Bonhams has been selected by the estate of Carroll Shelby to offer the cars for sale from the personal collection of the late racer and designer with no reserve at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance in Greenwich, Connecticut on June 3.
The selection of 23 cars represents Shelby's association with both Ford and Mopar over the decades as well as his personal interests will cross the block at the Greenwich Concours d'Elegance Auction. The auction boasts of many highlights including a 1969 Shelby GT 500 that the late racer and designer acquired from Academy Award nominated actor and fellow car enthusiast Jackie Cooper Jr., chassis 0001 of Carroll's own 1999 Shelby 1 Series, and a 1965 Shelby 427 Cobra Continuation that was his personal example of his CSX 4000-series of modern Cobras.
“Additional highlights include a 1935 Chrysler Airflow Sedan that is understood to have been acquired from Steve McQueen, and the 1982 Dodge Shelby Charger Prototype, which is the first collaboration between Shelby and Dodge – a famous relationship that would lead to the Viper,” says the auction house.
The auction quotes Eric Minoff, Bonhams Head of Sale for Greenwich, "We're honored to have been chosen to represent the legendary cars of the legendary man." Michael Caimano, Bonhams Motoring Specialist says, "Carroll Shelby is synonymous with American racing and performance vehicles and his contribution to the motoring world is priceless. What a privilege it is to represent many of his personal cars."
“Quite a few racer-owned cars have gone under hammer before, including a 1966 Shelby G350H Fastback that was sold by Bonhams for $253,000 in Scottsdale, Ariz., in January. However, this is the largest group to be offered comprising 23 cars which represent about 90 percent of his personal collection, according to Michael Caimano, a Bonhams motor cars specialist. All are consigned without reserve and come with a certificate of authenticity from the Shelby estate,” adds the auction house.
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