We reported Carroll Shelby’s 1968 Mustang “Black Hornet” heading to auction before. Accordingly, Barrett-Jackson auctioned offShelby’s personal 1968 “Black Hornet” Mustangon the 29 of January as part of its annual Scottsdale sale event. We speculated that it would fetch a six-figure price tag. However, this iconic “Black Hornet” Mustang claimed a hammer price of $451,000.
The1968 Ford Mustang “Black Hornet”is a tribute to the Mustang “Green Hornet” concept built by Ford and Shelby in 1967. Inspired by the GT/CSS, or “California Special model,” launched in 1968, the “Black Hornet” is a 1968 Ford Mustang Coupe built by Carroll Shelby. It is a true-triple-black coupe that spent 40 years in Shelby’s personal car collection. Its upper, body, and interior are all finished in black color.
Ford delivered the Gold Lime prototype to Shelby Automotive in 1968, where the prototype received the EXP-500 moniker. There is something special about any “Mustang” that Carroll Shelby and his crew have spent time and effort turning into an artwork. Early Shelby builds at the forefront among the most demanding muscle cars on the market. This is also such a unique build.
This Shelby Cobra is powered by a 428 cu-in Cobra Jet V8 engine with a 4-speed manual transmission. The V8 engine produces 428/335 hp with a unique Shelby touch. It gets a high-volume fuel pump, aluminum intakes and heads, Mallory ignition system, Griffin radiator, Holley carburetor, EFI fuel delivery system, and an independent rear suspension, and is equipped with Shelby 10-spoke wheels and many other upgrades.
This iconic Shelby Cobra was named “Mustang” under Carroll Shelby’s guidance before his passing in May of 2012. And also, this Mustang has exhibited at the SEMA show in 2018. However, the future owner of this iconic car had the rare opportunity to own a piece of Shelby’s history.