A 1969 Ford Shelby GT500 when owned by Carroll Shelby himself will cross the block at a Mecum auction taking spot in Kissimmee, Florida, from Jan. four-15.

Mecum did not give significantly detail on the car’s historical past, noting only that the Candyapple Red trip is presented with a Carroll Hall Shelby Believe in title and Shelby Certificate of Authenticity attesting to its pedigree. Actor and director Jackie Cooper also owned the Mustang at a single time, in accordance to the listing.

1969 Ford Shelby GT500 once owned by Carroll Shelby - Photo credit: Mecum

1969 Ford Shelby GT500 when owned by Carroll Shelby – Photograph credit score: Mecum

As opposed to the authentic Ford Shelby GT350, which was designed for SCCA racing, the 1969 GT500 was created solely as a street vehicle. Shelby’s partnership with Ford—which had developed the GT350, Cobra, and 24 Hrs of Le Mans victories with the GT40—was also waning at this level, so he did not have as significantly involvement with the advancement of the GT500.

Nevertheless, this was a potent muscle vehicle in its day thanks to its 428-cubic-inch Cobra Jet V-eight. The engine is coupled to a C6 three-pace automated transmission in this vehicle, but a four-pace guide was also accessible. A Traction-Lok constrained-slip differential completes the connection to the rear wheels.

1969 Ford Shelby GT500 once owned by Carroll Shelby - Photo credit: Mecum

1969 Ford Shelby GT500 when owned by Carroll Shelby – Photograph credit score: Mecum

The GT500 continued with this physique design for the 1970 model yr, following which Ford dropped it and parted techniques with Carroll Shelby. The Blue Oval revived the GT500 identify for the 2007 model yr with Shelby’s stamp of approval. Shelby died in 2012, but the GT500 continues right now in 760-hp type, with the late tuner’s Shelby American organization giving its very own modified version dubbed the Shelby GT500 Code Red.

Mecum did not publish a pre-auction estimate, but it really is well worth noting that Shelby owned a whole lot of autos. In truth, one more Shelby-owned 1969 GT500 was offered by the auction home in 2013, and a assortment of 23 of Shelby’s autos and trucks went underneath the hammer in 2018. The Shelby identify can draw huge bucks, even though. A 1966 Shelby 427 Cobra Super Snake previously owned by the guy offered for $five.five million at auction in 2021.