangs, and even some crap from Brett Michaels. All in the name of special. I get it, in America from the time we are born to the time we die we are told we are special. You know just like everyone else. We are told to be an individual, to be ourselves, to be unique. Just like everyone else. The car world is not exempt from “special.” Especially the Ford Mustang.
Barrett Jackson Edition GT
Barrett-Jackson and Shelby American have teamed up to have their own “special” Mustang. The Barrett Jackson edition. Which Barrett-Jackson will of course auction the first one off at their Reno, Nevada auction. I’m not knocking Barrett-Jackson here, their auctions are car guy paradise and I’m really not knocking Shelby either. Although I’m not sure having a Shelby in the post Carroll Shelby era is all that big of a deal. I guess what I’m knocking is this need to have a special edition every thing. They are going to make 100 of these special edition Barrett-Jackson Shelby American Ford Mustangs. That’s going to have to be one hell of a big badge to fit all that on the trunk. So they will sell 100 of them before they even make them. Then there will be 100 very capable Mustangs that never get driven. That drives me nuts. They will get stored away in some guys garage never to see the light of day again because they are “collectible.”

I’ll get off my soapbox now. More info from Shelby American about the Barrett-Jackson edition after the jump.

Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. (CSBI:PK), will auction serial #1 of the Barrett-Jackson Edition Shelby GT at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Reno-Tahoe auction, taking place from July 31 – Aug 2 in Reno, Nevada. The convertible muscle car, clad in black with red stripes, is slated to be sold before an international audience on Aug. 1 (Lot #725). This 2008 model year program was created by Shelby American, Barrett-Jackson and Ford Motor Company; production was limited to 100 badged and serial numbered cars.

“This convertible was the first prototype for the Barrett-Jackson series Ford Shelby GT,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American and co-CEO of Shelby International, Inc. “This unique GT is a celebration of the collaborative endeavors between Shelby American, Barrett-Jackson and Ford Motor Company. We’re especially excited about auctioning serial #1 at the very auction that inspired its creation.”

The Barrett-Jackson edition Ford Shelby GT comes equipped with a “small block” 4.6 liter Ford Mustang GT engine that is enhanced to 319HP with 330 lb. per feet of torque. The car also includes an upgraded suspension, featuring special springs, dampers, sway bars and 3.55 to 1 gear ratio rear end. Additionally, this model features a Hurst shifter, hood scoop, hood pins, side scoops, special badging, a billet grill with Mustang pony, light bars on the convertibles and a Shaker 1000 stereo system.

“The 100 Shelby GT Barrett-Jackson Mustangs were the only GT’s offered in all black with red stripes in the 2008 model year,” said Shelby American Executive Vice President of Operations Gary Davis. “This particular car is the first of only 10 convertibles with a manual transmission. It’s a rare, exceptional muscle car for the true collector and enthusiast.”

The Barrett-Jackson edition Ford Shelby GT cars are the most exclusive limited production Shelby cars built to date. Available in both coupe and convertible body styles, the 2008 Barrett-Jackson Shelby GTs were sold through Arizona Region Ford dealers. The purchase price of each car included a $250 donation to the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation.