3. 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake: $2.2 Million
Back in 1967, Shelby was a busy man. He was producing Mustangs for Ford while managing racing teams, helping Ford win the Le Mans. Besides all that, he found the time to create several exciting prototypes based on production Shelby Mustangs. One of those cars was the legendary Super Snake.
They produced this GT500 as a rolling laboratory to showcase the Mustang platform, as well as for testing Goodyear’s Thunderbolt tire line. Goodyear was proud to announce their Thunderbolt tires could run at 170 mph, so Shelby built a car capable of that speed. Using a Le Mans-winning race engine, he modified the transmission and suspension, creating the Super Snake.
The Super Snake was the ultimate 170-mph Mustang. Today, 170 mph isn’t uncommon for a top speed. However, back in the late ’60s, most muscle cars struggled to reach 120 mph. The Super Snake debuted in 1967 and broke several production car records with Carroll Shelby himself behind the wheel.
The Super Snake was so successful, there were plans for production. But, when Shelby realized its price would be around $8,000, which was big money for 1967, he killed the project. Shelby knew nobody would buy such an expensive car at the time. Almost 50 years later, in 2019, the one and only Super Snake sold for a record-breaking $2.2 million.