Car: Shelby Europa GT 350 Convertible
What makes it special: Claude Dubois, an official Shelby dealer in Belgium from 1966 to 1972, received bad news in 1970 that Shelby was no longer going to deliver any more GT350 or GT500 models to him. He proposed special Mustang conversions of Shelby Europa models licenced to him. Carroll Shelby agreed, and in 1971 the first one was completed. Only 14 were made, and of those 14, 2 of them were convertibles.
What made it famous: The Shelby Europa's were available in Europe in both a Fastback and Convertible model. They were not allowed to be imported to the United States due to increased safety and emissions regulations. They were equipped with a 351 V8, although one was equipped a 351 V8 race engine with a 780 CFM Holley carburetor making 360 hp, while another came with a "Drag Pack Option" 429 V8, producing close to 400 hp.
Why I would want one: Truth be told, not many people even know these existed. These are amongst the rarest of the rare in Shelby circles. Of the 14 ever produced, only 9 are accounted for today, and are on file with the SAAC. 3 are in the Netherlands, one was stolen and never seen again, and the one white 429 V8 equipped Shelby Europa has yet to be found. And who WOULDN'T want that?
Fun fact: Due to the high fuel prices, the demand for a Shelby Europa was not very big. Not many Scandinavians were drawn to Muscle Cars in that time period.
( 1972 Shelby Europa GT350 photo from 7173mustangs.com )