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by Jay Traugott
One of the loweset-mileage original 1967 Shelby GT500s is heading to the auction block in a few weeks.
There are still many original Shelby GT500s in existence today, but even in this highly sought-after company, this one is quite special. Set to hit the auction block early next month at the Barrett-Jackson event in Scottsdale, Arizona, is this 1967 Shelby GT500. What makes it special is that it's one of the lowest-mileage original '67 Shelby GT500s in the world, with just 9,841 miles on the clock. It's currently owned by a guy named Steve Becker, who just happens to be an expert on circa 1965-70 Shelby Mustangs.
As one can expect, Becker claims the car is one of his most prized possessions and was "one of the first GT500s ever produced by Shelby American." With its fastback body style, Nightmist Blue exterior and black interior, this GT500 is powered by a 428-cubic-inch V8 with 4 dual-barrel carburetors and mated to a four-speed manual transmission. It still has its original paint, wheels, tires and drivetrain. The car's first owner bought it specifically for drag racing, but ended up storing the car in his basement for 30 years after a serious injury and rising fuel prices forced him to retire from the sport. Becker is the second owner, and someone is about to be its third.