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Title: Finding a Car?
Post by: FredTheCatTravels on December 22, 2020, 01:55:17 PM
Hi!

I wonder if any of you can send me in the right direction with this and please forgive me if I'm posting in the wrong forum or breaking etiquette.

When I was 17 years old, my father bought me a 1967 Shelby Fastback to restore for me.  Before he was able to finish restoring the car, he had a heart attack and died.  This was March 1984.  A couple of months later, my mother sold the car.  This was in Lynchburg Virginia.

I'm pretty sure it went to a collector because three or four people got in a bidding war for it.

I would love to find this car if any way possible.

I would be so grateful for any information or help.

My mother did not save any paperwork so I have no idea of the VIN.
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: Coralsnake on December 22, 2020, 01:59:10 PM
“I once had a car” is not a good clue Fred

Colors, engine, condition, options, transmission might get you a little closer.
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: JD on December 22, 2020, 02:03:30 PM
^^ or a photo if you have any.

Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: FredTheCatTravels on December 22, 2020, 02:27:30 PM
“I once had a car” is not a good clue Fred

Colors, engine, condition, options, transmission might get you a little closer.

It was white, a fastback, manual transmission, four speed I think.  I was one of those long stick shifts.

The car ran great and I drove it but the gas tank needle was broken.  No damage to the body at all.

It was very loud.

I don't remember what kind of engine.

Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: FredTheCatTravels on December 22, 2020, 02:28:38 PM
^^ or a photo if you have any.

Unfortunately, I don't have any photos.  We didn't have the car very long, not quite a year.
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: Coralsnake on December 22, 2020, 02:38:23 PM
 Black interior?

Air conditioning?

Where did the car come from?
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: Richstang on December 22, 2020, 02:40:41 PM
^^ or a photo if you have any.

Unfortunately, I don't have any photos.  We didn't have the car very long, not quite a year.

There were 526 white '67 Shelby GT's...371 with manual transmissions
(125 GT350's with a manual transmission, 246 GT500s with a manual transmission)

We're definitely going to need more info.
(If it had a parchment interior, that would help reduce the number quite a bit.)
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: FredTheCatTravels on December 22, 2020, 02:56:02 PM
Black interior?

Air conditioning?

Where did the car come from?

Black interior.  I don't remember if it had AC or not.  If it did, I never used it.

The interior was black.

I'm so sorry, I'm trying to jog my memory.

I'm pretty sure it did not have the stripes down the front. 

I think the car may have come from South Boston, Virginia or Roanoke Virginia.
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: JD on December 22, 2020, 03:01:43 PM
Although not a guarantee of what the car was - but do either of these engine images (air cleaner units)  look like what you remember?

Chrome round or aluminum oval...

 
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: TedS on December 22, 2020, 03:40:25 PM
I'm originally from Lynchburg but don't remember the car. Bet you went cruising on Wards Road? You'll probably chase a bunch of dead ends but may ultimately find it.

Here's one clue...
There was a guy in Roanoke, on Williamson Road, that dealt in Shelby's and other performance Fords and had quite a few in the late 70's. In this photo is a white 67. This was probably 1977-78. Sorry but its a scan of an old photo. I'll have to check but I might have a better photo buried somewhere.

I have some friends from the era and will check with them. If you want you can send me a PM with your name and I will ask around. People might remember you or your family but maybe not the car. Every clue helps.

There also are several Mustang Clubs in the area. You might try communicating with them.

Ted S.
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: FredTheCatTravels on December 22, 2020, 03:47:03 PM
Although not a guarantee of what the car was - but do either of these engine images (air cleaner units)  look like what you remember?

Chrome round or aluminum oval...

I don't think it was the oval.  I'm pretty sure I would have remembered that.
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: JD on December 22, 2020, 03:50:29 PM
Another thing to try and remember, were the headlights in the upper Grille in the middle or at the outsides/

Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: FredTheCatTravels on December 22, 2020, 03:51:11 PM
I'm originally from Lynchburg but don't remember the car. Bet you went cruising on Wards Road? You'll probably chase a bunch of dead ends but may ultimately find it.

Here's one clue...
There was a guy in Roanoke, on Williamson Road, that dealt in Shelby's and other performance Fords and had quite a few in the late 70's. In this photo is a white 67. This was probably 1977-78. Sorry but its a scan of an old photo. I'll have to check but I might have a better photo buried somewhere.

I have some friends from the era and will check with them. If you want you can send me a PM with your name and I will ask around. People might remember you or your family but maybe not the car. Every clue helps.

There also are several Mustang Clubs in the area. You might try communicating with them.

Ted S.

DM sent.

I really appreciate all of the help. 

I am so grateful to you all.
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: Coralsnake on December 22, 2020, 04:17:39 PM
You have passed our test

Getting information requires sharing information

👌
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: FredTheCatTravels on December 22, 2020, 04:30:08 PM
Another thing to try and remember, were the headlights in the upper Grille in the middle or at the outsides/

I don't remember!  The first photo I think!

