A very rare opportunity for classic car collectors will be rolling into Greenwich, Connecticut this June when the town hosts the annual Greenwich Concours d’Elegance: a barn-find 1966 Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang that’s been left in storage for some four decades.
Barn-find classics are always particularly special, not only because they often sell with more modest price tags than their fully-restored or meticulously-preserved counterparts, making them available to more ordinary enthusiasts, but because they often tend to have low mileage counts and all-original parts, like this Shelby GT350. What’s more, each barn-find is effectively a treasure that’s been lost to time; an age-old story told vaguely through patina, historical records, and the imagination of the beholder.
Speaking of records, this 1966 Shelby GT350 Mustang comes with plenty of them, including the original handbook, Shelby American literature, bill of sale, and every service receipt. The car’s VIN identifies it as a rare “carryover” model, meaning that it has all the performance parts of the 1965 Shelby GT350, with the styling of the 1966 car.
According to Bonhams – the auction house that will be conducting the auction – the Shelby GT350 Mustang to be sold this June in Greenwich started off as a demonstration and competition car belonging to a Massachusetts Ford dealer. It changed hands once, logging 55,000 original miles before being stored in 1976. Untouched and unknown for forty years, this 1966 Shelby GT350 isn’t even in the official Shelby American registry, as the owner chose not to tell anyone of the car’s existence.
This remarkable, barn-find Shelby GT350 fastback will auction on Sunday, May 5th. Bonhams expects the car could attract anywhere from $90,000 to $120,000.