**THIS VEHICLE WILL BE SELLING WITH NO RESERVE AT THE UPCOMING BARRETT JACKSON AUCTION BEING HELD IN SCOTTSDALE, AZ JANUARY 21-29, 2023. IT WILL BE SELLING ON SATURDAY JANUARY 28TH. THE LOT NUMBER IS #1396. IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN PURCHASING PLEASE REGISTER TO BID DIRECTLY WITH BARRETT JACKSON. IT’S A QUICK AND SIMPLE PROCESS. PLEASE CALL WITH ANY QUESTIONS. THANK YOU**
This iconic 1966 Shelby Group II Mustang #12 is one of the rarest Shelby Mustang’s ever built and is fully documented in the SAAC Shelby Registry which includes its historic SCCA and Trans-Am racing pedigree. It was one of only 16 Shelby Group II Mustangs built in 1966. They were built to the 1965 R-model specifications to compete in the SCCA and Trans-Am A/Sedan class. As documented in the SAAC Shelby registry it was originally built for the famous Shelby American driver Ken Miles, who was killed testing a J-Car at Riverside before he could drive it. After the tragic death of Ken Miles, it was offered to John McComb by automotive design engineer and GT350 project engineer Chuck Cantwell of Carroll Shelby’s legendary racing shop. It was invoiced on August 24th, 1966 to Turner Ford and purchased by John McComb both of Hutchinson, KS. John McComb and this Shelby Mustang helped Ford claim The Trans-American Sedan Championship for 1966. This Shelby Mustang participated in over 30 documented races including SCCA, Trans-Am, ARRC and 24 Hours of Daytona. Some notable races in 1966 included 1st Place at Pan-American Trans-Am in Green Valley, TX and 1st Place at Continental Divide SCCA National. It was featured on the cover and in Sports Car Graphic December 1966 magazine which is included. It was also featured in Sports Car Graphic June 1967 magazine and Motor Trend World Automotive Yearbook for 1967 which are both included. It was purchased in 1967 by Keith Thomas. It won 1st Place at SCCA National in Wichita, KS in 1968 where it set an A/Sedan lap record and tied A/Production Corvette of Don Yenko for the 2nd fastest lap ever run at Lake Afton. It was raced consistently in 1969. It was purchased by Melvin Hammontree in 1973. It was purchased by Max Anderson in 1978. It was purchased by Gary Spraggins in 1984. Gary had the car restored early on during his 28 years of ownership. Gary purchased the engine and transmission from Shelby American lead mechanic Terry Doty. He had the car signed by Carroll Shelby, John McComb, Chuck Cantwell and Terry Doty. Gary provided concrete documentation including letters from Shelby American, photos and the Special Collectors Edition of Mustang Monthly January 1995 Magazine where he and Carroll Shelby were interviewed about the car confirming it was built for Ken Miles. It was purchased by Rick Davis in 2012 and then purchased by Chris Turner of Dockery Ford in 2013. The car made its way to Shelby experts Legendary Motorcar where it received a show quality concours restoration. The car is powered by an era correct Shelby American racing 289 Hi-Po V8 engine that runs excellent. The engine casting date is #C5AE-6015-E with a build date of October 14th, 1964. It’s been outfitted with the correct Hi-Po heads, aluminum hi-rise intake manifold #S2MS-9424-A , Holley 715 CFM carburetor #S2MS-3510-A, steel valve covers with specially fabricated breathers. It’s equipped with a heavy duty oil cooler with remote Cobra oil filter adaptor and the 18 quart Ford Galaxie radiator. The engine breathes through the Tri-Y headers. The engine is coupled to an era correct Borg Warner T-10 close ratio 4-speed manual transmission. The transmission has a build date of July 27th, 1965. The power is transferred to Ford 9” Detroit Locker rear end with 3.89 gears. This Shelby Mustang was verified by 1965-1966 Shelby Registrar Howard Pardee and Shelby Trans Am Registrar Gary Underwood. John McComb and his wife Vici McComb were reunited with the car in June of 2022. Many items will be included with the car such as Shelby documentation, restoration photos, SAAC Shelby 1965-1966-1967 4th Edition book signed by John McComb, interview transcript with John McComb, miscellaneous books signed by John McComb, miscellaneous articles and copies of various photos of the car and John McComb. This car was recently serviced and detailed which is documented with an invoice that is included.