Can you place a price on a one-off Black Hornet Mustang owned by Carroll Shelby himself? Of course you can.
Classic American muscle cars, once the opium of the power-hungry masses are now reserved for those with deep pockets, with most restored classics trading for the same price as modern luxury cars. Those who own and collect these cars will tell you that you can't put a price on American heritage, but a recent post on the Classic Car Network proves otherwise. A 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 EXP500 CSS, better known as the Black Hornet has been listed for sale. Why is this car so special that it deserves its own news piece you ask? Well, this car was once owned by the man himself; Carroll Shelby.
When Shelby passed away, the car was bought by well-known car fanatics Craig Jackson and Steve Davis of Barrett-Jackson fame. it was since displayed at the 2008 SEMA show as well as the prestigious new Mustang museum in Concord, North Carolina, and there's even a die-cast model of the car thanks to a collaboration between Restoration Hardware and the team over at Shelby.
For a car that's over half a century old, the Black Hornet has seen very little of the open road: when Shelby was the owner, he managed to put a whole 273 miles on the car, which has now grown to a monumental 558 miles. The new owner of this piece of American history will receive the original title signed by Shelby, and just to sweeten the deal, the dash has been signed by him as well.
What some might not know, is that the Black Hornet was built in order to raise funds for charity; back in 2008, Mr. Shelby ordered the construction of this special edition car to raise awareness and funds for the Shelby Children's Charity. The Black Hornet, a near mirror image of the famous Green Hornet was finished off in Stetson Black and shunned modern-day fuel injection in favor of an old-school carb setup.
These days even a run of the mill (if you could call it that) GT500 will set you back a fair amount of money, but the Black Hornet plays in a different class, with the expected selling price edging close to $900,000. It would seem then that when it comes to American muscle car history, there's always a right price.