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FOUND: THE WORLD’S BIGGEST FORD MUSTANG AND SHELBY COBRA COLLECTION

It’s Both Big, And Extremely Well Taken Care Of

World's largest ford mustang shelby cobra collection houston texas

Almost everybody has a collection of some sort, Legos, Stickers, Skateboards. Few however own as many well kept Ford and Shelby vehicles as Gary Thomas does in Houston Texas. The Petersen Automotive Museum, which is synonymous with auto history and prestige, found Gary and asked to share his collection with the world via YouTube. Gary said yes, and we now have video evidence of one of the greatest collections of Ford Mustang muscle cars and Shelby American vehicles ever seen.

Gary Thomas Ford and Shelby Collection

The World’s Largest Ford Mustang And Shelby Cobra Collection

The collection consists of vehicles dating back to 1932 and features Ford Mustangs and Shelby Cobras as new as 2022. The collection is big enough to warrant a three part video each just shy of 15-minutes in length. If you are looking for something new to binge watch, Gary Thomas’ collection of Ford’s does not disappoint.

 

Some of the highlights of his collection include three rows of mostly stock 1932 Ford’s. Other noteworthy items in his collection include an unrestored 1967 Shelby GT350 and a first-generation Shelby GT500 Mustang KR that was signed by Carroll Shelby himself, Lee Iacocca, and Chuck Cantwell. Thomas also has a “Hecho en México” (Made in Mexico) 1969 Shelby Mustang GT350. Almost every car that Gary owns comes with its own story, some of which include notorious figures in American history like Bonnie and Clyde, there is also one movie car included in his collection, a blue with white racing stripes 427 Shelby Cobra. The car wasn’t driven by an actor as far as we know but it was in the movie nonetheless and acquired by a winning raffle ticket and was featured in Ford V. Ferrari.

There are not many Ford and Shelby vehicles not included in Gary’s collection. A collection of this size just doesn’t feel complete without a first edition of something. In Garys warehouse are at least two of those. The first, a 1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429, in Raven black and a Grabber Blue 1970 Boss 429, the first to be rolled off the assembly line for their respective years.

The list of archives goes on, but it is worth the 45-minutes to watch all three videos back to back to back. We’ve embedded them below for your convenience:

Written by Cody U.

Cody is a Tennessee-based media professional with a degree in Journalism and Electronic Media. He has spent time as a country radio morning show producer and currently writes for MC&T as an outlet to geek out over cool cars, trucks, and utility vehicles.

Originally from California Cody has an appreciation for all-electric vehicles but a soft spot for the rumble of an all-American V8 muscle car. His dream car remains a 2007 Ford Mustang Bullitt. His fascination with all things cars stems from countless trips to car shows and watching car movies, of course.

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