Carroll Shelby’s Personal Omni GLH-S: What’s It Worth?

Most of the magazine crew is out in Monterey this week, hosting our Classic Motorsports auction tours, covering the events, and meeting with the people.

While the auctions attract some of the finest, rarest and most expensive cars ever built, this one definitely caught our eye: Carroll Shelby’s personal 1986 Shelby Omni GLHS. The odometer sports just 7733 miles, and up close it appears to be perfect. The GLH-S is being offered by RM Sotheby’s, along with the very first Cobra ever built, and several other monumentally historic Fords and Ford-powered machines.

Carroll Shelby’s GLH-S is being offered without reserve, and the auction house estimates it will fetch $40,000-$60,000. So, what does your gut say? (And can anyone loan us $40,000-$60,000?)

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Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
8/18/16 10:33 a.m.

It's worth about $8-10k without the history. With the history, it's worth...about $8-10k. But I'm sure some Shelby aficionado will pay through the nose and park it in a climate controlled chamber. Obviously Carroll didn't enjoy driving it very much!

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/18/16 10:59 a.m.

So you're saying that JG and I might get engaged in a bidding war?

RossD
RossD UltimaDork
8/18/16 11:11 a.m.
Keith Tanner wrote: It's worth about $8-10k without the history. With the history, it's worth...about $8-10k. But I'm sure some Shelby aficionado will pay through the nose and park it in a climate controlled chamber. Obviously Carroll didn't enjoy driving it very much!

I agree. But then again, I'm one of the most non-sentimental people you'll ever meet.

WildScotsRacing
WildScotsRacing HalfDork
8/18/16 11:20 a.m.
Keith Tanner wrote: It's worth about $8-10k without the history. With the history, it's worth...about $8-10k. But I'm sure some Shelby aficionado will pay through the nose and park it in a climate controlled chamber. Obviously Carroll didn't enjoy driving it very much!

Oh, I don't know... I would be curious to know if his personal GLH-S has some "personal" performance mods over and above the ones sold at the Mopar dealers.

rob_lewis
rob_lewis SuperDork
8/18/16 11:24 a.m.

Agreed, anything over about $10k (maybe $15k on a good day) would only because it was Shelby's personal car. To some people, owning a famous person's personal car is important.

I think the kicker on this one NOT going for $40k or more is that it's not famous. Yeah, it was his personal car, but I don't recall him ever really promoting it. For example, Leno's Shogun has more prestige than a "typical" Shogun because he's featured it on his show and on his webisodes. Everyone knows how much he adores that car and have seen him driving it. That connection would drive up the value. There's nothing like that with this car.

-Rob

underpowered
underpowered New Reader
8/18/16 11:25 a.m.

My guess.... $12,000.

Pat
Pat HalfDork
8/18/16 11:30 a.m.
David S. Wallens wrote: So you're saying that JG and I might get engaged in a bidding war?

If it was for $8-10k, it would be a 3 way bidding war. :-)

mainlandboy
mainlandboy Reader
8/18/16 11:43 a.m.

While on the subject, how much would you pay for Jon Voight's LeBaron convertible?

drdisque
drdisque HalfDork
8/18/16 11:48 a.m.

My gut says $25k-$30k.

kb58
kb58 Dork
8/18/16 11:49 a.m.

I wonder how much his other personal cars would go for if they were things like a VW Rabbit or Ford Pinto.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
8/18/16 11:53 a.m.

In reply to Keith Tanner:

Maybe this one will meet your approval. The very first Shelby Cobra! Crossing the auction block soon.

CyberEric
CyberEric Reader
8/18/16 11:54 a.m.

Is it weird that I would be more interested in checking out the GLHS than the Mercedes behind it?

I must be in the right place!

chuckles
chuckles HalfDork
8/18/16 12:06 p.m.
WildScotsRacing wrote:
Keith Tanner wrote: It's worth about $8-10k without the history. With the history, it's worth...about $8-10k. But I'm sure some Shelby aficionado will pay through the nose and park it in a climate controlled chamber. Obviously Carroll didn't enjoy driving it very much!

