World's Rarest Muscle Car to Join a Spectacular Show Field at the 2nd Annual Concours d'Elegance of Texas
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World's Rarest Muscle Car to Join a Spectacular Show Field at the 2nd Annual Concours d'Elegance of Texas  Houston, Texas. April 1, 2012. Organizers of the 2nd annual Concours d'Elegance of Texas have confirmed that the world's rarest muscle car, the only big block GT convertible ever built by Shelby American Inc., will be part of this year's spectacular show field on Sunday, May 5 at La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa. The 1967 Shelby GT500 Convertible was originally assigned to Carroll Shelby, the most expensive GT500 in Shelby American's company car inventory and the only Shelby GT Convertible factory-equipped with dual-quad carburetion. After being acquired by the Styles Collection in 2009, more than three years were spent researching and documenting the car's extensive history while R&A Motorsports performed the Concours-level restoration. This priceless piece of Americana has been on tour throughout the United States at select automotive events since its restoration was completed in 2012, and visitors to the Concours d'Elegance of Texas will get a rare chance to experience the car in person.

On August 9, 1966, Shelby American placed a special order for three identically-equipped cars with a massive 428 cubic inch 'big block' engine: a fastback, a coupe, and this convertible. These 1967 Shelby's would become the first production GT500 cars serialized and built on Ford's assembly line. Upon arriving at Shelby American's Los Angeles facility in November 1966, the Convertible was designated a 'company car' and promptly assigned to Carroll Shelby. Over the next four months, Carroll's 'personal driver' was often loaned to his friends, employees, celebrities, and visiting executives from the Ford Motor Company. By April 1967, Carroll's GT500 Convertible was repurposed as a '1968 styling prototype.' A newly designed fiberglass front-end, hood, and taillight panel were received from Dearborn and fitted to the car. Over the next five months, the Convertible was extensively photographed for print ads, brochures, and dealer literature to promote the upcoming 1968 Shelby Cobra GT models. Additional history, documents, interviews, vintage advertisements and photography can be enjoyed at www.1967shelbyconvertible.com.

Celebrating the Cars of Carroll Shelby as its Featured Class, the Concours d'Elegance of Texas is on Sunday, May 5, at the award winning La Torretta Lake Resort & Spa in Montgomery, Texas. Eighteen further classes recognize a distinct range of marques and eras, including antique and vintage through 1924, the classic era, post-war automobiles, race cars and pre- and post-war motorcycles. The Concours is a highlight of The Houston Classic Weekend, which runs from May 3-5 and also offers visitors the chance to experience world-class auction action at Worldwide's 12th annual catalogue sale, The Houston Classic Auction. Consignments include a 1967 Shelby 427 Cobra CSX3264, formerly owned by Rod Stewart and Jan and Dean, and the very first American sports car, a 1950 Nash-Healey Roadster that was owned by Donald Healey himself. Other interesting consignments include a diminutive 1958 Messerschmitt Microcar, once the property of daredevil, Evel Knievel. The present owner, Gas Monkey Garage's Richard Rawlings of the Discovery Channel's Fast N' Loud fame, will be there onsite with his sidekick, Aaron, selling the car to the highest bidder.

The Concours d'Elegance of Texas is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit and is proud to support the Holy Angels Residential Facility, Montgomery County Emergency Assistance and the Collectors Foundation as its primary charities. Ticket sales, schedules and full event details are available online at www.concoursoftexas.org and Executive Director Lolly Bezy can be contacted at 1.855.262.9900 or lolly@concoursoftexas.com. Visit latorrettalakeresort.com for information on accommodation and resort amenities. Sponsorship inquiries should be directed to Rob Bohli at 713.906.4526 or rob@concoursoftexas.org and media inquiries to Jo Snyder at 1.512.507.7867 or media@concoursoftexas.org.

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