Shelby GT500 durability test car to be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson

The Ford Shelby GT500 Durability car was personally piloted by Carroll Shelby during testing at the historic Sebring International Raceway. (01/19/2012)

The Ford Shelby GT500 Durability car was personally piloted by Carroll Shelby during testing at the historic Sebring International Raceway. (01/19/2012)

Ever want to buy a used car? A really used car? A car driven hard just to see if something breaks? No?

How about if it’s a one-of-one 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 durability test car that was hammered around Sebring International Raceway by the Ford SVT development team for 24 hours at top speeds of 150 mph? How about if it originally was built in 2007 as one of the first Shelby GT500s with the body updated for the 2010 model year and used to develop the 2013 Shelby GT500 production Mustang?

This one of a kind Shelby—presumably made presentable to polite company—will be auctioned Saturday, January 21, at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction Saturday in Scottsdale, Arizona, with proceeds benefitting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

The car to be auctioned includes a full roll cage, six-point harness seatbelts and new Recaro racing seats that were donated by Recaro North America, identical to those used in development. The production 2013 Shelby GT500 will be available with optional SVT-designed Recaro seats.

Evidence of instrumentation from development also can be found inside the vehicle, though not the instruments, just the holes and such, which no doubt will be great conversation items. Additionally, each member of SVT engineering who worked on the 2013 Shelby GT500 has signed the underside of the trunk lid.

Did we mention that Carroll Shelby also drove the car at Sebring? If he didn’t wear gloves and they didn’t clean that steering wheel too much, maybe there’s a little Shelby DNA to be harvest, and with the right test tube, you could make your own little Carroll. That information would really drive up the proceeds for the JDRF.

Otherwise it’s just an old car that was driven like the Honda owned by the kid down the street. Even if it is a one-of-one 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 durability test car.