Concept/Prototype Shelby Will Hit the Block at Barrett-Jackson

Jun 16, 2016

With Aaron Shelby, grandson of the legendary Carroll Shelby on stage, Barrett-Jackson will auction the 50th anniversary Shelby GT-H (CSM160001C) concept and prototype car for the Carroll Shelby Foundation at No Reserve during the inaugural Northeast Auction in Uncasville, Connecticut.

At approximately 5 p.m. EST on June 24, The World’s Greatest Collector Car Auctions will continue its tradition of raising money for charity by offering vehicles rarely available to the public. The Connecticut auction will feature a broad range of vintage, customs, supercars and late-model vehicles, according to a press release.

“Shelby and Barrett-Jackson have enjoyed a deep, strong relationship for decades,” said Aaron Shelby, co-president of the Carroll Shelby Foundation and board member of Carroll Shelby International. “Together we raised around $1.4 million over the past 10 years for the charity that my grandfather founded, unveiled new vehicles and even created an exclusive Barrett-Jackson edition Shelby GT in 2008. I’m pleased the Carroll Shelby Foundation will sell this very rare car, which served as both the concept and prototype for the 50th anniversary Ford Shelby GT-H. It’s the perfect time, place and partner for the sale.”

On March 21, 2016, Shelby American unveiled a special run of performance-modified Ford Mustang GTs named the Shelby GT-H. The car celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350-H “Rent-A-Racer,” when Carroll Shelby approached Hertz about putting customers in the driver’s seat of special-edition car.

For the 2016 Ford Shelby GT-H, Hertz purchased the V-8-powered Mustangs from Ford Motor Co. and the cars were then shipped to Shelby American. There, Shelby added extra performance and style then sent them to Hertz, which gave the public access to a unique driving experience.

The vehicle being auctioned has led a colorful existence. CSM160001C is both the concept and prototype car for the 2016 program. It is the vehicle in all promotional materials and photographs; visitors to the New York Auto Show were amazed to see it suspended on the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center wall.

“Barrett-Jackson has sold more concepts, prototypes and serial number 1 cars for automakers than any other auction house in the world,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “Car manufacturers bring these vehicles to Barrett-Jackson because we attract the most passionate, most dedicated collectors and enthusiasts in the world. Carroll Shelby was a close friend and a fixture at our events. We’re pleased to help raise money for Carroll’s charity by giving someone the opportunity to own this very special car.”

The inaugural Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun, June 23-25, will be broadcast live on Velocity and Discovery Channel. For more information on becoming a bidder, go to