A month ago, we brought you the story of the 1965 Shelby GT350 that was abandoned in a barn out in the middle of nowhere, was rescued and sold for $385,000 at the Barrett-Jackson Auto Auction.
Now here’s another great barn find, this time a 1967 Shelby GT500 that was found in Death Valley, California.
This particular Shelby GT500 is completely stock. It comes with the original wooden steering wheel, fiberglass hood, deck lid and spoiler, the center grouped driving lights, a four speed manual transmission, a dual quad topped 428 engine complete with Shelby badges, and the proper Shelby ID on the fender.
It sat in a Death Valley barn for more than 25 years until a buyer from Massachusetts saved it from the sand. After all those years in the desert, the big 428 needs some internal cleaning, though the owner intends to drop it right back in after it’s in working order. The rest of the car was supposedly half filled with sand, so its received some major emptying out and cleaning to get the sand out of everything. The electrical system is also getting a thorough check-out after 25 years of sitting, as are the brakes. The tires, old-school Firestone Wide Ovals, are quite dated as well, originating in the 1970s, and will almost assuredly need replacing.
The rest of the car, though, is going to remain untouched. The fiberglass hood, after sitting for 25 years in the desert wind and blowing sand, was completely, naturally sandblasted. The rest of it is in a decent shape, considering the age. The original Shelby badges look especially good after 25 years in the desert. The new owner, who is a Ford collector, wants to drive it in stock condition, which we think is pretty awesome.
What do you think of this barn find? Would you leave this 1967 Shelby GT500 in completely stock condition too? If not, what would you change?