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An AC Shelby in the wood shed!
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bandersnatch    Posted 12-14-2004 at 09:38:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
Saw a sign about hay fer sale and called. Made arrangements to pick some up that afternoon and went to the place. There's a wood shed next to the barn with a saggy roof and the side walls are racked out of plumb quite a few inches. As I drive passed the shed toward the barn, I see an old sports car buried under dust, dirt and chicken crap. I got out and walked over to take a look, and there is an old AC Shelby, looked to be medium blue with a white stripe. Little windshield and an upside down "u" for a roll bar behind the driver seat. no roof at all. seats all dirty and cracked. Since the hay was only $2.00 a bale, I figured I'd ask the guy about the "old car" in the shed. He said he turned down $35,000 three months ago. He was plannin to fix it up next summer. I asked how he got it. He said he sold a business back in the sixties and had more $$ than brains and happened into a car lot where the thing was sitting. His woman left because of the money he blew on the car. When he finally learned to do laundry and cook he realized he could get all the woman he wanted with the car and none of the side affects. Then he met a woman who understood him a little better and he parked the car when they got married. He promised he wouldn't fix it or drive it until their kids were all through college. He said that is next June. (I swear I heard a tune in the backround, something about a two dollar pistol.)

Willy-N    Posted 12-14-2004 at 18:33:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
That is how I got my 1967 Shelby GT 500 I saw it under a tree coverd with leaves! I ask around and found the owner of it and wonderd why it was there. He told me it was way to fast and allmost got him killed! I asked if he wanted to get rid of it and he said make a affer. I was driving my Real Nice looking 69 Camero then and said you want to trade straite accross? Yep since mine was all shiny and his was all dirty we made the deal. All I had to do was put fresh gass in it give it a good bath and on the road it was. It had 32,000 miles on it the Camero had allmost 100,000 miles! I got the better end of that deal and had a blast owning it. After I got rid of it I quit racing cars figured I would never have one as fast again! Mark H.

Jimbob -- True Story    Posted 12-14-2004 at 18:10:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
I was a young kid cruising out in the country (Metamora, MI) and spotted a sports car in a stone garage about 200 feet from this tidy farm house. The owner was not home, but the hired help said I could look at it. They explained the older lady in her late 60s bought it new in 1959, but has not driven it for many years.

It was a 1959 Ferrari V12 Superfast convertible. It had an all aluminum body (found out later) & had about 24,000 miles on the odometer. This car was about flawless condition. Story from the hired help was she wanted the fastest car Ferrari built that year.

I visited a few times but never found the lady home.

Anyways, many years later I found out only a few dozen were ever built & the president of PAN AM airlines found it by searching sales records in Italy. It is worth millions today.

zoom zoom zoom    Posted 12-14-2004 at 11:36:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
carrol built one heck of a sports car. used a lot of english design, but then figured on them ford v8s to give them the go.

years ago our innsurance man had an ac cobra with 427. it looked fast just idling. wonder what that thing would be worth now?

Darryl - MO    Posted 12-14-2004 at 16:17:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
<< wonder what that thing would be worth now? >>

I saw a pretty nice one with a bit of 'history' go for about $380,000 on the Barrett-Jackson auction. I think a few were still made for the 1967 model year and a 427 SC sold for around $7,200 - $7,500. I've heard of really pristine examples going for $400,000+ out on the 'left coast'. Wish I'd begged, borrowed, or stolen every dollar available back then and invested in a few. Probably would have killed myself in one long ago, though. Carroll Shelby was/is quite a character and a very interesting man.

Greg S    Posted 12-14-2004 at 14:37:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Take the price above add another zero and mutiply by three.

Dang...    Posted 12-14-2004 at 09:43:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
Tell him I want it too...


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