Police officers find a stolen 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 in a field in the US state of Oklahoma - unfortunately incomplete and in deplorable condition.
The site is a field loosely strewn with scrap and garbage, which is located in the southwest of Tulsa (Oklahoma) bordering Mounds: According to a tip from the population, the city police have a missing Ford Mustang 1967 Shelby GT500 found again. The thieves stole the vehicle in early January and have now apparently partially dismantled it - but left the most valuable parts behind.
Disguised with rags
Rags, insulating material and undergrowth should probably camouflage the stolen Super Mustang. Under the cover, it was revealed to the police that someone has since removed large parts of the body: the front grille, the hood, the side fenders and the two doors are missing. The expensive 7.0-liter V8 engine is still there - including the cooling system. According to the police, the drive is intact. And the centrally arranged auxiliary headlights are still on the front, just like the interior still seems to be complete.
Search operation from the air
In the field, the police officers also found a stolen dump truck and an unspecified stolen sedan. After tips and interviews, the police launched a large-scale search operation from the air - despite camouflage, the officers found the classic car.
Ford built 2,048 GT500s in 1967, depending on its condition, one is currently worth between 120,000 and 300,000 dollars (currently the equivalent of around 105,083 to 262,711 euros). Selling such a rare and high-quality but stolen collector's car is considered difficult - which is why the thieves may have been trying to make money off the parts. The car is now badly damaged but drivable and repairable.,
Suspect from moving company
In connection with the vehicle theft, the police arrested three suspects, one of them works for a moving company that the owner of the Shelby GT500 hires had. The thieves stole the car from a locked warehouse. In this case, the police expect further arrests, and the car will be returned to the owner.
The 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 now found in a field is worth between $120,000 and $300,000 depending on its condition. No wonder he has aroused the desires of thieves. However, these thieves apparently did not manage to sell the high-profile collector's car. But they dismantled many body parts that have not yet reappeared.
Luckily for the owner of the Shelby GT500, the thieves have not yet removed the expensive components such as the engine and cooling system. The car is still drivable and with a certain amount of effort the owner can at least restore it to its original condition.