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First retail 2015 Mustang could make the record books

Fri, 17 Jan 2014

Barrett-Jackson will play host to what could be one of the most valuable Mustangs ever to be sold at auction. The event takes place in Scottsdale, Ariz., and guests can start placing bids Saturday.

The 2015 Mustang hits showrooms this fall and has been causing quite a stir among car enthusiasts. It comes as no surprise that it could pull in record high bids at the annual auction event. The Mustang could join the likes of the first 2012 Ford Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca, the 2009 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet prototype and the first of 1,000 2008 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KRs.

The exclusive list of high-roller Mustangs comes to a grand total of almost $7.6 million, with almost $2 million going toward nonprofit groups. Let's take a look at which 'Stangs made the list.

The first is the 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Fastback. It hit the auction block in May 2013, topping out at a $1.3 million bid, making it the most valuable Mustang ever to be sold at auction.

Taking the second spot is the 1967 Ford Mustang Eleanor fastback coupe from the movie “Gone in 60 Seconds.” This '67 'Stang had a $1.07 million price tag, and it has been the inspiration for dozens of replicas.

Coming in third is the 1965 Ford Shelby GTR350R fastback. This particular car was one of only 34 race-prepared versions of the model and went for $990,000 back in August 2012. The Mustang racked up 4,900 miles in its short-lived competition career.

A 1969 Ford Shelby GT500 convertible is good for the fourth place spot, eventually selling for $742,000 at a Barrett-Jackson event in August 2008. This Mustang was owned by Carroll Shelby himself and was one of two 1960s-era cars that Shelby dubbed great enough to own as a personal car.

The fifth spot goes to a 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Mustang coupe No. 001. This was the very first production unit of the 2007 Shelby GT500 model. At the time, it was the fastest production Mustang to date, making 500 hp and 450 lb-ft of torque. That explains the $648,000 price.

The 1960s-era Mustang trend continues with a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Sportsroof coupe, good for $605,000. It's one of the initial batch of 50 Mustangs built with the rare 820-S NASCAR stock-car race engine.

A 2007 Ford Shelby GT Mustang Couple slides into the seventh spot with its $600,000 top bid. This particular Mustang was based on the limited-edition Shelby GT-H that Ford and Shelby built for Hertz in 2006. This particular model featured a five-speed manual transmission rather than the traditional automatic transmissions that went into the rental cars. Proceeds for this car went to benefit the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation.

The eighth, ninth and tenth spots went to the 2008 For Mustang Shelby GT500KR coupe selling for $550,000; a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 Sportsroof coupe, also selling for $550,000; and, finally, the 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Supercharged fastback going for a whopping $528,000.

So where will the 2015 Mustang GT fall on this extravagant scale? Make your way back to Autoweek on Monday to see the results.

By Natalie Sejnost