I remember thinking the car was fatter than the regular 67 mustang fastback.
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: FredTheCatTravels on December 22, 2020, 04:31:55 PM
You have passed our test

Getting information requires sharing information

👌

I'm trying!  I'll post the photos when I find the car!  (Self fulfilling prophecy, manifesting it!)

I can't tell you how thankful I am for the help.
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: honker on December 22, 2020, 07:46:38 PM
I really like these threads ! hope the car is found.

TedS, thanks for posting the vintage image of the cars on the used lot, what a cool image !

Mike
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: owenkelley on December 22, 2020, 08:13:30 PM
Good luck with your search! I sold a 1965 Mustang fastback in the mid eighties that I just located and the current owner is sending me pictures of it. I had the benefit of still having the VIN on file. A private investigator was able to locate it for me. It was just nice to know the car didn't end up crushed or rusting out in a field somewhere. Chances are very good that your old Shelby survived because they were collectible by that point in time, so it's probably out there somewhere!
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: Side-Oilers on December 22, 2020, 09:54:25 PM
Good idea about the private investigator.   Curious:  How much did that cost? 
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: FredTheCatTravels on December 22, 2020, 10:45:41 PM
Good luck with your search! I sold a 1965 Mustang fastback in the mid eighties that I just located and the current owner is sending me pictures of it. I had the benefit of still having the VIN on file. A private investigator was able to locate it for me. It was just nice to know the car didn't end up crushed or rusting out in a field somewhere. Chances are very good that your old Shelby survived because they were collectible by that point in time, so it's probably out there somewhere!

That's a GREAT idea!  Being that the four people trying to buy it got in a bidding war with my mother, I'm positive it went to a collector.

My dad redid a 64 1/2  ragtop, a '58 corvette,  and a 56 T-Bird prior. 
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: 557 on December 23, 2020, 01:35:59 AM
Are you looking to find the car to repurchase?If so there may be some “sticker shock” involved.These things got pretty pricey over the years.Just sayin.....Good luck!!!
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: 2112 on December 23, 2020, 09:34:38 AM
I really like these threads ! hope the car is found.

TedS, thanks for posting the vintage image of the cars on the used lot, what a cool image !

Mike

+1 on both counts.
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: owenkelley on December 23, 2020, 04:15:33 PM
Good luck with your search! I sold a 1965 Mustang fastback in the mid eighties that I just located and the current owner is sending me pictures of it. I had the benefit of still having the VIN on file. A private investigator was able to locate it for me. It was just nice to know the car didn't end up crushed or rusting out in a field somewhere. Chances are very good that your old Shelby survived because they were collectible by that point in time, so it's probably out there somewhere!

That's a GREAT idea!  Being that the four people trying to buy it got in a bidding war with my mother, I'm positive it went to a collector.

My dad redid a 64 1/2  ragtop, a '58 corvette,  and a 56 T-Bird prior.

The private investigator I used didn't charge me anything, he's a buddy of mine. He apparently had access to a program that could search the registration from the VIN, he had a name and phone number for me within 24 hours! Every six months or so for the last five years I would post pictures of it on Mustang Facebook pages hoping someone would recognize it, but it didn't ring any bells to anyone. Turns out this gentleman who is now 80 years old saw it sitting outside a shop many years ago, bought it, had it painted, and pretty much stored it away, hasn't had it out too much since apparently. At least I know it hasn't been crushed or sitting in a field rotting away somewhere.....
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: Side-Oilers on December 23, 2020, 04:21:32 PM
Cool!  Nice to have friend who is a P.I. 

I'd choose Joe Mannix for mine.  (I own the '68 Dart GTS 340 convertible from the TV series.)
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: 557 on December 23, 2020, 04:25:33 PM
Jim Rockford(even if he drove a poncho) 8)
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: rpbeck on December 23, 2020, 05:44:35 PM
Hi FredTheCatTravels,

     Pardon me if I overlooked this but I would suggest that you provide your father`s name as he may already be listed in the 1967 Registry. If you are not comfortable providing your father`s name you could contact the 1967 registrar directly.

Good luck with your search, rb
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: JD on December 23, 2020, 10:36:13 PM
Hi FredTheCatTravels,

     Pardon me if I overlooked this but I would suggest that you provide your father`s name as he may already be listed in the 1967 Registry. If you are not comfortable providing your father`s name you could contact the 1967 registrar directly.

Good luck with your search, rb

Great suggestion - Dave Mathews SAAC 67 Shelby Registrar - dmathews "at" prodigy "dot" net
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: FredTheCatTravels on December 29, 2020, 03:07:12 PM
Hi FredTheCatTravels,

     Pardon me if I overlooked this but I would suggest that you provide your father`s name as he may already be listed in the 1967 Registry. If you are not comfortable providing your father`s name you could contact the 1967 registrar directly.

Good luck with your search, rb

I would be more than happy to provide his name.  Where would I do this?

Thanks everyone!  I have my mother looking through her photo archives.
Title: Re: Finding a Car?
Post by: JD on December 29, 2020, 04:33:51 PM

I would be more than happy to provide his name.  Where would I do this?

Thanks everyone!  I have my mother looking through her photo archives.

You can post it here or to Dave Mathews SAAC 67 Shelby Registrar - dmathews@prodigy.net