Shelby GT-350 Widebody #001 to sell at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas

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Shelby American will be playing at this year’s Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas Collector Car Auction with a special sale of their own. A very special Serial #1 2012 Shelby GT350 wide body convertible will sell on Saturday.

One of the first wide-body cars, the blue and white GT350 (Lot #750). This car has all the options including a Whipple supercharged and well dressed up 5.0 liter V8 with some 624 horsepower that is 50 state legal.

The widened fenders make room for steamroller sized 20” wheels with 275 front and 345 rear section tires, putting down that power a bit more gracefully than stock rubber. Faster 3.73 gears and Borla exhaust, Wilwood brakes and a dropped down suspension tighten things up for max power control.

“The Shelby GT350 is among the world’s most collectible modern muscle cars,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “Historically, the first car per model year was built for Carroll Shelby’s personal collection. He was especially keen to own a convertible built during Shelby American’s 50th anniversary. This very special Shelby GT350 wide body is set to cross the block in our hometown during Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas. So we’re giving someone the chance to own this special piece of American history, just months before production of the legendary Shelby GT350 will end.”

As this car has been carefully kept by Shelby American, it is expected to offer up a clean sheet opportunity for a bidder. The car is virtually new with few miles and comes with a healthy pedigree.

“We carefully documented the build of this car,” said Shelby American Vice President of Production Gary Davis. “Carroll was very excited about the new wide body option, so that was included on this car. It’s the first 2012 GT350 serial number from our anniversary year. It is a very special car.”

The 2014 model year is the last for the Shelby American GT350 production as rumor has it that Ford will take up the mantle on their on in coming years. Shelby says production will continue on all existing models, including the Shelby GTS, GT500 Super Snake, Shelby 1000, Shelby Raptor muscle truck and hot hatch Shelby Focus ST.

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