Carroll Shelby was a heart transplant recipient and an outspoken advocate for organ donation. Acutely aware of the cost of surgery and the lengthy, nerve-wracking process of waiting on the recipient list, he started a fund in 1991 that helps children worldwide fight life-threatening illnesses. The Carroll Shelby Foundation ensures that Carroll’s legacy lives on by providing financial assistance for patients and sponsoring medical research.
Much of the funding for the Carroll Shelby Foundation comes from donations, including several notable vehicles from Shelby’s history. The latest to hit the auction block in the name of their charity is a 2007 Ford Shelby GT convertible prototype that will be featured at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale. Personally driven by Carroll Shelby for promotional photos, this is the first Shelby-built retail convertible since 1970. Based on a 2007 model, this car was the prototype for the 2008 Shelby convertibles that would follow.
As with production 2008 Shelby Mustang GT convertibles, this special car is equipped with a Hurst short-throw shifter, sport suspension, 18-inch wheels, and engine enhancements from Ford Racing. Output is 319 horsepower and 330 lb-ft of torque, versus the GT’s 300 hp and 320 lb-ft.
The Shelby is scheduled to cross the Barrett-Jackson stage on Friday, January 19 between 1:30 and 3:30.