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Enthusiasts know that a vital part of researching any classic is documenting the car's past ownership, or as we like to call it -- the caretaker history.

Upon closing down the California operation, Shelby American 'disposed' of the convertible and a handful of other engineering cars by shipping them to Dearborn on August 18, 1967.

Previous caretakers of the 1967 Shelby GT Convertible have been traced back to circa 1970 in the Chicago, IL area.

  • November 1966
    Shelby American, Inc.
    6501 W. Imperial Hwy., Los Angeles, CA 90009
    Delivered from Ford in late November 1966 - originally intended as as public relations vehicle for the spring (1967 1/2) introduction of a convertible body style. January 1967 - repurposed as a '68 engineering and styling concept (Shelby's design). May 1967 - repurposed again as a photographic car with Ford's 1968 design (car was repainted white serving this duty). 
     
  • August  1967
    Ford / Shelby Automotive Company
    15670 W. 10 Mile Rd., Southfield, MI 48075
    #0139 was shipped from CA to MI in August 1967 and remained itemized as a company car, assigned Ray Geddes, Marketing Dept. with a role of "Oil Company Promotion," u
    p through at least October 31, 1968. The Oil company is believed to be Leonard Oil which was based out of Alma, Michigan. (car remained painted white and disguised with '68 fiberglass)
     
  • c. 1970
    Gregory Shimkus
    Lombard, IL
    Purchased from "someone located in Addison, IL"
    Vintage photos reveal the car remained white and showed a "G.T. 500 KR" designation in side stripes, however, the fender emblems were the coiled snake (non-KR). It's reported that the engine had a single 4bbl carburetor and exhaust headers.

     
  • c. 1972
    Nicholas Pancotto
    10 Heather Ln., Oak Brook, IL
    Pancotto changed the paint color from Wimbledon White to Acapulco Blue.
    (Pancotto ran this newspaper classified ad from Oct '76-Jan '77 when selling the car)


     


 

  • January 8, 1977
    Donald Neil Osbjornson
    1455 Lawrence Ave., Lake Forest, IL
     
  • August 20, 1978
    James B. Ventrella
    2311 Dorina Dr., Northfield, IL
     
  • December 16, 1985
    Richard S. Kot 
    601 Glenwood Ln., Glenview, IL
    It was during Richard's ownership that SAAC was finally able to validate the hidden Ford VIN and finally authenticate the car as the only 1967 Shelby G.T. Convertible built.
     
  • May 2001
    Volo Auto Museum / Grams Family
    27582 Volo Village Rd., Volo, IL
    It was Brian Grams that made multiple discoveries of the telltale '67 Shelby modifications when they were restoring the car in 2001.
     
     
  • March 27, 2007
    Dana Mecum Collection
    950 Greenlee St., Marengo, IL
     
  • May 17, 2009
    Styles Collection
    Boynton Beach, FL
     

Photos shared by previous caretakers

A detailed timeline of the GT500 Convertible's history

* Note: We have contacted the Department of Motor Vehicles in both Michigan and Illinois to attempt a title/VIN search, however, both have stated they only retain records for 10 years.

 

 

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