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Auction Ends on Carroll Shelby’s Super Snake With No Bids

Published May 28, 2015

It has 750 horsepower. It has 20 inch HRE wheels. It has a Ford racing suspension package. It has the name Carroll Shelby not only associated with it but written all over it.

So why did nobody even place a bid on it? Maybe it is the $125,000 opening bid…

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Potential bidders were required to pre-qualify for this specialized eBay auction. The hype was everywhere and there was no lack of interest in either the car or the auction. Highly publicized as the last vehicle build by Carroll Shelby before his passing, this car is the end of an era.

It’s built off a 2011 Mustang GT500. Super Snake is the moniker it receives. What went in is a 5.4 liter engine that receives a blower boosting the output to 750 horsies. There’s a billet short throw shifter to handle the 6-speed manual transmission. 20-inch HRE wheels with Falken racing tires provide traction and the Ford Racing handling package keeps the car firmly planted on the concrete. There’s a mere 2,000 miles on the odometer.

The auction, which closed May 26, included a limo pickup service, an official key-handoff at the Shelby Museum, a photo session with the car, and a full complement of shwag from Shelby. Proceeds of the auction were to be donated to the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation.

While not the cheapest automotive purchase, potential buyers would have received a balls-out car capable of more than most entry-level supercars in a similar price range.

So what was the deterrent? Was the auction “cheapened” by being an eBay auction? Was it forcing potential buyers to pre-qualify their bids? Or was it the blue oval on the back of the car?

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About Calvin Escobar

The Car scene is so diverse Where I come from, most enthusiasts recognize the amazing engineering (particularly the engines). The bulk of the ridicule originates from the manner in which many of the vehicles are modded/maintained. Thus, the jokes and or hate tends to be aimed more at the owner rather than the machine. All of which makes seeing properly sorted old Toyota's and Hondas at car meets, auto shows, and track days all the more refreshing.

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