Keeping with the recent theme of barn find and long lost Mustang here’s a fine example of a ‘survivor’ Shelby GT500 that has been tucked away from the elements for quite a few decades.
The owner ofr the Ebay listing claims the car is an “Original and un-restored low mileage Shelby that runs and drives excellent.” The car even retains it’s original owner’s manual and build sheet still taped to wiring harness behind instrument cluster.
Although it is claimed the car is “100% original interior. Never painted with original drivetrain.” One has to be skeptical these days and we’d always recommend you take an expert with you if you were ever in a buying situation.
Check out the listing here.
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.
Finding a Mustang hidden in a barn is something we can all dream about. But finding a genuine Shelby GT500 convertible is another story. As is this case. But before you go reaching for your wallet take a close look. This Shelby has seen better days.
The photos tell the story. Unfortunately this car is full of rust and would be a long road to bring it back to its former glory. The floors appear to have been rusted right through and just about everything else on the car needs attention. This would make quite an expensive and lengthy restoration for the lucky person who manages to purchase it.
The vehicle is a documented 428 Cobra Jet engine with a 4-speed manual transmission and is 1 of 408 convertibles, 1of 153 engine with manual trans and 1 of 197 with lime gold paint according the the Marti Report.
It’s always interesting when we find stories about vintage Mustangs and celebrities and it’s even better when that Mustang is a Shelby. How can we forget Jim Morrison’s 1967 GT500?
This time around comes an interesting story of Sean Penn’s former 1968 Shelby GT500 that was given to him by Madonna as a wedding gift in 1985. The car was even used on the day in the bridal party.
What makes this car even more interesting is it is one of the ‘Brat Pack‘ vehicles that Penn, Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland and others would drive around Beverly Hills and get themselves into trouble with.
Back when the current owner, Mark Goodal, happened upon the car he stated:
Mega find day for me, this is the actual Shelby bought by Madonna for Sean Penn for there 1985 Wedding, it was actaully used in the Wedding Parade aswell, apart from that its stunning with just 59,969 miles, 4 speed tranny (one of 153 made).
For enquires on the car please contact Mark Goodal – 407-729-6957
We always love finding TV episodes, documentaries and reviews that cover the Mustang and Shelby Mustang models here at 67mustangblog. And we’re always amazed that more keep popping up which serves to prove that the Ford Mustang, so many years on, is one of the most popular muscle cars around.
This time we’ve come across an episode of SPEEDtv’s American Muscle Car which features the one and only Shelby GT350. The episode gives you the full history of the car and features lots of great stock and racing heritage footage.
If you haven’t seen it already make sure you do! Enjoy
It’s safe to say for just about every Mustang enthusiast the thought of owning a genuine 1967 Shelby GT500 is stuff of dreams. What’s better than owning one you say? Well how about the GT500 with the lowest mileage in existence? That’s just what is up for auction in January at the Barrett-Jackson auction at WestWorld of Scottsdale.
The 1967 GT500 (Lot #5024) is not only the lowest mileage with only 9,841 on the clock but it is also all original and unrestored.
The Shelby is owned by Stephen Becker, president and CEO of Planet Cobra, which specializes in offering 1965-1970 Shelby Mustangs to clients internationally. He and Shelby expert Jim Cowles will be on-site to answer questions about the car and meet with individuals and discuss the vintage Shelby market.
“This car was one of the first GT500’s ever produced by Shelby American,” Becker said. “From its design and performance to its heritage and history, there’s truly nothing like it. It is a testament to the uniqueness of this special survivor Shelby that Barrett-Jackson will feature it as they honor Carroll Shelby this year.”
Barrett-Jackson plans to honor the late Mr. Shelby, who died in May 2012, with a party commemorating what would have been his 90th birthday on January 11. From the gala to an amazing group of the most desirable Shelby cars that will cross the block, the Scottsdale event will honor the automotive legend.
“Carroll Shelby was an American icon whose influence will continue to shape the automotive landscape for years,” said Steve Davis, president of Barrett-Jackson. “The ’67 Shelby GT500s were a major milestone for Shelby American with its big block power and larger platform. Low-mileage survivor cars like this one from Stephen Becker, who is a recognized Shelby expert, are often cited as desirable collectibles. Not only do they provide a way to keep Carroll Shelby’s legacy alive, they are important pieces of history.”
The car has an intriguing history. In 1966, Edward Milkos ordered the ’67 Shelby for drag racing. After the car was delivered on February 27, 1967, he spent the next two years competing in races. Unfortunately, his amateur racing career ended with a serious injury. By the time Milkos recovered, fuel prices had risen dramatically and the car was stored in his basement. After 30 years, Milkos traded in the Shelby for a late-model car.
This GT500 is in Nightmist Blue with black interior, a color combination highly desired by collectors. It is loaded with a 428 Police Interceptor engine and a dual four-barrel carburetion. The car has its original paint, wheel, tires and drivetrain. It includes all original documentation including New Jersey license plates and a 1970 inspection sticker.
Displayed at the Shelby Headquarters in Las Vegas, the GT500 went on tour in 2010. It was one of 20 vehicles invited to the Shelby tribute at the Quail in Monterey and appeared at the SAAC convention.
“This original, unrestored, well-documented, all-matching numbers vehicle is one of the rarest Shelby’s ever built,” Becker said. “This low mileage Shelby still has its original engine, transmission and rear end. I hope that it will go to someone who will understand and appreciate its value. It would certainly be the crown jewel of any collection.”
The Barrett-Jackson auction takes place Jan 13-20 at WestWorld of Scottsdale, with 39 hours of live coverage on SPEED. For more information about the January event, see Barrett-Jackson.com.