There is no doubt that original, unrestored cars are one of the hottest segments of the collector car market right now. This 1969 Shelby GT500 definitely ticks off all of the right boxes for what could be some spirited bidding when it goes to auction in late April. Only 8,531 original miles, (mostly) original paint, one owner and a part of local folklore in its home town of Centre Hall, Pennsylvania. So what is the twist here? It is not being shipped to Scottsdale, Arizona for a big glitzy prime time auction, but it is being sold directly from the estate of the owner by a local auction house. No online or phone bidding here, you’ll have to attend to bid.
Though arguably the least attractive of the original Shelby Mustangs, the Black Jade paint suits the lines of the fiberglass front fenders and the balance of the Shelby styling cues. For some reason, even with less than 10K miles on the odometer, the auction house estimates only 70% to 75% of the paint is the factory original. With no explanation as to why one can only speculate – Poor storage? Did something fall on it? Was there a mishap when new? All seem unlikely considering how meticulous the original owner is described as being.
One would have to assume the engine is the original but no mention of “numbers matching” in the description. Perhaps the serial number stamping location on the back of the engine is not known or too difficult to get at for the selling auction house. The original emissions equipment was removed from the car but it all has been kept and remains with the car.
The interior definitely looks appropriate for the mileage with no issues of note. It looks like something did sit for far too long on the passenger seat though. A great deal of original paperwork comes with the car including the Shelby window sticker, bill of sale, build sheet, owner’s manual, warranty card, title and registration documentation.
It will be interesting to see what this one sells for at this venue as we’re sure it will show up at the next round of the Arizona auctions with the expectations of a profit for the car’s new second owner. Time will tell. It will go to the highest bidder on Friday April 25th at 107 W. Ridge St., Centre Hall, PA. 16828. For more pictures and information visit the Ron Gilligan Auctioneering website.