Barn find Shelby GT500

One owner car, with less than 9K miles, to be auctioned

Eric Kaminsky - March 19, 2014 09:00 AM

ImagePhotos from Ron Gilligan Auctions website
ImagePhotos from Ron Gilligan Auctions website
ImagePhotos from Ron Gilligan Auctions website

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They are still out there … incredible cars that have been tucked away unseen for years, but are now being rediscovered.

Such is the case with this 1969 Shelby GT500 Mustang, a one-owner car with only 8,531 original miles. It is being offered by Ron Gilligan Auctioneers as part of an estate auction April 25 in Centre Hall, Pennsylvania.

Larry A. Brown was the original owner of this unrestored Mustang. Finished in Jade Black with a black interior, it is powered by a 428 Cobra Jet engine connected for a four-speed manual transmission. The Shelby American World Registry documents this car with Eger Motors, Inc., McKeesport, Pennsylvania, as the original Shelby selling dealer on May 9, 1969 with a MSRP of $5,245.79.  Miller-McVeigh Ford, State College, Pennsylvania, was the local selling Ford dealer and performed the warranty work. The last warranty work performed by Miller–McVeigh (adjust door glass) in September 1969 documented the mileage at just 1,665 miles.               

“As discovered” photos illustrate the garage find with decades of dust and a Pennsylvania state inspection sticker that expired in January 1973. The auctioneers have also located the car’s original smog system, shifter assembly, snorkel, S-tube, Shelby window sticker, bill of sale, build sheet, owner’s manual, warranty card, title, and registration documentation, and all this will be included with the sale of the car.          

It was widely known locally that this car was not driven in the rain or even washed out of concern that the water would introduce rust. When stored, the Mr. Brown kept the hood up (nice, straight fiberglass hood with no spring tension) and the trunk lid up with the trunk mat and underlayment removed. The seats were wrapped with garbage bags, and two layers of floor mats protected the original carpet. 

According to the auctioneer’s website, the exterior was carefully wiped down for evaluation, and with 70 to 75 percent of the paint appearing original. Other than some early paint touch-up, the car appears original and largely undisturbed with date-coded parts and production line inspection marks as one would expect to find on a car with 8,531 actual miles. After adding fresh fuel and installing a new battery, the car started.

Several other vehicles will also be offered for sale, including a one-owner 1971 Ford Ranchero GT with 351 Cleveland, four-speed and Shaker hood with 53,709 miles; a 2012 Ford Escape Limited, V-6 flex fuel with 90 miles; a 2009 Ranger XLT 4x4 pickup, with 4.0L V-6 and five-speed, ncluding Leer bed cover and showing 41,504 miles; a 1997 Ford Explorer Sport Control Trac 4x4 with 4/0L V-6 and 38,720 miles; a customized 1974 Ford Econoline Custom 100 van, with shag carpet and refrigerator and just 554 miles, most believed to be put on when the van was taken to Ohio and back for conversion; a 1990 Ford Mustang LX 5.0L V-8 with 29,119 miles; a 1966 Ford F100 Fleetside short-bed pickup with V-8 with three-speed and 54,410 miles; and a 1964 Ford F100 Custom Cab shortbed pickup with no motor or transmission, in need of restoration.

Also selling will be Mr. Brown’s three-bedroom home, situated on a 0.29-acre nice level corner lot, plus other miscellaneous items.


No phone or Internet bids will be accepted; all bidders must be present. Items purchased and paid for the day of the sale, except for the real estate, which requires 10 percent down and the balance in 45 days.


To view the auction listing, click HERE.