Back when engines were beefy and emissions were laughed at.
In the Nicholas Cage movie “Gone in 60 Seconds,” the hero car is a 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 called Eleanor. That movie car was something sweet, but the real-life version was just as awesome. The car was made in limited numbers—300 is the amount floated around—and it’s not like one comes up for sale every day. Craigslist is the last place you’d expect to find one. But as you’ve already guessed, a 1967 GT500 is up for sale on the online classified site. Yup, this classic piece of American muscle is this week’s craziest Craigslist car.
The 1967 Shelby GT500 was designed to be both performance-oriented and more livable than the GT350. On the performance side it featured a 428-cubic-inch V8, the “Police Interceptor,” good for 355 horsepower officially and as much as 410 horsepower unofficially. All that action was mated to a four-speed automatic, although a four-speed manual was offered. On the livable side, the GT500 featured standard power steering and brakes, an anti-roll bar and even an air conditioner. There’s plenty of fiberglass on the body to help keep weight low, er, lower. This particular example is for sale somewhere in southern Oregon and reportedly has only 5,000 on the engine.
The poster doesn’t mention an engine rebuild or a new 428 being dropped in, and there’s no mention of how many miles are on the chassis. The seller claims to be the third owner (41 years and counting). Right now you may be wondering if this thing is the real deal. Well, unlike the guy last week trying to sell an R34 Nissan GT-R, this seller comes ready for doubters. At least in the ad, anyway. “Low serial #” and “in all of the Shelby registries” are just two of the seller’s claims to legitimacy. There’s also “Lots of documentation, history, etc.....” Could be worse, right? The VIN is listed as well in case you want to get your hands dirty looking up a 13-digit VIN from almost 50 years ago. So, how much is this awesome muscle car (assuming it’s legit) going for?
The seller has it up for $145,000 and says that is negotiable. A quick search on Hemmings shows a few 1967 GT500s around that area. Here’s one for $135,000 and another for $130,000 or best offer. Both are non-matching four-speed manuals. For $185,000 you can get this manual GT500 (matching not mentioned) or for just a bit more you can score this bad boy that apparently underwent an $85,000+ restoration back in 2009. One way to spot a phony is the price it’s being sold for. On that metric alone this 1967 Mustang Shelby GT500 seems legit. Yeah, it may not have its original engine but as long as there’s a 7.0-liter V8 under the hood you should be okay. Regardless, it’s a lot better than driving a replica.