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Home Factory Paperwork Theft Repair Invoice #5040
 
 
Document: Invoice 5040
Source: Shelby American, Inc.
Date: June 20, 1967

This invoice from Shelby American to Zurich American Insurance, for the convertible that was "Stolen and Returned, April 1967," is, to say the least ... suspicious. Carroll Shelby, in his 2003 interview regarding #0139, stated that this convertible wasn't actually "stolen."

When analyzing this invoice, we quickly see that the list of itemized parts looks a whole lot like a 'shopping list' of the pieces parts that would be required to aesthetically update/modify a '67 to disguise it as a '68.

You'll notice that no fiberglass components are itemized, and that's because those components were fabricated and provided by A.O. Smith Plastics based on Ford's updated design. According to the Van Akin letter, A.O. Smith supplied two sets of the front-ends, hoods, rear valences and center consoles for the purpose of modifying two cars, a fastback (#0463) and a convertible (#0139), for "photographic purposes."

About the only items on this invoice that don't make a lot of sense are:

  • (2) fire extinguishers

  • (10) carburetor base gaskets

  • (2) shoulder harnesses

In March 1967, a month before the alleged theft, Shelby American placed the last known orders with Ford. It appears that in March/April 1967, Ford made the decision to terminate the California-based Shelby Program and acquire the assets/liabilities of Shelby American, Inc., on or around May 1, 1967. There was a whole of of invoiced done by Shelby American in the last days of April.

When you populate a timeline of the documents and related research, it's amazing how and when the pieces fit together. There were certainly "shenanigans," though perhaps Carroll Shelby summarized it best in his interview about #0139 when he stated "it's better to let a sleeping dog lie."

 


See Also: Van Akin Letter, Interviews, Shelby Program Timeline
 
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