1967 Shelby GT 500
Year of manufacture1967
For more than three decades, this rare ’67 GT500 had been tucked away and forgotten. Sold new by Galpin Motors in Sepulveda, California, on 13 February 1967, it was dropped off at Glendale, California, Ford dealership for some brake work in 1981. For whatever reason, the owner never returned to pick up the car. A lien sale was initiated, and the Shelby was sold to a local enthusiast who drove it sparingly until the registration expired in 1985. It then sat for over 30 years before being liberated from dry, indoor, long-term storage.
Originally finished in Brittany Blue, it had been repainted once, many years ago, right over its original finish, in a slightly darker shade. With the exception of some filler in the rear wheel-well area (possibly modified to accommodate oversized tires), its bodywork was found to be wonderfully straight and rust-free. Hidden away from the sunlight, the original black interior has survived in remarkable condition. The basket-weave upholstery appears in fine condition, and the carpet is faded but original. The dash pad is a little wavy, but without any cracks; all side panels are intact, folding rear seats are beautiful, and the black headliner is in excellent condition. Even the original weather stripping is largely intact.
Looking at the pristinely preserved rubber pedal pads suggests the 29,619 miles shown on the odometer could be original. The four-speed, top-loader gearbox is original (casting #07RQ-1000-08), and all interior lights, switches, and instruments are said to operate, with the clock being the only notable exception.
Properly serviced and cared for, this Shelby runs very well, and the brutish sound of the twin-carbureted 428 engine is music to any enthusiast’s ears. The chance to acquire a GT500 in such an undisturbed, original state presents a rare and unique opportunity for an astute collector.
Please note that contrary to the catalogue description, this car has since been fully restored.
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