Shelby GT500 durability car to be auctioned off at Barrett-JacksonFri, 20 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0800
Carroll Shelby will have his name all over the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction in Arizona this weekend. In addition to the anniversary edition Shelby Cobra being displayed for the first time, a 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 durability car will be auctioned.
The sale will raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Ford's president of the Americas, Mark Fields, will be on the auction stage to get things rolling. All of it will be televised live on the Speed Channel.
The durability car was built in 2007 with one of the first 2010 bodies. It was piloted by Shelby during testing at Sebring International Raceway. The prototype was run for 24 hours at top speeds of 150 mph to make sure everything works properly, even in race conditions.
Now, few of us want a car that's been beaten up on a racetrack. Luckily, the used engine was removed for inspection, and a new one was installed.
The car comes with a full roll cage, six-point harness seatbelts and Recaro seats that were donated. As a bonus, the testing team--including Shelby--has signed the car under the trunk lid.
“I raced on the Sebring International racetrack for many years, but my ambition was always to build my own car,” said Shelby. “It was exciting to be back to collaborate on this GT500 durability car with the SVT guys. I'm really proud to have my name on this car.”
By Jake Lingeman