We've been heartbroken over scratched paint, but never this badly.
We've all heard a tale about a barn find - a classic car that has been discovered hidden away in someone's backyard, only for it to be restored to pristine condition and then be sold on for ludicrous amounts of money. Everything from David Brown's personal Aston Martin DB4 to a Lamborghini Miura that sold for $1.59 million.
One of our personal favorites was a rare Hertz Shelby GT350H - one of a number of Hertz special editions - but a similar find has just come up on eBay for a Mustang Shelby GT350 from 1968. The ad was first posted back in November, but was taken down and subsequently republished. The Shelby GT350 in question has been parked for 35 years, all because the owner scratched it and couldn't bear the thought of doing any more damage.
It was apparently bought in 1983 by the most recent owner, but parked just two years later after they pulled into a car wash too fast and slid into a wall, bumping the passenger-side front fender in the process. According to the advert, "he was so frustrated he just left and parked it and never drove it again, but kept the tags and insurance up to date for a few several years later in case he wanted to drive it."
It turns out he never did, and the seller is selling this barn find as a restoration project refusing to "spoil the fun for a true collector who would want to be the one who hears it crank up for the first time or wash it and see the beautiful paint, that's why I have not touched it."
That's right, all that dust is original 1985 dust, and the previous owner's student ID from 1984 is still in the car.
This isn't one of those incredible, low-mileage classics, though. The 250-horsepower 302 cu. in. V8 under the hood has helped the GT350 cover 82,603 miles in its lifetime. Apparently, everything including the three-speed automatic gearbox should be in running condition, although we'd make sure everything gets fresh fluids before turning the engine over. The only thing that's missing is the gas tank, which was removed by the previous owner.
At the time of writing, with two and a half days left to go until the hammer drops, the highest bid is pegged at $77,600. But the reserve has not yet been met, and nowhere does it indicate what the reserve price is.