It could be argued that there is no greater feeling of absolute serendipity in a car lover’s universe than when one has the wonderful opportunity of stumbling upon automotive history. In this case, that place ended up being one ancestral barn belonging to a man by the name of Larry Brown, who owned this American gem ever since it rolled off the showroom floor some 45 years ago up until his death early this year.
As with any antique barn find, the story behind the vehicle is nearly as impressive as the vehicle itself, but when it comes down to it, one will find it difficult to compete with this magnificent 1969 Shelby GT-500.
The story behind the maintenance of this All-American beast makes the GT-500 sound about as special as a 2003 Toyota Camry. Consider the fact that this vehicle hasn’t once been driven in the rain, and then consider that Mr. Brown hadn’t ever set a wet sponge upon this vehicle in fear that it might rust–pretty unusual, right? As you might expect, with such impeccable care of the exterior, the car’s cabin received the same treatment, with the owner protecting the interior with garbage bags to cover the bucket seats and double-layered floor mats as well. Jay Leno, are you taking notes?
After a quick battery swap and a new tank of Premium, the 428 Cobra Jet powerplant started up as if it had been brand-new just yesterday. Speaking of brand new, this original machine cost $5,245 near half a century ago, with Mr. Brown’s investment set to take a rather impressive upward trend. This automobile will cross the auction block April 25th at Ron Gilligan Auctions in Pennsylvania with official time set for 30 minutes after noon.