Barn find Shelby GT500 Fastback heading for Mecum block

Car will be offered in 'as-is' condition, dust and all

A barn-find 1968 Shelby GT500 Fastback will roll across the Mecum auction block in Indianapolis next month, according to the company’s sale docket.

The car, which bears Shelby No. 00889, was found in a barn in Texas in the mid-2000s by noted collector Amos Minter. The lot description claims this was the only Shelby GT500 painted Raven Black that was sent to Texas in 1968. It is one of 1,044 produced in 1968.

“The fourth year offered a combination of performance, handling, comfort and distinctive styling that included a Shelby-only fiberglass nose, hood with forward-placed twin scoops, and a rear end with sequential 1965 Thunderbird tail lights,” the lot description read.

“The Mustang’s Deluxe interior was enhanced by a Shelby console, padded armrest with embossed Shelby snake logo, and a roll bar.”

The barn find GT500 was equipped at the factory with a black interior, power steering, power front disc brakes, a Philco AM radio and tilt steering column, the description says. It has a 428cid Police Interceptor engine with a Holley 715 CFM 4-barrel carburetor and rated at 360 horsepower. That is mated with a 4-speed manual transmission.

At some point, the original wheels were exchanged with Shelby aluminum 10-spokes; the paint is mostly original. The mechanicals were rebuilt, but the exterior and interior look as they did when they rolled out of the barn. Aside from that, the car is as it was when it came off the production line, the catalog says.

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It’s tough to say how much the GT500 will command on the block. Mecum’s listing does not include an estimated sale price for the car. The Hagerty Price Guide says a similar car in concours condition is worth about $160,000, but given the fervor for original barn finds, this GT500 could fetch more.

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  • Christopher Richard
    April 10, 2019, 3:05 PM

    You know it is a TX barn car because of the "mud dobber" nest on the drivers window. They seem to sprout everywhere in barns in TX

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    • Ryan Corman@Christopher Richard
      April 10, 2019, 6:00 PM

      Mud daubers are really a problem in Indiana, too.
      Don’t provoke them, they don’t lose their stinger and die like honeybees, and will keep coming back to hitcha again & again, ‘cuz, wasps.

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  • jack nelson
    April 11, 2019, 7:32 AM

    I tend to think that "Barn-find patina" mania, eg dust, dirt & dobbers in this case, has run it course.
    Just think what would you do with car?…drive it as-is…or CLEAN it? One man’s opinion.

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  • Fred Turpen
    April 11, 2019, 1:24 PM

    Would not put furniture polish on the Ten Commandments if they were found…right?

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