Son Uncovers His Father’s 1965 Mustang Shelby GT350 After 15 Years in a Barn
Finding a classic car stashed away in a barn, garage, field, or cave is the dream of many an automotive enthusiast. A man in Texas recently realized that dream when he rolled is father's 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 out of the small barn it was stuck in while his father worked on building an experimental airplane. It's been sitting for 15 years, and the seller hasn't started it, opting instead to roll it from the barn where it was kept into a garage on the property. Hopefully that wasn't too far of a distance, because the car has just 19,458 original miles on it. RELATED: See Photos of the 1970 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
Unsure of the condition of the vehicle, and not wanting to damage anything, the seller took a hands off approach by opting to have Auto Appraisal Group give the car a going over. This is an excerpt from their report, which gives you a good idea of the state of this particular example of a legendary vehicle:
“Exterior displays an older partial repaint, fiberglass hood, and rusty Shelby mag wheels. Interior shows normal wear. Replacement Cobra steering wheel and Hurst shifter. Features include tubular exhaust headers, front fender brace, front sway bar, front disc brakes, tachometer, and AM radio.”
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Wimbeldon White with Guardsman Blue rocker and "LeMans" stripes is the most iconic of all the Mustang Shelby GT350s, though, only around 28 percent of those 1965 models had the LeMans option selected. The car has been verified as authentic and is mostly original, having only had the Cobra steering wheel and Hurst shifter replaced, and the aforementioned minor respray done. With only 562 GT350s having been built in '65, this is a rare car indeed, perhaps made even rarer by the story of how it came to be in the possession of the seller's father.
"Coming off the line near the end of the 562 car production run, this car has been in the same family since birth, owned by two brothers. Those two brothers were my father and my uncle. The story of how my dad came to be the owner of this car always amuses me. His older brother originally bought the Shelby when it was brand new and the first of a new kind from Shelby. From that time, my dad acquired some Mustangs of his own; a 67 convertible, two 68 fastbacks, and a 70 Grande with the 351 Cleveland engine. But never a Shelby…"
"Then one day in January of 1974, my dad and his older brother were talking. At some point in the conversation, my uncle began lamenting that he had no vehicle with which to transport his dirt bikes to and fro. My dad, jokingly, offered to trade my uncle the Shelby for his own Ford. A Ford Ranchero, as it happens; was perfect for hauling around dirt bikes. My uncle thought it over and to my dad’s shock agreed and like that, my dad became the new owner of this beautiful piece of automobile history."
A Ranchero for a Mustang Shelby GT350—now that's one hell of a trade, even in 1974. The seller is asking $115,000 for the vehicle, and can be contacted through Barn Finds via email. If you have the funds to take on such a project, I'd say this is more than worth it considering the history of the car.
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