Hitching Post: 1967 Shelby GT500

When we opened this submission from fellow barn finder James, what we saw was not what we were expecting. We’ve seen plenty of cars and trucks with trees sprouting from them, but never have we seen such a sad sight as this. James believes this car to be a real 1967 Shelby GT500 and he and his father have known about this car since he was a kid.

Here is what James had to say about the car, “I guess it’s been at least 25 years since I last saw this car, and while I was visiting North Georgia I thought I would drive over to the owners house to see if it was still there…..to my surprise there she sat in the exact same place as I had seen it years before.”

“My father knows the owner and told me he claims this was a two production request car made directly by Ford to Shelby Motorsports.  The car is a 1967 GT500, but was sent back to Shelby to have a 1968 front end put on it to promote the new car. ”

“The car has the original 427 Side Oiler block sitting in the car, as well as a new crank still in the box.  I remember seeing some pictures of the car being raced when I was a kid…..I guess that’s why it had the 427 instead of the 428.”

“As you can see from the pictures, the car was going to be remodeled and the owner bought all new OEM parts from Ford that are still sitting in the car in the original wax ford paper…this was exactly how it sat when I was a kid.”

“I knocked on the guy’s door and he wasn’t there. I have no idea if he would sell the car or not…and for that matter if it can be salvaged. I just thought it was a pretty neat find.”

We have to agree with James, this is a pretty neat find indeed. This car is very rough, but if the owner is willing to sell it, we are sure the right buyer could restore it back to its original beauty. Special thanks go out to James for sharing this amazing find with us. Hopefully the owner decides to sell the car, if they do we will be sure to let everyone know.

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Comments

  1. Gnrdude

    Eeeeeek GAAAD The horror The Horror……..

  2. Josh H.

    Oh how I would love to sink my teeth into that project. It would pay you back in heaps.

  3. Corey

    I don’t even know what to think of this….sweet and sickening at the same time….

  4. keith

    hopefully the tree’s are included too

  5. Sunbeamdon

    Well, bless my ash!

  6. josh

    That actually looks a lot better then I thought it would, I would restore it!

  7. kurt brazee

    First of all everything is for sale you just have to want it more than the owner. An nowadays anything can be restored as long as there is a vin….. shed a tear when i saw these pics.

  8. J. Pickett

    What a waste, If all the people who let cars rot for years, Oh, well, this one is definitely worth saving especially if the numbers, both serial and price are right, Shel probably would have remembered it. To bad he’s gone, he can’t sign it.

  9. Jake Raby

    This car is less than 5 miles from my shop.. I also saw it as a kid and I agree with James, its exactly the way it always has been.. Amazing.

    • tyler

      hey Jake wondering if you have the sellers info or his location I’m in the Georgia area and i hate to know its close just rotting away

  10. Cardog

    Ok, maybe a Shelby and all but still just a $500.00 junk car at most. Hopefully someone with as lot of time and some cash buys it and restores it.

  11. Anonymous

    damn! what a waste!

  12. James

    If any of you guys that live close to this car have any contact with the owner, I would love to buy this car and restore it. Please email me if you can get contact info for the owner.

  13. eric

    Owner is a horse rancher, and has the most outstanding in his field

  14. Big Al

    I would hope that the owner would “SELL” the car, not “SALE” it… But that is just me…
    ;-)

  15. Dolphin

    Some people don’t deserve to own a good car.
    This guy should be condemned to drive a Trabant for the rest of his life.

  16. BradL

    Strangely, this will probably sell for more in this condition than it would have brought when it was first parked there.

  17. karl

    The owner should be condemned to a flogging, a la Royal Navy, and then told that he can avoid his appointment with the cat-o-nine-tails if he signs the title over to someone who’ll restore this gem properly.

  18. first time

    As a Chevy guy, I see nothing wrong with these pictures. :)

  19. Keith

    I am interested in buying this beauty also. Please email me if it is available. Thx to James for posting it!

  20. erikj

    to first time: I love chevs,mopars all that american iron-thats history. That shelby is a crime- to put this in prospective, what if that was pics of ,say a copo chev maybe a yenko then you might get this. I sure hope someone finds the owner and they let loose be fore it really a gonner.

  21. Doc

    Any person who leaves a classic car out to rot on the grass, should have their license revoked and all their cars confiscated ! What a crime ! I know a guy in Aston PA who put all his fathers cars from the 20s and 30s outside to rot for years. It makes me sick.

  22. john gousse

    If this an original 427 car that would be the find of a lifetime. This thing should be restored!

