From Matt S – Coming off the line near the end of the 562 car production run, this car has been in the same family since birth, owned by two brothers. Those two brothers were my father and my uncle. The story of how my dad came to be the owner of this car always amuses me. His older brother originally bought the Shelby when it was brand new and the first of a new kind from Shelby. From that time, my dad acquired some Mustangs of his own; a 67 convertible, two 68 fastbacks, and a 70 Grande with the 351 Cleveland engine. But never a Shelby…
Then one day in January of 1974, my dad and his older brother were talking. At some point in the conversation, my uncle began lamenting that he had no vehicle with which to transport his dirt bikes to and fro. My dad, jokingly, offered to trade my uncle the Shelby for his own Ford. A Ford Ranchero, as it happens; was perfect for hauling around dirt bikes. My uncle thought it over and to my dad’s shock agreed and like that, my dad became the new owner of this beautiful piece of automobile history.
Fast forward to today, I hadn’t seen the Shelby until my dad passed away earlier this year from cancer. He had spent the last 15 years building and flying an experimental airplane and the Shelby got relegated to the small barn on our property to make room in the garage for airplane wings and fuselages and the like.
I pulled the Shelby out of the barn, dusted it off, and pushed it into the garage with the help of a friend. I have not so much as turned the key in the ignition. As I haven’t wanted to touch the engine, I can’t say what state it is in. However, we recently got the car appraised by the Auto Appraisal Group to document that it is, in fact, authentic. Here is an excerpt from the appraisal that was recently performed on the car:
“Not running for several years. Garage kept. Exterior displays an older partial repaint, fiberglass hood, and rusty Shelby mag wheels. Interior shows normal wear. Replacement Cobra steering wheel and Hurst shifter. Features include tubular exhaust headers, front fender brace, front sway bar, front disc brakes, tachometer, and AM radio.”
It is painted the traditional Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue rocker stripes and optional Le Mans top stripes. She’s seen better days, but for a 50 year old muscle car she is awe inspiring nonetheless; a dream project for the true admirer.
This one is located in Texas and more photos can be found here on Dropbox. Matt is asking $115,000 and you can
contact him via email if interested. Thanks for giving us the privilege of featuring your father’s car Matt! We hope it finds a good home. If you have a classic that you’re thinking about selling, please consider listing it with us first!
UPDATE: Matt has been inundated with emails, but he is currently working through them in the order received. We have pulled the link to his email address temporarily so he can have a chance to catch up. We will update the story once we hear more.
UPDATE: Here’s the number (SFM5S553) that everyone was asking to see. I’m sure the registry guys will be excited and it should help clear up any doubts. Looks legit to me. What do you guys think?