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There was a 427 cobra and a slab side that went a little later today, the price on both seemed a little light. 
A little voice is telling me I must reply.
It is a street 289 Cobra.
Ok Jim as long as you went there (not that I disagree!) may I also say it was a 428 Cobra made into a 427 Cobra? ;)

The 289 comp car and 66 carryover were great deals compared to the rest of the cars
A little more to the story on those two. The Cobra was a street car converted to a comp car in period. A former (far more recent) owner had the car listed as an Independent Comp car after he showed period race history for it. So, not a true Comp car by any means and a long way from being returned to a street car. I've known that one for a long time as I knew the 3 owners prior to John. The Carryover car #002 was a race car for many, many years. The Registry has more on that. It's value, IMHO, was in the serial number not its originality.

I thought 5R002 had a shot to do more, the 65 Paxton car was logical, and the 66 Paxton car was a result of two bidders who wanted to have it I guess! The 66 Convert was a great result too. Heck, all of the cars sold really well even the '15 R which I was glad to see John enjoyed for 6k+ miles rather than keeping it in the wrapper.

1967 Shelby GT350/500 / Re: '67 Hubcaps ?
« on: April 25, 2020, 09:48:20 AM »
Man that '67 in the first pic is COOL  :D

Up For Auction / Re: 1967 Shelby GT350 Paxton Car
« on: January 13, 2020, 12:27:36 PM »
So, I cant help you carry the money to the bank?


If you sell me a Conolec system for 0006 I will help YOU carry YOUR money to the bank Pete!!

Up For Auction / Re: Mecum Kissimmee Auction - Today
« on: January 13, 2020, 11:53:38 AM »
That supposed, alleged Comer Conelec '69 Shelby was a big dud.......appeared to be no real bids, just the "house" chandelier types..... :-*

Hi CorvetteMike,

I'm here so if you'd like to discuss my 1969 Conolec car #0006 I'm happy to have that conversation if we can skip the BS above. There was real money on the car to $280k and I am negotiating with the high bidder currently. And Pete is correct, I just valued the car more than the high bid less commissions. The car has never really been in public nor is it well known since it has been in hiding forever. So if I end up keeping it I'll again try to convince Pete to trade my firstborn for a Conolec system because I think it would be cool to have it running around with functional EFI as it did as a Shelby Engineering car with Fred Goodell for 8,000 miles in 1969.

But to be clear I can appreciate and respect opinions but not allegations and rumors about a car or people that just aren't true. The car is real, I am real, both have been confirmed as such by SAAC and my physician (respectively, the later a far less pleasant experience after the age of 45 I might add) and you are welcome to come see for yourself if you care to. I'll have a beer and a brat waiting if you just let me know.


Colin Comer

Up For Auction / Re: 1967 Shelby GT350 Paxton Car
« on: January 13, 2020, 11:35:59 AM »
Tim, Pete, Bob G, etc- I feel like I need to clarify one important aspect re this sale. This was NOT my car nor owned by me. I previously owned it and sold it in 2016. I simply commented on the thread because of my background on the car.

My friend that I sold it to (from Rochester NY) planned to be at the sale but his mom is gravely ill so I offered to rep the car on the block for him. He told me to do whatever I thought was the right choice re. the reserve. As you can see from the Mecum broadcast I pulled the reserve at 320k. The gentleman who bought it also bought the gold 68 EFI car (#56 if my memory is correct Pete?) for $300k hammer. So clearly he has a thing for Paxton cars even though I don't know if it was ever decided that the '68 had one originally?

So, while I appreciate the offers to help me carry the cash from the '67 Paxton sale it will be delivered directly to NY and not to me!  ;D

And, I stand by my statement that this was an older resto painted and striped by Curt Vogt/ Cobra Automotive in 1996 or so. Tony Branda's son was posting pics of it during restoration on Facebook last week in Curt's shop showing the same stripes on it then. Today, and in 2016 when I owned it, the car has a nice even patina to it and since I enjoy driving and not car shows I never saw the need to change anything with its appearance other than to take off the hideous reproduction 10-spokes and old Radial T/A tires and put on the correct wheels, caps, and small-letter Goodyears.

I hope the new owner enjoys it, she has a healthy engine and I sorted the mechanicals really thoroughly so the car is quite fun to drive!


Up For Auction / Re: Conelec EFI 1969 Shelby Auction
« on: December 16, 2019, 02:25:33 PM »
Thanks David and Corbins, yes, hard to sell off these cars but I'm losing a 17,000 foot building and being forced to downsize a bit. They are all really great cars and I hope they find good homes- maybe even ones that will let me visit  :)

Best Holiday Wishes to all of you and yours!


Up For Auction / Re: Conelec EFI 1969 Shelby Auction
« on: December 13, 2019, 02:11:19 PM »
Hi, All,

I DO have an affiliation with this car  ;D Here's a better link to the actual listing on Mecum's site vs. the HMN feeder:

I've asked Mecum to edit to PW part I don't know where they got that from. As for the EFI it was always my plan to have a fellow Wisconsinite buddy of mine (ahem! PETER  :D) help me return it to the way it was at Shelby with a Conolec system on it. But, try as I might as Pete mentioned he is trying to source a Conolec car of his own so is holding tight to the EFI bits hidden under his mattress for the time being.

So, 0006 remains today as it was when it was shipped to the Hertz Corporation in late '69 with its original CJ intake and carb on it currently.

It's a great car and if anybody is heading to Mecum please look me up- I'll likely be standing guard near the 13 cars I'm bringing (yikes) and it would be great to see some SAAC folks!