  23. James

    Just drive up with a tow truck and take it.. who cares? Oops did I say that out loud?

  24. I Car

    I love it the way it is, hope it stays this way. I know so many Shelby owners who never drive their cars, or have them in various stages of disrepair in their garages. They call it repair and restoration but they never make any progress on them year after year. THAT is the waste. Posers who think they have something important and think they are important but just have a broken car thats put to no good use. Owners who only take them only to car shows on sunny days where they sit around all day talking about data coded nuts and think they are somebody. Sell it to somebody who will do something good with it.

    I love this because its something you don’t see and will never see if all of these cars are restored. If they are all restored they will only be seen in museums which is what a show is.

    If I were the car I wonder if I would prefer to be neglected this way or if it would be worse to be in pieces in an owner’s garage or in storage or restored and never driven. All would be equally painfull to me. I would want to be out on the road, wheels turning, motor roring being appreciated, not some owner’s fantasy.

  25. Regis

    Please let someone bring that beauty back to life !!!!!!!!!!!!! :o)

  26. KAMDYN

    PLEASE PLEASE, find out if he will sell this!!! Very interested buyer here!!

  27. KAMDYN

    Please contact me, Im more than interested in this find!!

  28. Anonymous

    Assuming it is a real Shelby and assuming one could buy it for a reasonable price and after the restoration costs are over $60K Plus………….you then own a restored, heavy, old Mustang. Better off with done ’70 Boss 302 for less………….

  29. Anonymous

    truly sad, such potential , such a rare car hopefully the owner will break their bond with the car in light of seeing it brought back to its original glory. A daunting task even for the most skilled of restorers though, even assuming alot of that is surface rust. Great project for someone with alot of disposable income tho, put 60k- 70k in you’ll probably get double that back when its done, considering a good portion of the parts are there.

  30. Jeff

    I used to love those old mustangs, had a numbers matching mach 1 with a toploader and a 351C 4v. At the end of the day, I would much rather own a 2013 boss 302. Call it blasphemy but as much as an old muscle car with a solid lifter cam and a stick is neat to drive, the wheelbarrow like handling, 12mpg, lack of a decent sound system (that you can actually hear) and sweaty vinyl interior just doesn’t do it for me anymore.

  31. cameron

    If you still have it please let me know will make a trip from Virginia Beach to buy and restore because it iis a good project and i have wanted it since i was 5 years old.

  32. Nick

    well I have heard that fords where found dead on the sides of roads.

  33. Burt

    Please let me know if and when the owner decides to sell

  34. mousepumper

    This is a 1968. Why does the story title say 1967?

    Notice the side marker lights and the old T-Bird taillights…

    • Kent

      ‘Bout TIME someone noticed it’s actually just a ’68!

  35. David

    I am interested in buying this beauty also. Please email me if it is available. thanks .

  36. Ken

    I’m interested in this also.
    I’ll come with a trailer and pick it up in person.

  37. truck1

    SOMEBODY !!!! My brother was the 2nd owner of this car. Bought out of personal collection from owner of Ford dealership. The history is out of this world as to how this car was campaigned by Ford Motor Co. Brother bought car in 1968. Car was stolen from Forest Park Ga in 1970. Never a word in 40 years to the date, when stolen. Found the car from talking with people, attending the Moonshine Festival. Was told not to go there as a stranger, he would shoot at you, and he did! Story is, he wants no one to know about the car, period. Have tried for 2 years to talk with current owner. If someone knows how to get in touch with him, please let me know. I WANT IT BACK. Thanks Yall

  38. Wayne

    If it’s stolen and you’ve found it “truck1″ then surely your story would be validated by a report to the police.

  39. Gary

    About the same condition I found my 68 GT/CS in….

  40. truck1

    Surprise ! This car was stolen from my brother in Forest Park Ga.He bought it from Wayne, who worked with Ford, and was campaigned by A local Ford dealer in Atlanta Ga. We have the complete history of this car. Have spoken to the original owner several times, and what info is posted is correct. This car sat in a salvage yard For years, after being stolen, and about 5 years layer was sold on the courthouse steps, to it current owner. I personally have tried a couple of time to contact the current owner, but have been told to leave it alone, there have been some out of normal suggestions made about the current owner. They do have Guns. Be glad to share more history with anyone interested. I personally outran a lot of vehicles in my area with this car . The fun was incredible

  41. geoffery

    Just my opinion, but it probably isn’t for sale. What a bummer

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