Carroll Shelby’s 24-car collection set for Bonhams auction

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A 1969 Shelby GT 500 will be among the Shelby collection cars at auction | Bonhams photos

The magical name of Carroll Shelby goes to Greenwich, Connecticut, when Bonhams auctions two dozen special automobiles from the collection of the late racer, team owner and sports car builder on June 3 during the Greenwich Concours d’Elegance.

The 24 cars, representing Shelby’s association over the decades with Ford and Mopar, have been consigned to the Bonhams auction by his estate.

Cobra 8000 Series was Carroll Shelby’s personal car

Highlights of the collection include a 1969 Shelby GT 500 that Shelby acquired from Academy Award-nominated actor and fellow car enthusiast Jackie Cooper Jr., chassis No. 0001 of the 1999 Shelby 1 Series, and a 2011 Shelby Cobra CSX 8027 that was his personal example of the CSX 8000-series of modern Cobras.

Also included are a 1935 Chrysler Airflow sedan, thought to have been acquired from Steve McQueen, and the 1982 Dodge Shelby Charger prototype, which was the first collaboration between Shelby and Dodge, and which would lead to the Viper roadster.

Chrysler Airflow said to have been Stave McQueen’s

“We’re honored to have been chosen to represent the legendary cars of the legendary man,” Eric Minoff, Bonhams head of sale for Greenwich, said in a news release.

The 11th annual Bonhams auction in Greenwich is held in conjunction with the Greenwich Concours. The 2017 edition of the auction realized a very strong 92 percent sell-through rate.

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For information about the Greenwich sale, visit Bonhams’ website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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