Happy Holidays to you all,


Up For Auction / Re: 1967 Shelby GT350 Paxton Car
« on: December 01, 2019, 02:54:25 PM »
Hi Bob,

Actually as somebody who has owned the car and reviewed its entire history file, spoken to owners, etc. yes I am aware a lot can happen in 23 years. However in this case I can assure you the paint and stripes were done at Cobra Automotive when it was restored. As we all know 23 years is a long time in the continual growth of knowledge on these cars as well as the availability of correct restoration parts as well. This isn't the only '67 that was restored a long time ago and has 65/66 style stripes on it. Wasn't throwing the old Sasquatch hunter under the bus just stating a fact- they did the paint and stripes many moons ago. It is what it is.

Now, since you brought up who should be ashamed I'm not. This is a great old car and as I stated in my post I spent a lot of time and yes a fair amount of money correcting and sorting a bunch of MECHANICAL details as noted in my original post. I have a lot of experience with making Paxton cars run right, in fact one of my discoveries after much dyno time with a see-through carb bonnet I made, as well as tons of road tuning with dual wideband O2 sensors and EGT probes on my Paxton SC '65, was to incorporate a marine spark arrestor on the carb to prevent the "tornado in a telephone booth" from pulling fuel out of the bowl vents. This one mod is so incredibly effective you can typically pull 5-10 jet sizes out and get the car to run spot on A/F ratios. I shared this info with Craig Conley including the mfr and part # for these arrestors and now he considers it a mandatory addition and includes them with his Paxton kits as I understand it.  Anyway on top of this on 2148 I fixed a number of things from a cam that was simply wrong for a boosted application, not only bleeding boost but also needing an electric vacuum pump for the power brakes, aftermarket headers, a "hot rod" exhaust, Hurst shifter, aftermarket 10 spokes, and on and on. So yeah $30k goes by in a blink with stuff like a $5k Scott Fuller concours exhaust and correct '67 manifolds, a rebuilt OE shifter from Jim Cowles, wheels, hubcaps, Polyglas tires, and then going through the engine, trans, brakes, fuel system, suspension etc to make it all work like it should. Oh, I did paint the inside of the trunk as it wasn't finished to my standards and had the original wood steering wheel restored by the same fellow who does them for Bill Kemper's Cobras and others. I also re-did the instrument cluster and detailed the dash to make it nice and crisp.

That said the paint done by Cobra was still excellent, a lot of the interior was still original and really great, and cosmetically the car was super nice so yeah I saw no reason to pull off the side stripes and risk screwing up the paint or having a shadow visible. Simply didn't bother me that much as the car just looks killer as it is. The crappy repop wheels, Radial T/As and fast n' furious exhaust though- all that had to go immediately!

I've never been a die hard concours correct guy as I like good old cars with good bones that run and drive like they should. Or better. Don't get me wrong I appreciate your and others dedication to picture perfect cars that get pushed on and off of trailers just to get rolled into or out of a show, or maybe putter along over a concours lawn, but I'm a driver first and foremost. I get my pleasure from hopping in these cars and driving them hard on the back roads to Road America, a cruise night, or an early Sunday morning blast to feel what it was like when they were new and step back in time. Not one of these cars rolled out of SA as perfect as some like them to be now and I'm not bothered by a GT350 callout that has an extra 2" of white vinyl stripe next to it that shouldn't be there.

So, ashamed I am not. 2148 came into my life as something that wasn't fun to drive and didn't live up to the legend. But it left as something that was all of that and more. My buddy, who has owned it for the past 3 years, has enjoyed that just as much as I have and I'm sure the next owner will too. 2148 is a great car and in the world of 1965-1967 cars a factory Paxton car is hard to beat IMO, especially one that rips like this one does!

Hope this helps explain things a bit.

Wishing you all the best and a very Merry Christmas, Bob.


Up For Auction / Re: 1967 Shelby GT350 Paxton Car
« on: December 01, 2019, 11:32:07 AM »
The person who striped that should be ashamed of himself.

Bob that person would be Curt Vogt who striped it in 1996!

Up For Auction / Re: 1967 Shelby GT350 Paxton Car
« on: November 26, 2019, 12:53:07 PM »
Here's a link to it on Mecum rather than HMN- different description (at least currently)

I don't see the gauges either, don't recall if it had them when I owned it or if Mecum just assumed it does. I'll ask the owner.

Up For Auction / Re: 1967 Shelby GT350 Paxton Car
« on: November 25, 2019, 01:08:54 PM »
Jim Cowles has a guy who I think could make some damn close 15x6 wheels for a 67. And Jim has the correct hubcap lug nuts.

Up For Auction / Re: 1967 Shelby GT350 Paxton Car
« on: November 25, 2019, 09:59:15 AM »
Hi Richstang actually the car was sold at Mecum in May 2016. I was the buyer. Spent about $30k making the car "right" correcting a bunch of details and sorting it mechanically. Sold it to a good friend who has now consigned it to Mecum. I don't know why they regurgitated the former auction text, I'll give him a heads up that it should be updated. I love these factory Paxton cars and this one is a stud! Plus it runs like it should, spent a lot of time dialing it in and it screams. -Colin

Up For Auction / Re: Mecum Chicago
« on: October 24, 2019, 10:59:28 PM »
As somebody who was also at the sale to inspect the cars in detail I will second Pete's statement that "all is not as it appears on the TV."

Up For Auction / Re: Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas 2019
« on: October 08, 2019, 01:48:20 PM »
QSS I think that price for the silver jade 69 was about right for what the car is. Automatic, older "restoration" on a Canadian car, and looked like the engine (and a lot of what is bolted to it!) was rattle-can painted in early Pontiac blue engine paint. Pretty, yes, but far from a six-figure car.

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