The guys over at Hot Rod Magazine posted an awe-inspiring story this week we could all only dream about. Rich Barnes was towing home a nice rare 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT. 350 find home after finding it chained to a carport in Compton. Only to have the car on the trailer attract attention for all the right reasons.
After delivering a Ford Bronco to a customer Rich thought it would be a fun idea to go on a bit of a road trip in the hopes of tracking down a Mustang he saw in an obscure advertisement. He had spoken with the owner once before. He was reluctant to part with the rare car though Rich took a chance and went on the drive anyway. Rich didn’t realise the nature of Compton and it’s surrounding areas “I didn’t think anything of it until I started driving into the area and saw how depressed and trashed it was.” This would explain why the car was found chained to the car port.
Upon talking to the owner he found out the fastback had the original 302 J-code small-block under the hood, backed by a four-speed and a 9-inch rearend. Somebody had flared the fenders too. They also dropped the suspension and beefed up the stock brakes. It was one of 223 Hertz rental cars. The Wimbledon White Shelby had a little race history. The body was California rust-free. A deal was done and Rich parted with $8,200 and drove off with a nice 1968 Shelby GT350.
Now here’s were it gets interesting. While filling up with GAS somewhere outside Reno a bearded gentleman in his 70’s commented that he had one just like it but “it’s a GT500!”. The guy seemed genuine though was reluctant to take Rich to see it despite wanting to sell it.
Once Rich returned home he was straight on the phone and organised to go straight over as soon as possible. Upon inspecting the gentleman’s property Rich, to his amazement, did found the red Shelby GT500 in a shipping container. “We rolled it out and cleared things off, and it really looked like hell,” Rich remembers. “But underneath, the body was in really good shape with little or no rust. He showed me extra blocks, cranks, heads, trannys, and all these other parts that went with the car.”
I’m afraid that’s where the story ends with no mention from Rich if he was able to walk away with yet another rare find.
To read the full story head on over to Hot Rod Magazine. Highly recommended!
Photos and story courtesy of Muscle Car Review
Our friends over at HotRod.com have posted a great little story about a truly awesome barn find. Something we all wish we’d come across. A 1967 Shelby GT500.
The car, which belongs to Scott Drake’s Paul Kerner was recently displayed ‘as is’ at the Mustang 50th anniversary show in Las Vegas.
The car was purchased in 1997 as a true barn find. “A coworker found the car. He said it was coming out the next day in the local Recycler, so if I wanted the car, I had to buy it now.” So then and there the car was purchased for $14,000. Yes, you read that right.
The car has sat in his garage for quite some time and he admits it’s something he’s just “never got around to”.
Though what is interesting about the car is in 2003 a rep for Kylie Minogue got in touch wanting to buy it for $100,000 for her father Ron. Paul, in no hurry to sell, wanted $110k and so the deal didn’t happen.
Funnily enough only a six years later news hit that Ron Minogue got duped out of a fake 1968 GT500
So today the car still remains as it was found all those years ago. Head on over to HotRod.com for the full story and pictures.
This past weekend RK Motors Charlotte debut their custom 800hp, 527 cubic inch, 1967 Shelby GT500 at the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration in Charlotte. The car, dubbed the “RK527” certainly looks fantastic, however don’t let that fool you. The subtle looks don’t give much away. So much so she’s being branded the “Shelby Sleeper”. You see, if you simply looked down the body and glanced in the interior you would never guess what was waiting underneath the hood. Instead of following the normal choice of a 428, RK Motors chose to go with a Jon Kaase built all-aluminum 527 cubic inch Boss Nine V8 that churns out a dyno-verified 800 horsepower on pump gas. Trust us, you have never seen a Shelby GT500 tribute like this before.
The RK527 will be driven by Kauffman and co-pilot Johnston on the Hot Rod Power Tour in June. “We’re going to drive it from here to Wisconsin, over 1,400 miles, and then all the way back another 1,400,” said Johnston. For the full story head on over the RK Motors website.
[Source: RK Motors Charlotte]
It’s been 18 months since Carroll Shelby’s passing and sometimes we just love to be reminded about what the great man helped to build. This video is a perfect example. The GT350 and GT500 were the first aftermarket Mustangs to be offered and both came with powerful v-8 engines.
The sheer rarity and price tags Shelby vehicles fetch these days is a testament to his vision and overall the amazing vehicles he’s left with us.
Enjoy this short but beautiful video.