Mustang Muscle

Cars and Parts in Australia


Ford’s introduction of the Mustang on April 17, 1964 created a huge wave of excitement, however, what the new Mustang did not have was a strong performance image. So Ford turned to their resident performance expert, Carroll Shelby, to create a Mustang that would be recognized as a sports car so that it could compete on SCCA sanctioned road courses across the United States; the result was the 1965 Shelby GT350 and numerous B Production wins and titles. By the time production of 1965 Shelby GT350’s ended in the summer of 1965, 521 Street Production Models and 34 Competition Production Models (aka R Models) had been produced.

Genuine Shelby GT 500?

Shannons Auctions have lodged papers with the Victorian County Court on behalf of well known Mustang enthusiast Ron Minogue. On the 10th Feb 2008 Ron purchased the 1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500 Fastback, of which only 1020 were built.

Ron was the winning telephone bidder at Shannons Auctions held at the Brisbane International Motor Show backĀ  in 2008.

The car in dispute is still featured on Shannons website of past auctions. Lot 19 , a candy apple red Shelby Mustang Gt 500 sold for $180,000 after spirited bidding.

The alleged 1968 Shelby Mustang

The alleged 1968 Shelby Mustang

The Shannons history write-upon the Mustang claims;

“Documented by the Shelby American Registry, this 1968 GT500 has build number 00635 and started life in Dearborn, Michigan as a Ford promotional vehicle. The car ended up in New York by the early 1970s and remained with the one owner until being sold to the present owner in 2005, whereupon it was imported into Australia.”

The seller was a car dealer from Queensland, now finds himself being sued.

Ron claims the car was a cheaper Mustang ‘mocked up’ to look like a Shelby Mustang, and has since spent $30,000 trying to authenticate the car and restoring what he claims was poor quality and incomplete original restoration, and “done to disguise the fact that this is not a genuine Shelby.”

Ron Minogue, father of pop singer Kylie, is a life member and executive committe member of the Mustang Owners Club of Victoria.

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