Collectie van Carroll Shelby naar de veiling

Wijlen Carroll Shelby bouwde niet alleen legendarische auto's, hij verzamelde ook bijzondere exemplaren. Naast eigen werk, ook ander automotive heritage. Een deel van de collectie wordt binnenkort geveild in het chique Greenwich, bij New York.
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Maar liefst vierentwintig auto's uit de privéverzameling van autolegende Carroll Shelby gaan binnenkort van de hand bij de veilers van Bonham's. Het veilinghuis gebruikt de vangst om collectioneurs op te roepen daar toch vooral ook hun auto te veilen (en er meteen een (paar) bij te kopen.

Onder de vierentwintig geveilde auto's bevinden zich een paar bijzondere machines. Denk aan de 1969 Shelby GT 500, die Carroll pas later terugkocht van auto-enthousiast en acteur Jackie Cooper Jr., maar ook wagens waarvan Shelby meteen doorhad dat ze bijzonder waren waardoor hij chassisnummer #1 zelf hield: Shelby 1 Series uit 1999. 

Verder zitten er een paar Cobra's tussen van wat nieuwer bouwjaar, zoals de CSX 8000 uit 2011. Uit 1982 komt de Dodge Shelby Charger Prototype die aan de basis stond van een jarenlange samenwerking tussen Shelby en Dodge: het resultaat van die partnerschap is de legendarische Dodge Viper.

Een klassiekerveiling zou geen veiling zijn als de naam Steve McQueen niet gedropt wordt. Bonham's heeft een link met de King of Cool gevonden in de Chrysler Airflow Sedan uit 1935. Carroll Shelby zou die auto hebben overgenomen van de acteur.

Wie bij de veiling wil zijn heeft nog genoeg tijd om een vliegticket richting New York te boeken: het hamergeweld speelt zich op zondag 3 juni af. Het goede nieuws is dat de auto's sowieso van de hand gaan, omdat ze zonder minimumprijs geveild worden.

  • 1927 Ford Model T 
  • 1931 Ford Model A 
  • 1935 Chrysler Airflow Sedan (Believed to have been acquired from Steve McQueen)
  • 1955 DeSoto Hard Top (Hemi engine)
  • 1966 Shelby GT350 Convertible (Believed to be the 1st of 12 continuation cars)
  • 1967 Lincoln Continental Convertible (Believed to be the last Continental Convertible produced, gifted to Shelby)
  • 1968 Shelby GT350 
  • 1969 Shelby GT 500 (Acquired from Jackie Cooper)
  • 1969 Shelby GT 500 
  • 1982 Shelby Charger Prototype (First venture between Chrysler and Shelby)
  • 1983 DeTomaso Pantera 
  • 1983 Dodge/Shelby Pickup Concept (Dodge/Shelby concept styling exercise)
  • 1987 DeTomaso GT5-S (Used as the test bed for Viper power plants)
  • 1987 Dodge CSX (“001")
  • 1987 Shelby Charger GLH-S (“001")
  • 1987 Dodge Shelby Lancer (“001”)
  • 1988 Dodge Shelby Dakota (“Prototype")
  • 1989 Dodge CSX VNT (“001")
  • 1965 Shelby Cobra 427 Continuation (CSX4194 Gifted to Playmate of the year Heather Kozar in 1999 – Purchased back by Shelby)
  • 1999 Shelby Series 1(“001” fitted with prototype supercharger that would later become an option)
  • 2008 Shelby GT 500 KR (Special CSM number which is Shelby’s birthday – Gifted to him)
  • 2011 Shelby GT 500 Super Snake
  • Aurora Race Car 

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