Rare Mint-Condition Ford Mustang Found After Gathering Dust for 40 Years
One lucky, and perhaps well-to-do, car lover will soon be the new owner of a rare, mint-condition Ford Mustang. As Martha MacCallum reported this morning, a 1969 Shelby Mustang GT500 was found in the garage of a Pennsylvania man who recently died.
Larry Brown reportedly took meticulous care of his prized vehicle, refusing to wash it for fear of damaging the paint. And he is said to have stopped driving it altogether 40 years ago, with 8,500 miles on the odometer.
Since Brown had no wife or children, his possessions are up for sale in an estate auction scheduled for April 25.
The upcoming sale - expected to exceed $100,000 - has generated some debate on automobile forums, with some skeptics questioning the engine's mileage and the age of the tires.
Here's more on the story from Yahoo! Autos.
Larry Brown, a resident of Centre Hall, Pa., passed away on his birthday during the latter part of last year, leaving behind a trove of fascinating items. With no wife or children to inherit his estate, the entire collection — his house, TVs, snow blowers, motorbikes and of course cars — are heading to auction, with the Mustang the star attraction.
Brown purchased the car on May 9, 1969, for $5,245.97. The last recorded warranty work occurred in September that year, when Brown had the door glass adjusted. At that time, the registered mileage was 1,665. By 1973, Brown had stopped driving the car altogether, storing it in his garage with just 8,531 miles on the clock.
According to the auction listing at Ron Gilligan Auctioneers, the GT500, that features a 428 Cobra Jet engine meshed to a 4-speed transmission, still maintains its original paint, tires, belts, hoses, factory steering wheel cover and 1968-dated coded spark plug wires. Vehicles with more miles, in far less original condition, have sold for over $100,000 — offering clues as to how much Brown's GT500 may fetch when it goes under the hammer on April 25.
Internet skeptics, however, have doubted the car's originality, analyzing the pictures for any evident discrepancies. It all started with the barely-worn Goodyear tires, appearing too new for 8,500 miles. This progressed when the keen-eyed pointed out that the tires were 8-digit Goodyear codes, made only during 1970 and '71 — making it impossible for them to be original on a car from 1969. Commenters also questioned the engine's mileage due to the "amount of oil blow by all over (the) front of (the) motor and on (the) valve cover."