Muscle Car

Barn-Find: Single-Owner 1969 Mustang Shelby GT500

Never washed cause owner didn’t want to damage the paint.

A Pennsylvania man named Larry Brown died late last year onhis birthday, leaving behind no next of kin, no will and no heirs. A sad storyindeed, but one that led to this amazing discovery: Brown had a 1969 MustangShelby GT500 in his house, one that he had purchased himself in May, 1969 forthe sum of $5,245.97. He stopped driving the car in 1973, putting it in hisgarage with 8,531 on the clock. From that day on, he maintained the car butnever washed it – weary of damaging the paint.

With no heirs to claim the car, the GT500 will now be put upfor public estate auction by Ron Gilligan Auctioneering. It comes with a 428Cobra Jet engine and four-speed transmission, and Goodyear tires that seem tohave been replaced in 1971 or 1972. According to the estate manager, Brown’sneighbors also testified that in the years that he drove it, he refused todrive the Mustang in the rain for fear of rust. If this car has been hosewashed, it probably occurred at the detail bay of the selling dealer beforedelivery."

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