Money does buy happiness...and Shelbys.
Things like this don’t happen all that often, and when they do serious collectors are willing to shell out huge amounts of money to get what they want. Meet Joe McMurrey, a longtime Carroll Shelby fan and car collector. His collection doesn’t consist of just a few cars or cheap replicas. No, McMurrey has one of the finest Shelby collections in the world, and next month several of his Shelbys are heading to Mecum’s Spring Classic auction in Indianapolis. Which Shelbys are for sale?
Two standouts include a 1965 Shelby GT350 and a ’67 Cobra 427 roadster with only 20,000 original miles. Other cars include a ’67 Shelby GT350 with a Paxton supercharger, a ’68 GT500 KR, a ’70 Ford Boss 302 Kar Kraft Trans Am racer, an ’86 Dodge Shelby GLHS, and even a ’99 Shelby Series 1 Roadster.
McMurrey is also selling off a few of his cars that aren’t Shelbys, such as a ’63 Corvette Z06 split-window coupe. Why would he own that? Because it competed against Carroll Shelby. So why is McMurrey selling all of these awesome cars? Because he feels that it’s for them to be enjoyed by other enthusiasts, which is exactly what Jerry Seinfeld said regarding the Porsche’s he auctioned off earlier this year. McMurrey sees himself as merely a caretaker for these cars, and there comes a time to pass them down to new owners. Anyone interested in making a bid or just checking the show out, the auction will take place on May 20.