2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale (Shelby and Mustangs Announcement)

1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback
1966 Shelby GT350 © Barrett-Jackson

Barrett-Jackson’s Scottsdale 2017 classic car auction will include highly desirably vintage Shelby Mustangs including Jimmy Connors’ convertible. Also on offer is a 1966 Shelby GT350 that was raced to victories in the Caminos del Inca rallies by Teodoro Yagali. A further highlight at the auction will be a 1965 Shelby GT350, which features a complete Paxton Supercharger that is fitted to the original motor

Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017 Sale

Barrett-Jackson, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions®, returns to Scottsdale for its 46th annual Arizona collectors car sale from January 14-22, 2017. This year, the auction will be held at the WestWorld of Scottsdale in Arizona.

In 2016, Barrett-Jackson grossed $105 million and offered 1,469 cars for sale.

Vintage Shelby Mustangs at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale 2017

The January 2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale collector car auction will feature several highly desirable vintage Shelby Mustangs.

“The Ford Mustang has become one of the most desirable American muscle cars in history,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-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.”

1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback

1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback
1966 Shelby GT350 © Barrett-Jackson

Included in the Barrett-Jackson Scottdale 2017 docket is a 1966 Shelby GT350 (Lot #1324) originally shipped to Lima, Peru, where Teodoro Yagali piloted the car to wins during the 1972 and 1973 Caminos del Inca rallies.

This beautifully restored Mustang was shipped to Lima, Peru, in 1966. A few years later, Teodoro Yagali raced the car to two victories in the 3,000-kilometer Caminos del Inca rallies in 1972 and 1973. The car returned to the U.S. in 2002, when it underwent a complete restoration that maintained its racing colors and patina. In 2015 it was restored to its original color and factory specs.

1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible

1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible (Lot #1368)
1968 Shelby GT500KR © Barrett-Jackson

The 1968 Shelby GT500KR convertible (Lot #1368) has only 47,000 miles and is listed in the Shelby Registry. It was purchased by tennis great Jimmy Connors, who gave it to his wife, 1977 Playboy Playmate of the Year Patti McGuire. The multi-award-winning car – which is one of only 47 GT500KR convertibles in its color combination of Special Yellow over black – was completely restored in 2013.

“The Ford Mustang has a special place in the hearts of both American muscle car enthusiasts and collectors,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “From the Mustang’s early SCCA championship titles to today’s Formula Drift competitions, the Mustang has proven itself equally on the track as it has on the road. Mustang enthusiasts will certainly have something to look forward to in Scottsdale.”

1965 Shelby GT350

1965 Shelby GT350 (Lot #1365)
1965 Shelby GT350 © Barrett-Jackson

Another notable Mustang at the Scottsdale auction is a 1965 Shelby GT350 (Lot #1365) that has all of the 1965 Shelby parts intact. It also features a complete Paxton Supercharger conversion, direct from Shelby American, which was fitted to the original motor. A restoration in the late 1990s returned the car cosmetically and mechanically to like-new.

Also included is a rare 1968 Shelby GT350-H Fastback (Lot #1068). This Hertz-edition Mustang is one of 224 built with matching numbers and has only 400 miles since its full restoration in 2011.

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