One owner’s Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is up for auction – and has a fascinating history.
John Zagart is the first and only owner of the Shelby GT350, which he bought in Syracuse in the summer of 1966.
Although the GT350 is a perfect track car, Zeggert says it stays mostly on the road because a driving instructor warned him what would happen if he missed the braking zone. Instead, John chose to buy another, less special, Mustang to use on the track.
Originally the Pony car was powered by a 289 cubic inch V8 that produced 306 horsepower, but somewhere Zeggert added a Paxton supercharger, bringing the number to about 500.
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The car remains remarkably original, still with its original wiper blades and extra tires, body and engine parts. The odometer reads only 29,431 miles (47,364 km), which is due to Jagart’s career sending him abroad. The muscle car had been sitting on the block for years when John was working on a missile guidance system for the GE, but when he returned he said it was like driving a new car again.
The car almost had to be sold along with the rest of Jaguar’s fleet when his stock at General Motors went off the floor, but he held on to Shelby despite financial difficulties.
Zeggert is now selling the car because of a fall from the roof he was working on. He broke several bones, including his buttocks, and could not run comfortably due to the manual transmission.
“What am I going to do, just stare at it until I die?” Jagart joked.
That’s what we’ll do, but it would be nice to give someone else a chance to enjoy the muscle car. Also, John apparently owns a 2009 GT500 with an automatic transmission that he will be able to use instead.
The GT350 will be available for auction on May 13-21 at Mecum’s Indy and is estimated to be between $ 275,000 and $ 350,000.