Oh, I don't know... I would be curious to know if his personal GLH-S has some "personal" performance mods over and above the ones sold at the Mopar dealers.

I bought #238 new in '86. It was a great deal of fun. I wish I had kept it. I recall reading in "Autoweek" that when Shelby sold a lot of his personal cars, this was one he kept and that it had "400 hp."

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
8/18/16 12:33 p.m.
Ed Higginbotham wrote: In reply to Keith Tanner: Maybe this one will meet your approval. The very first Shelby Cobra! Crossing the auction block soon.

I've seen that car sitting in the Shelby American store in Vegas. Based on my experience with Shelby's 50th anniversary replica, it's not a great car. But this one DOES have real significance, and will rightly go for a planeload of cash.

T.J.
T.J. UltimaDork
8/18/16 12:57 p.m.

I would maybe part with $8k tops for the GLH-S. I would not pay a cent extra for past ownership. I would like the low miles and good condition though. This is why I will not own this car. No idea what it will sell for. Depends if there are two guys who both want it badly.

The first cobra, I can't imagine how much it would go for nor would I even want it as anything other than an investment to flip. If I wanted to drive a Cobra I'd get a different one (or even more likely a modern kit car version of one.).

kb58
kb58 Dork
8/18/16 1:07 p.m.

During our tour through Leno's garage, our guide said that one of Leno's Lambos used to be owned by Sinatra, which played no part in Leno's reason for acquiring it. He buys cars, not the aura of previous owners.

Huckleberry
Huckleberry MegaDork
8/18/16 1:08 p.m.

It's a nice example of a terrible car from the 80's and the world is full of idiots. Someone is going to pay $30k for that and squirrel it away somewhere instead of paying $5.5k and completely destroying it for ten minutes of glorious youtube fame as the non-existent deity of your choosing intended.

Reaper1
Reaper1 New Reader
8/18/16 1:17 p.m.

Of note, while this car was in his personal collection, the one he liked to drive was #001, which has the very rare 16V Hans Hermann head on it and supposedly capable of 350hp. THAT is the one that's worth a LOT of money. This one....eh...I'd think it might go for $7-12k, maybe hitting $15k. Unfortunately these cars, while they are gaining in notoriety and some are gaining value, simply aren't worth all that much.

johndej
johndej Reader
8/18/16 1:20 p.m.

I just saw one probably close to that clean at a cars and coffee, being Shelby's personal car, ~15k?

spitfirebill
spitfirebill UltimaDork
8/18/16 1:23 p.m.
kb58 wrote: During our tour through Leno's garage, our guide said that one of Leno's Lambos used to be owned by Sinatra, which played no part in Leno's reason for acquiring it. He buys cars, not the aura of previous owners.

Over the years I've seen several of the rat pack's cars go to auction. I don't recall any of them bringing bigger money because of their ownership.

Vigo
Vigo PowerDork
8/18/16 4:33 p.m.
I wonder how much his other personal cars would go for if they were things like a VW Rabbit or Ford Pinto.

In many ways an Omni IS like a Rabbit or Pinto.

I'm very sure this car will top 15k. How much higher it will go, i dont know.

oldeskewltoy
oldeskewltoy UltraDork
8/18/16 5:13 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote: It's worth about $8-10k without the history. With the history, it's worth...about $8-10k. But I'm sure some Shelby aficionado will pay through the nose and park it in a climate controlled chamber. Obviously Carroll didn't enjoy driving it very much!

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drdisque
drdisque HalfDork
8/18/16 5:52 p.m.

If you want real celebrity provenance - they sold Merv Griffin's 1986 London Taxi FX4 Limousine

It sold for a whopping $12,500

racerdave600
racerdave600 SuperDork
8/18/16 6:18 p.m.

Shelby's name won't mean much. They are simply not collectible to the high end guys. I could see an average guy going 15k to 20k....maybe...but in the end it is an Omni not a Cobra.

etifosi
etifosi Dork
8/18/16 6:40 p.m.

