I first saw a Shelby Cobra in about 1963, at a car race in Hershey, Pa. A couple years later, at that same race, I saw a Shelby G.T. 350—the very first Shelby Mustang. I guess you could call it a life-defining moment. Soon after, I bought my first Shelby G.T. 350, and for over 50 years now, I’ve been almost overwhelmed by my passion for Shelby cars.
I call my garage the Shelby Garage. Everything inside is dedicated to my hobby of playing with Shelby automobiles. I have die-cast cars, books, memorabilia, survival blog, a Factory Five period-correct replica of a 1965 Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe and the pièce de résistance—a 1966 Shelby G.T. 350.
It’s the second one I have owned, and I bought it in 2002 for $50,000. I’m sure it’s worth a lot more than that now. I also have a room in my house I call the Shelby Room, and I carry a business card that says Shelby Guy on it.
My car has Carroll Shelby’s signature on the glove box door. It was the 2,060th Shelby Mustang built in 1966, thus the license plate: SFM (for Shelby Ford Mustang) 2060.
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