Got a cool 300-grand burning a hole in your pocket and have fine taste in cars? You could own what could very well be the most expensive doorslammer ever built — if it’s not, we’re willing to wager it’s in the top three.
Florida native Josh Klugger, in late 2017 and fresh off his NMCA Radial Wars class championship, revealed his plans for a 1967 Shelby GT500 Mustang built for the specific purpose of Radial versus The World competition. Following more than a year of construction at Skinny Kid Race Cars in Michigan, Klugger debuted the car at Donald Long’s Lights Out 10 in South Georgia, where he qualified 19th with a 3.770-second effort. But after failing to qualify at the Sweet 16 in March — he was mired in 27th position with a nearly equal 3.776 — he promptly sold the car. At the time, the asking price was just south of $400,000 — quite the princely sum for a hobby.
Weeks later, the unmistakable silver Mustang was spotted in the trailer of fellow radial-tire racer and Texas native Marty Robertson. Robertson intended to race the car alongside his familiar blue 1968 Barracuda in Radial versus The World, but as the latest listing with Elite Motorsports suggests, those plans are no longer in place. The new price: $300,000.
This car is literally the best of the best, and the chassis and the body are a flawless work of art. Skinny Kid utilized a factory replacement steel ’67 Mustang body from DynaCorn and grafted in a carbon-fiber bumper to go along with the carbon-fiber nose, doors, and decklid. A Pro Line 548-inch Hemi with twin Garrett 98mm turbos powers it, and features include a billet third member, all-carbon interior, ceramic-coated paint, and on and on. Literally no expense was spared.
This car is, in our opinion, the quintessential Radial vs the World car — steel body, a mostly factory appearance — and is as advanced as such a car can be without building an outright Pro Modified car. If it were up to us, this is where the advancement of Radial vs The World would have stopped.
Whether a car of this limited use is worth $74,000 more than the median price of a home in the United States is open for debate, but the right buyer is going to have one heck of a piece. Let’s just hope they insure it, and have mercy on whomever puts the first scratch on it.