‘Praise the Lord, let’s save this Ford’

A rusty 1966 Shelby GT350 Hertz abandoned in a backyard almost 40 years ago is dug out of the ground with plans for restoration

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After hearing about “a Shelby in the woods,” restorer Rick Parker traveled with a friend to Mount Vernon, Ohio, where they found a genuine Ford Shelby GT350 Hertz in a rural backyard, deeply sunk into the dirt, where it had been parked four decades ago.

 This video from HotRod.com traces the complex process of professionally extricating the Shelby from the earth and separating it from the varmints and foliage that had taken it over. 

Back at the Signature Auto Classics shop, a crowd of Mustang and Shelby guys gathered to pore over the derelict Ford, determining its authenticity and deciding on a plan of attack for its restoration. 

After being buried up to its floor pan, the Mustang body is severely rusted, though the restoration crew seems confident they can repair the damage and decay.  If it were any lesser car than an original GT350H, it probably would have been a lost cause.  

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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