Jerry Heasley has a knack for discovering barn finds, and this time he’s posted a real treasure trove of a muscle car on this YouTube channel. This 1967 Shelby GT500 is the real deal, as verified by a Shelby expert on the scene when the car is extracted from a barn in Iowa, where you can see other cars and many dusty items have resided for years on end.
From the very beginning, you can tell this scene wasn’t really staged. Some of these supposed barn finds look a little too clean for something which supposedly has been hidden away without a cover over it for a few decades. Other times there’s a very even, thin coat of dust on it, as if someone sprinkled whatever over the car to give it the appearance of having sat unkept for years. This Shelby, however, looks absolutely filthy. The tires are completely flat and amazingly appear to be what the car wore right off the Ford dealer lot.
Extracting the car from the barn is a bit of a process. The doors behind the car have been screwed shut, likely as a safety measure because the now-deceased owner was scared someone would steal his beloved muscle car. He also left an old engine and transmission against the door outside, making getting the Shelby out quite the process.
Not surprisingly, there are some interesting details on this GT500. It comes with an aftermarket air conditioning unit mounted under the center of the dash. That meant the gauges which were under the dash were relocated to the steering column, which is pretty innovative.
Having the Shelby expert on the scene proved to be invaluable, as they always are. He spotted things about the car immediately perhaps nobody else would have. We’ve all been in the situation of buying an old vehicle from someone, thinking we got something great, then realizing there were some surprises which popped that euphoria bubble. Getting an expert opinion before writing that check is a wise move.
Incidentally, they mention there are about a dozen other vehicles stashed in that barn. One of them is a 1965 Ford Falcon Sprint Convertible, which was absolutely buried in junk. There’s also a 1971 Plymouth Road Runner, but that one isn’t nearly as covered up. It’s amazing how some people stash away vehicles.
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