Barn find: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 from 1968 (2019)

Barn find 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
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N ot buried, hidden in a junk garage or nailed up behind a plywood wall: this 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is a real barn find. The heavily weathered barn from which it comes is in the US state of Texas. The Mustang was found there ten years ago - and its owner, the car collector and vehicle restorer Amos Minter from Dallas, Texas, has kept it in its cool, rotten look from 2009 to this day.

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Real Texan barn: If you look closely, you will see the Shelby on the far right in the low shed.

Matching engine - from a different car

The pitch-black two-door is one of 1,020 GT500 Fastbacks that were built in 1968. It is not in its original factory condition. At some point one of its owners exchanged the original automatic transmission for a four-speed manual transmission. The 428/360 hp Interceptor V8 (displacement 428 cubic inches: 7 liters /power 360 hp: 365 hp) with Holley quadruple carburetor comes from this model series, but has no 'matching number'. So the engine doesn't have a number that matches the body, wasn't in this Mustang Shelby GT500 when it rolled off the assembly line in 1968.

Exciting price

Amos Minter will be selling the Shelby in May 2019 an auction by Mecum Auctions in Indianapolis, the capital of the US state Indiana. A price estimate is difficult due to the retrofitted manual gearbox and the engine from another Shelby. Well-preserved models now cost around $ 100,000 (currently around 88,662 euros), top vehicles change hands for 150,000 dollars (132,993 euros). So it's exciting what collectors will be spending on the barn Shelby in mid-May.

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