Monday, March 17, 2014

Wish I Had A Barn...

Because maybe it would have a find like the one Brad_in_MA e-mails about...

Rare Shelby Mustang unearthed after 40 years spent gathering dust, only 8,500 miles
It's not uncommon for rare vehicles to surface in a barn or rundown garage, encrusted in decades of dust, itching to be sold for a handsome profit. What is rare, however, is to find a one-owner, 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 — one of only about 1,000 ever made — resurface in its original condition, fastidiously maintained and never washed for fear of damaging the paint, with only 8,500 miles on the clock.

Just... Wow. Take a look at the car:

(picture from gallery)

A friend of mine, a serious motorhead (honestly, he makes me look like a piker and is a Master Mechanic for Ford) has a 1969 Ford Torino GT that he found in unrestored shape a few years back. It has been his ongoing project car since he got it home, with the goal of complete, period-correct restoration coming closer and closer. The Torino is the same age as my friend, and his goal is to have it roadworthy by his 45th birthday.

He'd be a lot closer if he had found this Shelby rather than the Torino. This car even has the original tires, kinda - they were replaced in the first 1,000 miles because they wouldn't hold a balance. Everything else on the car is original and mint - and the Shelby is only 1 out 1,000 to begin with.

It will be interesting to see what kind of money this car fetches at auction...

That is all.


libertyman said...

Makes one a little philosophical. Did the owner's enjoyment come from knowing he had a special car, and someday it would be worth a lot? He didm't drive it much, and as for not washing it, that is just silly.
Now he is dead, and that point becomes moot.
He had a nice custom van, too. And a bunch of other vehicles that weren't used much.
A real head scratcher.

Ted said...

I'd be more impressed if it were a gt350 rather than a 500. The 500's were built to be "stop light" specials, removed from the orgininal intent of the Shelby mustangs.
I've never understood the rational of squirreling away a car and not driving it regularly. Just starting it every few years does not keep the bushings in the suspension from drying out, the tires from turning into rocks. The belts from creaking. That car is going to need a lot of work before it is show ready. ...... And because they made 1000 of them it will never be a million dollar car. ( well until bread is $ 50 anway ).