In 1964, a groundbreaking new muscle car would go on to international fame after breaking 186 miles an hour on a British motorway. The car was the Shelby Daytona AC Cobra Coupe, designed by legendary driver and auto designer Carroll Shelby.
Today, 52 years later, a Carroll Shelby Mustang GT350, a vehicle that was used in Shelby's driving school, is up for sale for only $1.2 million.
"People don't buy a car for what the sheet metal looks like," said Mark Logan, an expert on Shelby vehicles. "They're buying the story behind the car. That's the appealing part of this one: why it was used, where it was used and who drove it. And the fact that it was one of the three that Carroll had at the driving school."
The Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving, America's first ever racing school, featured this very $1 million Mustang. After winning Sports Illustrated's "Driver of the Year" award in 1957 and 1957, Shelby, alongside partner and friend Pete Brock, opened the Goodyear Racing Tire Distributorship that evolved into his own high performance driving school.
According to Classic Cars, Shelby ran his revolutionary driving school at Riverside International Raceway in California, where he taught movie stars, fashion models, future racing stars, and regular car enthusiasts how to drive like the best.
"This particular car was used to teach people how to drive a race car," Logan added, referring to the newly for sale Shelby Mustang. "There were a lot of stars back in the day that spent time behind the wheel of this one. Jim Garner was one of the people who learned to drive in the car, among others."
To the untrained eye, or someone who isn't exactly a car enthusiast, the car isn't worth as much as its price tag. But to the vintage Shelby collector, or a vehicle lover who has a soft spot for historically significant racecars, this Shelby is a gold mine.
For most people, however, spending over $1 million on a vehicle just isn't feasible. The best alternative? Purchase an identical Shelby Cobra car kit.
These Shelby Cobra kits are great for Shelby lovers who are more realistic about their spending habits. Of course, if you have a few million dollars sitting around, definitely go for it. For everyone else, there's the Shelby Cobra car kit.
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