1967 Shelby GT500
Lot 848 | Passion for the Drive: The Cars of Jim Taylor | Estimate: $200,000 - $250,000
Chassis No. 67402F4A00928
Shelbys led hard lives; it is a fact. They were high-performance cars, meant to go fast with brave drivers, and most of them did. Accordingly, it is rare to find one that has largely been preserved, but such is the 1967 GT500 offered here.
This car was finished in Wimbledon White with blue stripes, the iconic Shelby colors, and equipped with desirable inboard headlights, four-speed manual transmission, power steering, and power disc brakes. According to the SAAC Shelby Registry, it was completed April 6, 1967, and shipped on July 12th to Hayward Motors of Hayward, California. On August 20th it was purchased by the original owner, H.T. Kentner of Hayward. Later owners included Mike Gatt of Grants Pass, Oregon; Dan Caswell of Hillsboro, Oregon; and Devon Hiney of Wimbley, Alberta; it is noted in the Registry with the comment 'last reported to be original/unrestored.'
Indeed it is. Preserved lovingly in Jim Taylor's ownership, the car's exterior was refinished decades ago but is beginning to once again show a charming patina, consistent with the rest of the car. The body is completely rust-free as one would expect of a 'California car,' with primer drips still visible on the floor pans. The interior retains the original seat upholstery and dash pad, both in very good condition, as well as the original shifter, while the carpeting was replaced long ago in the proper, now-unobtainable 80/20 nylon loop material. The original wood-rimmed steering wheel and AM radio are still in place, along with shoulder harnesses, the original gauge pod under the radio, and a folding rear seat accompanied by a matching spare wheel and tire. Interestingly the car is equipped with a trunk light, which is very seldom seen.
Mechanically the car retains its original factory exhaust system, including the transverse muffler, something almost never seen today. The engine is dated for December 1967 and thus is likely a replacement block, but has plugs in the head for emissions equipment, indicating it was probably fitted early on in California; it is mounted with twin Holley 600 carburetors on an original intake manifold, and retains an original air cleaner with its part number still visible. Inspection shows the original Shelby confidential number clearly visible on the shock tower, as well as the original Shelby identification tag on the left front fender with untouched factory spot welds and undercoating throughout – indications of a trauma-free life. Optional cast aluminum 10-spoke wheels are fitted, shod in Goodyear Speedway Polyglas tires. At the time of cataloging, the car had recorded 50,706 miles.
This is an exemplary survivor, never abused or discarded at any point in its life, with excellent history and authenticity literally visible in every nut and bolt.