When we got the call from our pal Jon at Tube Chassis Designz that we needed to get down to his shop to see something cool, we jumped in the car and went. We were greeted with one of the coolest single cars we have ever seen. This is a factory stock 1967 Shelby GT500 that sat outside in Death Valley, California for more than 25 years before being found and rescued by a Massachusetts buyer. It is a legit car with the proper Shelby ID tag on the fender, wooden steering wheel, fiberglass hood and deck lid with spoiler, center grouped driving lights, four speed manual transmission, dual quad topped 428 and Shelby badging. This 1967 Shelby GT500 is a true time capsule and the owner knows it. He is having the 428 pulled out to get cleaned up internally and once it is ready to run, it is going back in the car and he is leaving the exterior untouched, which we think is boss!
The guy who bought the car is a dedicated Ford collector and he has a great collection of rare blue oval pieces. He heard about this car and snapped it up as soon as possible. We’re not sure why it was left to sit for 25 years outside in the desert, but on some level we love that it was. Being that the hood and trunk lid are ‘glass, you can see that the paint was literally sand blasted off of them over the time it was left in the elements. Reportedly the doors were filled halfway up with silt-like sand when the car first made it home. It is wearing old school Firestone Wide Oval tires which we think date from the 1970s. The car actually had a trailer hitch on it when it came back to Massachusetts! Imagine towing your boat to the lake in a GT500!
Some work has already been performed as you’ll see the bright red shock absorbers in the engine bay. Other than touching up the brakes and making sure the electrical is functional, this thing is going to be driven as is. In fact, we’re going to beg and plead with the owner to actually roll around in this car a little when it is done. It will be great to do a full feature on the car when it is back on the road.
Hit the link below to see more than 50 photos of this totally kick ass 1967 Shelby GT500 and stay tuned for a full feature coming up on BangShift!