OK, OK, yeah, we know. These barn finds do seem to get a tad wearing at times. That being said, seriously, this Ford Mustang isn’t one to simply flip past in haste. We don’t share every single “oh, man, that’s awesome” instance of these we come across. Sometimes, we think maybe we should…
Anyway–this 1969 Shelby GT500 Mustang is definitely one for the record books, given the fact every single facet of its life has zero room for doubt. How’s that? Let’s try for Larry Brown’s original bill of sale, loan amortization, maintenance records galore, and the ultimate testament to his preservation methodology: plastic trash bags. Oh, and the classic “this thing never sees rain” theology applies here, too.
All triteness aside, this Shelby GT500, with its sub-10,000 mileage, is for sure going to fetch an easy 6 figure auction price. Given the fact it’s made internet stardom in the past week or so only helps fuel the fire, too.
Think you have what it takes to bring this one home? Get your gilded pocketbook shined up, friends, because you have exactly 30 days to get it done. 4/25/2014 @ 12:30PM Eastern is when you could expect to toss your winning bid into the hat.
Until then, head over to the auctioneer’s page and drool over the original state in which the car was found, documentation images, and also auction details on some of the late Mr. Brown’s other clean Fords he had lying around…
Auction Page Excerpt
1969 Shelby Mustang GT-500 – One Owner – 8,531 original miles
We are offering this 1969 Shelby Mustang GT-500 (Shelby Serial Number 1946) from the estate of Larry A. Brown, the original owner of this unrestored Shelby Mustang with 8,531 actual miles. It is finished in Black Jade with a black interior and features a 428 Cobra Jet engine with a 4-speed transmission. The car appears to be in very good to excellent condition and includes thorough original documentation.
The Shelby American World Registry documents this car with Eger Motors, Inc., McKeesport, PA as the original Shelby selling dealer on May 9, 1969 with a MSRP of $5,245.79. Miller-McVeigh Ford, State College, PA was the local selling Ford dealer and performed the warranty work. The last warranty work performed by Miller–McVeigh (adjust door glass) in September 1969 documented the mileage at just 1,665 miles.
“As discovered” photos illustrate the garage find with decades of dust and a PA state inspection sticker that expired in January 1973. In addition, we located the car’s original smog system, shifter assembly, snorkel, S-tube, Shelby window sticker, bill of sale, build sheet, owner’s manual, warranty card, title, and registration documentation that will be included with the car.
It was widely known locally that this car was not driven in the rain or even washed out of concern that the water would introduce rust. If this car was hose washed since new, it probably occurred at the detail bay of the selling dealer before delivery. In storage, the owner kept the hood up (nice, straight fiberglass hood with no spring tension) and the trunk lid up with the trunk mat and underlayment removed. The seats were wrapped with garbage bags, and two layers of floor mats protected the original carpet.
Overall, the Shelby presents in very good to excellent condition with original and unrestored finishes. The exterior was carefully wiped down for evaluation, and the exterior finishes present nicely with approximately 70% to 75% of the paint appearing original. Other than some early paint touch-up, the car appears original and largely undisturbed with date coded parts and production line inspection marks as would be expected with 8,531 actual miles. With fresh fuel and a new battery, the car was recently started and should be running for evaluation at the sale.General