It seems like for every uplifting story of a barn find classic saved from certain doom, there’s an equally dreary story of a rare and valuable vehicle turned to ruin from decades of neglect. You’d think that after 50 years, there wouldn’t be any classic Shelby Mustangs left unfound by restoration and muscle car specialists, but sadly that just isn’t the case. You might want to keep a tissue nearby for this next story.
Gearheads.org reports that journalist Al Rogers came across a 1967 Shelby GT500 in Georgia, updated with 1968 parts, that is in the process of returning to nature. Decades of neglect have left this Shelby all but unrecognizable, and even the most dedicated restoration experts would have a hard time finding the silver lining on this overrun Mustang.
As the story goes, this ‘67 GT500 once belonged to Casey Paul Ford of Cumming, Georgia, and was raced by Wayne Blackwood at various area dragstrips. Wearing lime green paint and the nickname of Crazy Horse, an in with Shelby allowed Casey Paul Ford to upgrade their ‘67 Shelby to a ‘68, drawing in customers to the showroom. But that was nearly 50 years ago, and time has not been kind to this former drag car.
The current owner purchased the Shelby some three decades ago with the intent to restore it, and although there’s evidence that the project was started, it obviously was never finished. Time and nature have since taken over, and save for some faded lettering and mossy emblems, there are few indications of just how valuable this Mustang used to be.
Crazy Horse was long ago put out to pasture, and it would take a six-figure restoration just to get this Mustang back on the road. Even then, it would the automotive equivalent of the ship of Theseus, and more likely it will end up sold for scrap or parts. A sad yet tragically common end for this once noble steed.