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LOT #683 – 2018 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT-S – Selling with No Reserve at the 2022 Palm Beach Auction.


LOT #349.1- 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria – No Reserve

George Shinn is an American businessman best known for his former ownership of several professional sports teams. He is also an author and motivational speaker. A self-made man, he now dedicates much of his time and resources to helping others. In 1973, he created the George Shinn Foundation, which is committed to “furthering the work of churches, ministries, missionaries and non-profit organizations.”

Over his lifetime, Shinn built several car collections, each comprising original to Resto-Mod vehicles spanning the 1950s to early ‘70s as well as modern supercars. Now, Shinn is offering his collection with No Reserve at the 2022 Palm Beach Auction, held April 7-9 at the South Florida Fairgrounds.

In an exclusive Barrett-Jackson video, Shinn shares that his love for cars began while working as a child at his father’s Gulf Service Station washing cars. He recalls when a man came in with “one of the prettiest Fords” Shinn had ever seen. It was a 1955 Ford Fairlane Crown Victoria — much like the car he plans on selling. “He said, ‘I want my windows so clean that when you look out the window, you don’t know if the window is up or down,’” Shinn recalled.

Shinn obliged and cleaned the window so well that the man’s mother didn’t realize the window was up when she tried to spit out her chewing tobacco. The man had returned to tell Shinn what an excellent job he had done and gave him a $1 tip.

The Crown Victoria offered from the collection is an example of one of the most imaginative cars of an innovative decade. The car followed the era’s rules: the roof was lower, flatter and longer.

The second half of the 1950s was heavily influenced by the futuristic Ford Mystere concept car and is reflected in every Ford model’s fins, quad headlights and taillights in 1957. Two examples from the collection that showcase the influence include a 1957 Ford Fairlane Sunliner convertible, a 1957 Ford Thunderbird convertible and a 1959 Ford Thunderbird convertible.

LOT #350.1 – 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible – No Reserve

Additionally, the collection offers a Resto-Mod 1964 Ford Galaxie 500 convertible powered by a Kenne Bell supercharged dual overhead cam 4.6-Liter Cobra engine. The car is joined by a 1967 Shelby Cobra re-creation.

Also included in the collection’s Ford offerings are several Mustangs. It’s difficult to overstate the impact the Mustang had on Ford, the auto industry and popular culture. It was more than a car — it was a phenomenon. Few cars are so instantly recognizable, or as widely adored, as the first-generation Mustang.

Among the offerings is a 1965 Ford Mustang that features all the right ingredients of a powerful Pro-Touring machine. Under the hood is a Ford Racing 5.0-liter V8 that’s been dressed up with aluminum heads, valve covers, intake manifold, air cleaner and even an aluminum radiator with an aluminum cooling fan.

The other first-gen Mustang from the collection, a 1967 Mustang convertible, has been transformed into a Shelby GT500 tribute car.

Another “blue oval” example is a 2019 Ford Shelby GT-H. The “H” in GT-H stands for, of all things, Hertz Rent-a-Car. It pays homage to the 1967 Shelby GT350H, which, believe it or not, was a Hertz rental car back in the day.

Concluding the collection of Ford offerings is a 1927 Ford Model T that’s been restored, refurbished and rebuilt; an iconic 1930 Ford Hi-Boy custom roadster with work performed by legendary builder Tom Beard; and a 1933 Ford custom coupe featuring an all-steel body with a 3.5-inch chop, rolling on a staggered set of Boyd Coddington wheels.

Chevrolet is a dominant marque in the George Shinn collection, which highlights early to late models of “America’s Sports Car.”

LOT #681.1 – 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom coupe – No Reserve

Among the cars offered is a 1967 Chevrolet Corvette custom coupe. The car is reported to have been disassembled in 1985 and stored in a garage with the intention of restoring it. It sat for a while and 25 years later the project resumed. Many of the original components, including the engine, had been lost or had gone missing. Thus it became the perfect candidate to become a Resto-Mod.

The intention was to keep the Stingray as close to its original classic design as possible. The drivetrain received updates, such as a Chevrolet LS3 aluminum V8 engine mated to a Tremec 5-speed

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Title: A DRIVING PASSION: This Select Offering Selling With No Reserve From The George Shinn Collection Showcases A Lifelong Love Of Collector Cars
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Published Date: Fri, 18 Mar 2022 18:41:10 +0000

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