Caroll Shelby was a man known world over for bringing fast to already-fast cars. His legacy is a long one that carried his name endowed over the bodywork of many performance cars. Now, in a way to celebrate the man and the cars of Caroll Shelby RM Sotheby’s is bringing a number of his iconic machines to its auctions this year and a small look at the cars being offered is enough to tell you that RM Sotheby’s has hit a jackpot with them.
Coming back to the Car of Caroll Shelby at RM Sotheby’s, the famous auction house will be bringing as many as 12 of his personal automobiles for sale. Starting from humble beginnings Caroll Shelby embodied the American dream as he worked his way up to become the most iconic American Racers of all time. It was his victory at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans that shot him into the fame he always deserved, it was the win that legitimised Caroll Shelby as a force to reckon with and paved way for him to enter into the world of automotive manufacturing. What followed was an illustrious career as a constructor of racing machines that were design for the sole purpose of winning whenever and whatever they raced. In fact Caroll Shelby’s career as a constructor was as significant as his achievements on the race track.
Ferrari 750 Monza
The 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza you see in these pictures was among the early race cars of Carol Shelby. Shelby along with Phil Hill drove this 0510M to a second place finish at Sebring. This Ferrari 750 Monza which he piloted was fitted with a three-litre version of the Ferrari 500 Mondial engine with a maximum power output of 250 bhp with a featherlight weight of just 760 kg. This car has been under single ownership for more than 60 years and is now coming to the RM Sotheby’s Monterey Auction on August 19-20 and is expected to fetch anywhere around $5,500,000 at the auction. Interestingly this car as been painted back in to the same livery in which Caroll Shelby drove the car in 1955. For more about this particular Ferrari 750 Monza that Shelby drove, you can read our story – Fierce Italian – 1955 Ferrari 750 Monza Spider.
All American Racing
During the 60’s, Shelby continued to rake achievements in the world of racing with the AAR Team or the All American Racing Team. This team was started by the legends of the likes of Dan Gurney along with Shelby himself. The cars with AAR had been known as the “Gurney Eagles” and they proved to be fairly successful bringing the team many great results in motorsport. RM Sotheby’s is offering three of these “Gurney Eagles” at their Monterey Auction scheduled for this August 19-20, 2016.
Probably the greatest contribution of Carol Shelby to the world of automobile was none other than the iconic and the legendary Ford GT40. Shelby helped Ford develop a truly incredible machine that was created with the sole purpose of breaking Ferrari’s winning streak at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. To celebrate Caroll Shelby’s legacy, RM Sotheby’s will be bringing two examples of the famed Ford GT40 at its Monterey Auction, of which one is a road-going version, the 1966 Ford GT40 Mk 1 and the other is a one prepared for competitions, the 1966 Ford GT40 Mk 1- Race Spec.
Shelby Cobra CSX2000
Who hasn’t heard about the legend of the Shelby Cobra? In fact the Cobra has to be among one of the most highly recognisable muscle cars till date. One of these cars – the CSX2000 has the honour of being the first ever Cobra to be produced… and if that is not all, this is the same car that Caroll Shelby used as his personal car throughout his whole life. Now this car is being offered at RM Sotheby’s from the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust at the August Monterey auction.
Shelby 427 Cobra
Yet another Cobra from the personal garage of Caroll Shelby that comes to this year’s August Monterey Auction is the 427 Cobra. This bold red 427 Cobra automatic is the very first car of its kind to be offered in an auction and comes from the Carroll Shelby Foundation. In its most powerful iteration, the 427 Cobra makes 385 bhp of power from its 4428 cubic inch V8 plonked under the bonnet.
Modified Mustangs and others
After tasting success with the Cobra, the Mustang caught Caroll Shelby’s eye as a very potential platform to experiment and tune with. He christened his Mustangs as the GT350 which went on to become instant hits that everyone wanted. Two of the Mustangs, a GT350 and a GT350R are coming to the Monterey Auction this August.
Later in his career, Shelby developed more road cars, both for Ford, his own company, and even Dodge. The Shelby Series 1 and the Dodge Shelby Omni GLHS will both be available as part of this year’s celebration of all things Carroll Shelby at RM Sotheby’s making Monterey a truly Caroll Shelby centric event.