We really like a good barn discover here at Autoblog. We like that there is a palpable pleasure and sense of mystery surrounding barn finds. Each and every situation has its very own uniqueness to it, and this most recent discovery is no various: an unrestored, 1-owner 1969 Shelby GT500 with just 8,531 miles on it.
In the situation of this particular barn discover, a lot of of the normal inquiries have already been answered. For example, we know who owned it – his name was Larry Brown. He recently passed away, and as he had no wife or kids to inherit the estate, the car he purchased at Pennsylvania Ford dealer in May possibly of 1969, will be auctioned off by Ron Gilligan Auctioneers.
The car was fastidiously maintained, obtaining in no way been driven in the rain. In truth, Brown never even washed it, out of worry of it rusting. In accordance to the auction internet site, the last time this vehicle noticed water was almost certainly when it was detailed ahead of getting delivered to Brown. If that doesn’;t sound like a fanatical sense of upkeep on the portion of this GT500’;s proprietor, this subsequent component will. The interior has been handled to a similarly painstaking attempt at preservation, with garbage bags covering the seats and 2 layers of floor mats above the carpets. The consequence is a car that, aesthetically, is in outstanding form considering it really is invested so long in a barn.
Mechanically, all appears nicely. The auctioneers report that a new battery and a fresh tank of gasoline permitted the nearly 45-year-outdated car’;s 428-cubic-inch Cobra Jet V8 to fire up straight away. A 4-pace guide trans delivers that V8’;s grunt with the assist of a t-shaped shifter.
Brown’;s GT500 was bought for just $ 5,245 back in 1969. These days, the price is substantially higher. A quick search of Automobile Trader Classics discovered a 1969 GT500 coupe with 75,320 miles on the clock and an asking value of just underneath $ 90,000. Considering the unique, unrestored and reduced-mileage nature of Brown’;s car, we anticipate it to fetch a great bit much more than that.
The auction will be held on April 25, 2014 at 12:30 PM EST. Alongside the GT500, a 1971 Ford Ranchero GT and a 1974 Econoline (with just 554 miles on it) will be auctioned off. Click over to the auction webpage for Brown’;s possessions to get the total rundown on the GT500, such as photographs from its discovery.