UPDATE 1/21/11 - Sold for the fitting amount of $350k.
This could be one of the best muscle car barn finds to come to market so far this year. We can't think of too many things better than finding an original 1965 Shelby GT350. This one had been in the possession of the original owner since new all the way up until 2009. It is in amazing condition and has only covered 44k miles. If you are interested, this pony is going on the auction block in a few days. It will be offered by Barrett-Jackson in Scottsdale, Arizona this January 15th-22nd.
This pony's paint is all original and the Le Mans stripes show some nice patina. Very few of these cars actually came from the dealer with the stripes and we cant help but wonder if this was one of those cars. 1965 was the first year for the GT350 and by many is considered the best. These cars were stripped out and provided the closest thing to a Mustang race car you could get without building your own.
Inside things look showroom fresh. You can see the Shelby steering wheel with the shift stick poking out of the four speed transmission on the floor. Things look relatively tame here, but the photo doesn't show the roll bar and spare tire where the rear seat used to be. This thing was meant to race and most did. This one looks to have escaped the abuse that most race cars experience. It is good to see what these cars looked like when excited new owners picked them up from the dealer.
Here is the jewel of this Fastback. The K-Code 289 which was modified by Shelby to generate 306 horsepower. Everything here is numbers matching and the engine has obviously been gone through to make it drivable so the next owner can enjoy it. The GT350 also featured upgraded axles out back to help lay down all that power and better brakes to slow things down.
We are just amazed at all the survivor cars that are still being dug out and brought to auction every few months. We have no doubt that this example will bring crazy money at auction. The real winner here was the person who bought the car from the original owner back in 2009. It would be great to be able to buy this car, but part of the excitement of a barn find is making the discovery and getting it for a realistic price. At least this one includes a few photos documenting the find, but it is still not the same experience. Keep looking because you never know what you might find out there.