Shelbys on the Block
Auction Upcoming During Food Lion AutoFair
Larry Jewett - March 27, 2013 12:32 PM
The April 4-7 Food Lion AutoFair at Charlotte Motor Speedway has something to entice every automotive enthusiast in the country, including a giant collector car auction, hosted by Dealer Auctions Inc., featuring a bevy of amazing and hard-to-find cars up for bid.
This spring, the collector car auction will be highlighted by three rare Shelby Ford Mustang Hertz-edition cars. Collectors will likely recognize these beautiful gold and black Mustangs as those that appeared in the Food Lion AutoFair Showcase Pavilion last fall as part of the Carroll Shelby Tribute display. All three cars will go on the block during the final day of the Collector Car Auction on April 6.
“I’ve enjoyed these cars for so many years,” said Greg Sullins, the owner of the three Shelby Mustangs. “Maybe it is time for them to move on to a new owner.”
The first car to go on the block will be the special 1966 Shelby GT350H fastback, which features a professional concours restoration. The car has 40,600 original miles and is documented in the Shelby World Registry along with its ownership history. “This particular car is one that was used in New York in its rental fleet back in the day,” Sullins said. “I’ve got the history of the car. It has had seven owners since 1966. It is an all-original car, no rust in it and no damage to it. It is iconic in terms of when you think of performance cars.”
Following the sale of the 1966 Shelby, a matching pair of Shelby GT-Hs Mustangs will hit the block as a single lot. The 40th anniversary 2006 Shelby GT-H Coupe #296 and its matching 2007 Shelby GT-H Convertible #296 are both well-documented, with information from Ford, Shelby and Hertz. Both cars are also a part of the Shelby World Registry. “The 2006 model was never available to the public [as a new car]. They only made 500 of the cars,” Sullins said. “That car came out of service with about 10,000 miles on it. I had that car, #296, and then I commenced research to find the matching convertible from 2007. Long story short, I tracked down the matching 2007 #296 in San Diego. I got it purchased immediately and had it shipped across the country here to Charlotte. I guess Hertz had forgotten about it, that particular car had been sitting in a lot out of service for about eight months. It had about 22,000 miles on it.”
The three Shelby Mustangs won’t be the only cars up for bid during the collector car auction. There are several other interesting rides that will be available for purchase, including a white 2011 Shelby GT350 45th anniversary edition Mustang, also owned by Greg Sullins. Only 159 of these rare GT350s were made in 2011 and this is the final car to come off the production line, CSM #159.
Another rare car available during the collector car auction is a 1956 Ford Thunderbird. A national show winner, this car is a frame-off restoration to concours standards and has the original owner’s manual and brochure.
Bidder registration will be Thursday, April 4 and everyone is welcome to come view all the cars that will be available during the auction. The auction will be located on the concourse and will get underway on Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m. and continue Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m., with the featured cars expected to begin rolling across the block beginning at 2 p.m.
The Food Lion AutoFair annually attracts more than 100,000 visitors, features nearly 50 car club displays and offers a surplus of automotive parts and memorabilia for sale or trade. In addition to the collector car auction, more than 1,500 collectible vehicles of all makes and models will be available for sale in the car corral that rings the 1.5-mile superspeedway.
Food Lion AutoFair Tickets are $10 for adults and free for children 13 and under. A four-day pass is available for $30. AutoFair is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For tickets or additional information about Food Lion AutoFair or other events at Charlotte Motor Speedway, call 1-800-455-FANS or visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.