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Footy legend Johnathan Thurston buys the most expensive Mustang EVER as a retirement present - but this pony has a special secret

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 2/11/2018 Kelsey Wilkie

Footy great Johnathan Thurston has been handed the keys to one of the most expensive Mustangs ever made as a retirement gift.

a car parked in a parking lot: Johanthan Thurston snared the keys to the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake at an auction on the Gold Coast in Queensland © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Johanthan Thurston snared the keys to the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake at an auction on the Gold Coast in Queensland The rugby league star hung up his boots this year after a career spanning 16 seasons and as a gift to himself he bought the classic vehicle.

The 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is rare with only 50 made and Thurston managed to snag one for about $400,000,  The Courier-Mail reported.

This Mustang is even more special than others as only two of its kind rolled off the production line with right-hand drive.

Thurston’s manager Sam Ayoub flew to the Gold Coast ahead of the Lloyds auction last month to haggle on Thurston’s behalf.

a person standing posing for the camera: Brisbane-born sports star Johnathan Thurston (pictured with his wife Samantha) decided to hang up his boots this year after a career spanning 16 seasons and as a gift to himself he bought a luxury vehicle © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Brisbane-born sports star Johnathan Thurston (pictured with his wife Samantha) decided to hang up his boots this year after a career spanning 16 seasons and as a gift to himself he bought a luxury vehicle

In June 2016, Johnathan announced his retirement, telling The Courier-Mail that he would finish up at the North Queensland Cowboys by the end of 2018. 

It will be a busy year ahead, as his wife Samantha announced in August that she was pregnant with the couple's fourth child. 

a couple of people that are standing in the grass: Thurston shared a special moment with daughters Frankie and Charlie after his last ever home game in Townsville this year © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Thurston shared a special moment with daughters Frankie and Charlie after his last ever home game in Townsville this year Thurston made his NRL debut for the Canterbury Bulldogs in 2002 before heading north of the border in 2005.

He is the only player to win the Dally M Medal four times - an award given to the best NRL player of the season.

Thurston represented Australian every year from 2006 to 2017 and played 36 consecutive matches for Queensland following his 2005 Origin debut.

a group of people standing in front of a crowd posing for the camera: In August his wife Samantha (pictured) shared on Instagram that she was pregnant with the couple’s fourth child © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited In August his wife Samantha (pictured) shared on Instagram that she was pregnant with the couple’s fourth child

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