Monterey

18-19 August 2017

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Lot 238

1965 Shelby GT350

  • Chassis no. SFM 5S490

Sold for $451,000


  • A Shelby American company car and Western dealer demonstrator
  • Remarkable original, unrestored condition, including original drivetrain
  • Filled with amazing preserved details
  • Formerly part of several noted private Shelby collections
  • The ideal GT350 for the connoisseur of original muscle


Completed by Shelby American on 29 June 1965, this GT350 was assigned as a company car to Jack Khoury. It was subsequently shipped through Shelby’s famed Hi-Performance Motors of El Segundo, California, to Kansas City dealer Broadway Motors as their demonstrator, then to the Horn-Williams Motor Company of Dallas, reportedly for the same use and now equipped with a radio.

The car was subsequently purchased by its first private owner, an Army officer, then passed to Harry M. Strawser Jr., of Arkansas, and in 1969 to Ray Kitten. The car has a “#13” decal in the rear window, reportedly from an exhibit at the New York World’s Fair of 1964, where the Army officer purportedly bought the car. After known further Arkansas history, the car was purchased in 1991 by Bob Gaines, returning it to Kansas City.

Len Perham of Saratoga, California, was the GT350’s next owner, passing it in 2006 to Shelby historian Colin Comer, in whose ownership it won the Chairman’s Award in Division 3 Concours at SAAC-31 in Virginia that same year. It was then sold to Howard Cox of Southlake, Texas, then passed in 2008 to Chad Odom, before joining its current owner’s noted Shelby collection, having been sourced by his good friend, Carroll Shelby.

The car remains remarkably original, including at least 80 percent of its factory Wimbledon White paint, with a spectacular patina, on all of the original undamaged sheet metal. The original Shelby “confidential number” on the right front fender well is among the clearest that has been seen, and appears elsewhere throughout the car, with all numbered components matching. Even the original hood is in remarkable condition. Further, the car retains its original engine and properly date-coded T10 aluminum transmission, as well as the original master cylinder, valve covers, intake manifold, carburetor, fan, and radiator. Correct tires are mounted on the 15-inch Cragar wheels. The seats were reupholstered some years ago, and the rear package tray is a reproduction, as are the oil pressure gauge and line.

Otherwise this Shelby is much as it left the factory, with originality that is, if not unparalleled, almost impossible to match, down to the Shelby decal on a rear quarter panel and the Detroit Locker installation sticker inside the trunk lid. It is among the most pure GT350s on the market today, and an ideal car for the Shelby enthusiast who knows originality when he sees it.

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Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more