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.