Wow, tough crowd! You DO know the difference between Carroll Shelby & O'Conner, right?

DrBoost
DrBoost UltimaDork
8/18/16 8:07 p.m.

I'm not going to argue. Personally, I like the attitudes expressed, keeps the prices of one of the best cars produced in the 80s, especially by a US manufacturer.
it's amazing what you can do with these cars for very little money.

Donebrokeit
Donebrokeit Dork
8/18/16 8:21 p.m.

I want to say the car will sell for around $25-28K based on it's history. Time will tell.

TIGMOTORSPORTS
TIGMOTORSPORTS HalfDork
8/18/16 8:31 p.m.

I'm guessing more than $60K

plance1
plance1 SuperDork
8/18/16 8:48 p.m.

That little car is great, I'd love to have one.

chuckles
chuckles HalfDork
8/18/16 9:40 p.m.

I sense low opinion of the Omni contaminating discussion of the abilities of the GLHS which were AS ADVERTISED. It was a high performance vehicle, for sure. A blast in 2nd left a lot of passengers saying "Unbelievable." It didn't handle like a BMW but the front would bite and dart and there was lots of grip. The platform was cheap and unsophisticated and there were better-made, more durable economy cars than the Omni available for just a little more money. The GLHS was not an economy car. It was an inexpensive Buzz Bomb that gave me no trouble until 70,000 miles when the computer quit and proved hard to find. So, I let it go to a nice guy in Ohio who replaced the computer and eventually sold it to a guy who has restored it and who called me up to talk about it a few years ago.

So, yeah, I'd like to own that car.

dherr
dherr New Reader
8/19/16 8:43 a.m.

I test drove one back when they were new. Black, just like this one (okay he may have had some additional mods). Compared to our Rabbit and my Fiesta, it was a complete rocket. A great example of taking a basic economy car and making it into something else. Build quality was still Chrysler, but overall a very cool car at the time. I did not pull the trigger as my career was still starting and with a child on the way, not a good financial decision at the time.

The collector car market is very crazy right now, if this were just a 7,xxx mile Shelby GLHS, that would be something as most are trashed by now. But Carroll Shelby's personal example will likely command $$$. My bet is $30K

JohnnyBquick
JohnnyBquick Reader
8/19/16 8:48 a.m.

They sold new for around $15k, some dealers getting more. I bought one in 1991 with 1,100 miles on it and had it till just last year when I gave it to my daughter (who wanted it). Even if it sold for $15k the buyer would be getting a great little car for the price of a new one back then. I had a Sunbeam Tiger also. My GLHS was quicker, cornered better and more fun to drive. Bet it goes for over 15k though.

Scooter
Scooter Dork
8/21/16 8:26 a.m.

What'd it sell for?

bmw88rider
bmw88rider Dork
8/21/16 2:11 p.m.

Looks like it sold for 25k. More than I'd thought for that car but it's still got the shelby ownership history.

Stefan (Not Bruce)
Stefan (Not Bruce) MegaDork
8/21/16 3:08 p.m.
Keith Tanner wrote: It's worth about $8-10k without the history. With the history, it's worth...about $8-10k. But I'm sure some Shelby aficionado will pay through the nose and park it in a climate controlled chamber. Obviously Carroll didn't enjoy driving it very much!

This was the show car, his own personal ride was the prototype (#001) that had a 16-valve head created by Hans Hermann installed in it along with a turbo, intercooler, etc. made about 400hp, I believe.

Jerry From LA
Jerry From LA SuperDork
8/22/16 12:10 p.m.

The charity aspect may have something to do with the final price. Otherwise, what Keith said. These people can throw another ten large at something, especially if they can write it off as a charitable deduction.

D2W
D2W Reader
8/22/16 4:51 p.m.
mainlandboy wrote: While on the subject, how much would you pay for Jon Voight's LeBaron convertible?

Don't you mean John Voight:)

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