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1967 Shelby G.T. 350: Fate, Karma or Coincidence?
Gene Lightfoot, 1967 Shelby G.T. 350
I have been in love with Mustangs since my father bought a brand new 1965 Mustang 289 four-speed coupe in October 1964. After a stint with my dad and mom, the car was passed on to me in 1975 as my first car. My sister came home from the hospital after her birth in 1967 in this car. She grew up with a passion for Mustangs too, and owned a 1994 Mustang GT.
I still own the coupe today. So when this 1967 Shelby G.T. 350 was offered to me in 2000 by a friend of a friend, I jumped at the opportunity. During the negotiation stages of the purchase my sister passed away unexpectedly. It was devastating, and the owner of the Shelby allowed me time to mourn and kept the car off the market. After a couple of months I purchased the car.
The Wimbledon White Shelby is unrestored and has the original 289 Hi Po V-8 and four-speed Top Loader transmission. The car came from the factory with a 4.11 Equi-lock rear. I can find no history that the car was ever raced, and I am the fifth owner, as far as I can tell. The car was repainted about 25 years ago and looks great. At that time the blue LeMans stripes were added. I have only provided routine maintenance on the car since I have owned it. I added a set of Traction Master under-ride traction bars, my only modification. I have taken the car to several SAAC events, where it has had some track time at Virginia International Raceway. I enjoy driving it, showing it, and giving kids rides in the car.
But the amazing thing about this car is, after I purchased it, I got the newest edition of the 1965-1967 SAAC Shelby Registry and found out this car was built on April 7, 1967. This is the same date my deceased sister was born! I now feel that every time I drive this car a piece of my sister's passion for Mustangs rides with me.