Posted 25 June 2012 - 09:41 PM
we know the vehicles are not an investment, least not in the next 15+ years. But I agree that a GT/SC has the pedigree and is listed in the registry. Only the vehicles converted by Shelby earn the title GT/SC. Apparently less than 3%, possibly less, of the 2007's have been converted at Shelby. Some bought these as an investment, some to drive them, and others to drive/race them. I believe the garage queen with the Shelby GT/Sc designation will be worth the most someday. And it will still be a poor investment. Our cars are not like gold that appreciates at the world economy dips. Quite the opposite. When there is less disposable income the price drops dramatically on collectible cars.
I've had 26+ years experience with "collectible" guitars, and the car market follows it, almost religiously. So here's my opinion: When the economy dips, people get MORE selective. Every current auction has proven it. "Custom" Vettes are selling for peanuts, badass fuelies with tons of money invested, while pedigreed Ferraris and COPO Camaros with provenance are still solid, despite a tough economy. The difference between "gold standard" and "cool car" are stunning when the market tightens up. This is the market... I'm not making the news, just reporting it. Witness Galpin's one-off convertible widebody Mustang price at last weekend's B-J auction for confirmation of this. That was a huge investment that lost a FORTUNE, all receipts considered.
It'll take MANY years for an SGT/SC to be "valuable"... far more than I plan to be on the planet. But there is no question that a "real" one will eventually be worth more.
Just MY 2 cents (which is often worth far less than that, due to missing documentation)...
Edited by Jer, 26 June 2012 - 07:02 AM.
2007 SGT/SC # 446 - White, 5spd, Whipple 550 HO with Shelby/C&R radiator and heat exchanger upgrade, Painted stripes (rockers and Le Mans), painted lower fascia (a tribute to Whitey), Shelby Deep Draw (2 3/8") Hood with custom GT350 mesh inserts, Shelby brake duct/driving light bezels with PIAA 510XT lights, Shelby custom underbody front brake duct inlets and fabricated brake cooling plates, Terlingua billet hood pin plates, Shelby tensioner support brace, Shelby race-fabricated valve covers, Dark Charcoal Gray Interior and dash (signed by Carroll), IUP, Active Anti-Theft, Pioneer AVIC-Z130BT with XM Radio, NAV, HD Radio, DVD video touchscreen, Bluetooth, rearview camera, etc... Infinity Reference speakers, Shelby Kicker door subwoofers, trunk sub, and 4.1 amp, Chrome 20X9 Shelby-logoed Razors (ET24) with Nitto 555s (255 front, 275 rear), Baer Extreme+ 6 piston brakes all around, A'te Super Blue brake fluid, Goodridge s/s brakelines, SLP Loudmouths, Aeroforce Terminator gauge, Shelby gauge pod, CS Supercharged faux gas cap logo, billet lower grille, updated 2008-style front grille mount, grille, Shelby billet hood pin kit and pony emblem, Shelby floormats and trunk mat, Shelby Harness Bar, CG-Lock seatbelts, Shelby GT engine cap set and period-correct "Shelby Automobiles" license plate frames, Moroso and Shelby tanks, brake fluid reservoir, and fusebox cover, shorty antenna, Shelby billet fuel fill door, 3/4 window louvers, Shelby upper control arm and mount and lower control arms, CHE K-member brace w/ torque limiters, sequential taillights, Shelby billet Watts link, Ford Racing 3.73:1 gearset, Shelby GT500KR diff cover, de-rusted and painted rear axle housing, Eaton True Trac limited-slip differential, Moser axles, Strange Engineering axle studs, Shelby GT500KR Axle Reservoir, full of Mobil 1 with Ford Racing filter. H3R HalGuard fire extinguisher with Shelby and Brey-Krause mounting, Shelby Helmet and Driving Jacket. Of course I have lots and lots of Shelby doodads, knicknacks, merch, apparel, bling, and bric-a-brac. Many Shelby certificates and Monroney sticker shiny and intact. Fender SGT guitar. Tolerant wife.
Shelby Vegas Bash 2011 and 2012 Show Winner.
Technicians: John Orr/Randall LaViolette
2/13/2007 9:26:32 AM: Dash Badge Installed
2/13/2007 9:26:34 AM: Shelby Letters Installed
2/13/2007 9:26:35 AM: Side badges installed both sides
That's when it became OFFICIAL, in my opinion! A Shelby was born!
CUTE COINCIDENCE: The NEXT DAY, I was in Vegas getting married. True story.
UPDATE: In 2009, I drove cross-country with my wife from NY in the SGT and finally just MOVED here. I figured Vegas was lucky for me.
UPDATE: GT/SC upgrade completed at SAI on July 22, 2011.
UPDATE: Left Guitar Center and joined SA as Vice President, Shelby Performance Parts, August 2012-May 2014.
UPDATE: Current General Manager of Guitar Center Summerlin, Las Vegas.