It's spent its entire life in the Great White North.
There's something kind of unusual about this 1969 Shelby GT500 Fastback, but you'd never know that just by looking at it. Numerically, it is number 500 out of 1,402 1969 Shelby GT500s. Power comes from the standard 428 cu. in. V8 Ram Air Cobra Jet engine with 335 hp. It was painted Silver Jade Metallic, an unusual color for that model year, but that's not the most interesting thing about it. No, it's the fact that this Shelby GT500 has never before been sold in the US, until now.
Set to go up for auction later this month at Mecum Auction's Las Vegas event, this '69 Shelby GT500 was delivered to a dealership in Canada back in 1968 and was quickly sold to its original Canadian owner. Now it's looking for a second owner and chances are that individual resides in the US. Mecum claims it's in exceptional condition with only 48,000 original miles. The Shelby Mustangs differed in many ways from the regular Mustangs of the time aside from what was under the hood. For example, the '69 Shelby featured a fiberglass nose, functional NACA ducts in the hood, upper and lower side scoops, and a duck-tailed rear end with sequential Thunderbird taillights.
There's also a center-mounted exhaust port. Inside there's a roll bar and a 140 mph speedometer with a console-mounted gauge pod. The buyer will also inherit the original purchase order, billing invoice from Shelby, the original order form from the Canadian dealer, and all restoration photos. Original and well restored Shelby GT500s have been increasing in value, so based on previous examples sold, this one will likely go for somewhere between $150,000 and $200,000. Photos courtesy of Mecum Auctions.