1969 Shelby GT500

Mecum Houston 2020
Thursday, 3 December - Saturday, 5 December 2020
Not sold at a high bid of
Lot Number
Unrestored original
Mecum Auctions
Auction House
Chassis no. 9F2R480748. Candy Apple Red with a black hood and gold side stripes over black vinyl. 428-cid, 335hp, 4-speed, 3.50 Traction-Lok, power steering, power brakes, Shelby wheels, Radial T/A tires, rear window seats, pushbutton radio, Marti Report.

Evaluation: Sold new in New York. Original paint is cracking and crazing in spots but it isn’t coming up anywhere. Dull chrome and brightwork, but only light pitting on the door handles. Very good engine bay hasn’t been restored but has clearly received some attention, with recent hoses and wires plus a brand new air filter. Clean chassis. Excellent original interior. A remarkably well kept Shelby, arguably far too good to restore now.

Bottom Line: There were three 1969 Shelby GT500 SportsRoofs on offer in Houston this year—a lightly aged older restoration with an automatic sold for $84,700, a freshly restored 4-speed car sold for $104,500, and this car. After hammering not sold at a $110,000 high bid at Mecum Las Vegas last month, the bidders in Houston gave it an even heftier premium for its impressive level of preservation. It could have sold for the price on offer in Vegas. Refusing a bid of 20 grand more is entirely unreasonable.

by Andrew Newton
17 December 2020
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Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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