It’s a little known fact that Kylie Minogue‘s father Ron is an avid Mustang enthusiast. But the man with the famous daughters is actually a life member of the Victoria Mustang Owners Club So you would assume he knows his Mustangs. But unfortunetly Ron appears to have been taken for $180,000 Australian Dollars on a 1968 Mustangg he thought was a GT500 but all is not what it seems.
In 2008 Ron purchased the Candy Apple Red Car for $180,000 from a Shannons Auction. The car was sold as a genuine 1968 Shelby GT500, number 00635. A documented ex-promotional vehicle out of Dearborn, Michigan one of only 1020 built in 1968 and a classic collector’s item modified by Carroll Shelby.
Though all was not right when Ron brought it home with court documents filed in the Victorian County Court reportedly claiming identification marks had been removed or tampered with on the engine and the original restoration work was “of poor quality, incomplete and done to disguise the fact this is not a genuine Shelby”.
The vehicle was billed as a “blue-chip muscle car” and it fetched the highest price at the inaugural Brisbane International Motor Show auction last year when Mr Minogue bought it.
Though the seller, Brad Allen, claims he has been duped as well “If what he (Mr Minogue) is saying is true, then I am just as much a victim as he is,” he said.
He had bought the Mustang through a Sydney dealer three years ago, believing it to be a Shelby Mustang, and had not done any work on it. Mr Allen says he will fight claims he defrauded the superstar’s father.
Whatever the case, it will be interesting to follow this one. Here is the alleged fake backstory.
“Documented by the Shelby American Registry, this 1968 GT500 has build number 00635 and started life in Dearborn, Michigan as a Ford promotional vehicle. The car ended up in New York by the early 1970s and remained with the one owner until being sold to the present owner in 2005, whereupon it was imported into Australia. The Shelby underwent a total restoration in the mid-1990s to concours standard and has been rarely driven ever since – it has 83,000 miles showing. The vehicle comes with a long list of optional equipment, including the wheel lip moldings, tilt-away steering column, extra cooling package and the Interior Decor Group, AM radio, tacho and trip odometer. The car sits on a set of desirable 10-spoke Shelby cast aluminium 15-inch rims. Although the Marti report accompanying the car indicates it has saddle interior, this is incorrect – the door data tag indicates that ‘00635’ has always been black inside. The Shelby also comes with the original warranty plate and owner’s manual. To be sold unregistered.”
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