This legendary 1970 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will cross the Mecum auction block with an estimate of $80,000-$100,000.
When you think of American muscle, you think of none other than the Ford Mustang (...or the Chevrolet Camaro, or the Dodge Challenger). Muscle and the Mustang been virtually synonymous since the car's introduction in 1965, but it wasn’t until later in that same year that newly-introduced pony car would get some serious performance chops. A man by the name of Carroll Shelby would put his special touch on the legendary muscle coupe, and the rest… well, you know the story.
In 1970, fresh off of five years of success, Shelby and Ford would introduce their most potent Mustang iteration to date. The 1970 Shelby GT350 Fastback would be the last of its kind, pending stricter U.S. environmental laws, Ford was required to end production of its legendary race car for the road or otherwise face some serious fines.
Just 789 examples of the GT350 were produced for the 1970 model year. Nearly all of the 1970 examples were essentially leftover from the 1969 model year, and were given new VIN numbers under the strict supervision of the FBI. That "last-of-its-kind" detail makes it a more-than-desirable piece among collectors.
One of the last of the last produced, this particularly rare example is coming up for auction between November 2 and 5. It will be part of the 2016 Mecum Dallas sale, and features details like its original factory invoice, Shelby order forms, buck tag, and Marti Report, just to name a few.
The design features a handsome Wimbledon White exterior finish with black and grey side striping and a Black Deluxe Shelby leather interior with red carpeting and wood accents. Period-correct 15x7-inch Shelby Mag wheels can also be found, as well as a factory original front chin spoiler and a pair of hood stripes exclusive to the 1970 model year.
The engine has been given a full restoration and pairs with a four-speed Toploader transmission. Early estimates suggest it could go for anywhere between $80,000-$100,000 when it crosses the auction block next month.