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Brittany Blue 1967 Ford Mustang G.T. 500
Cha Ching! Shawn Clasing hit the jackpot when he found a 100 percent original 1967 Shelby G.T. 500, and was even luckier to find its original owner
When Shawn Clasing of Glen Rock, Pennsylvania, was in his early teens, his father bought him a gift that would awaken a passion that has followed him throughout his life. “My dad bought me a 1967 Mustang fastback when I was 14,” Shawn told us. “My brothers had Galaxies and I saw the 1967 for sale and I thought it was so cool, so he bought it for me to fix up and said ‘you’ve got two years to get it done.’” A few years down the line in 1988, Shawn would sell the 1967 to help pay the bills after getting married. He moved on to buy several other Mustangs, including a couple of Fox-bodies and vintage fastbacks, but a spot in his heart was reserved for 1967 Mustangs.
In 1995, Shawn came across an original 1967 Shelby G.T.500 in the Ford Trader publication. It had been in storage since 1979 and was completely 100 percent original. After purchasing the Shelby, it sat for two years until he began disassembling it for restoration in 1997. “The restoration was completed in 2009,” Shawn says. “I was sending pieces out and getting them back and that took time. All of the original parts were reused during the restoration. Many of them were restored by professionals around the country.”
Shawn’s Shelby was originally ordered with a factory AM/FM radio and Shelby 10-spoke wheels as options. He told us that a lot of time was spent making sure that the restoration didn’t involve cutting any corners so that the car would be as perfect as it was the day it was new. It had sported a beautiful Brittany Blue topcoat from the factory, but had been painted white at some point in its life. So Shawn had it painted back to its original hue and had the traditional Shelby Le Mans stripes added in white.
During the restoration, Shawn wanted to know the history of his Shelby and tried everything in his power to find the original owner, Robert Smith. “I joined SAAC (Shelby American Automobile Club), which turned out to be the best thing for me and the car. I had been trying to locate Robert Smith for a few years after the purchase with no luck. This was before the Internet really took off, so it was a lot of phone calls to DMVs and searching around.” Finally, one fateful day in September of 1997, Shawn was shocked to find a letter in his mailbox from Robert. Robert had gotten his name from SAAC and decided to reach out to Shawn about all of the Shelby’s original paperwork. “Bob was gracious enough to ask if I would like to have these documents and have him tell me the history of the car during his ownership. Needless to say, I now have all of the original paperwork, including the pre-delivery sheet and a picture taken at the time of purchase.”
Shawn made note that the shift knob in the Shelby was out of a 1968, and therefore unoriginal. Robert told him that he had swapped the knob when he bought the car and still had the original sitting in his desk. He offered to trade, so the original shift knob has been returned to its proper location. “Bob’s recollection of the details was amazing, even down to the location of the Plaza Fiberglass stickers,” Shawn told us. Shawn’s hard work to restore the Shelby paid off, with the Shelby’s list of awards including First Place at Lehigh Valley SAAC in 2012 and the Concourse De Elegance of the Eastern United States in 2012.
He is quick to thank his wife, Debbie, and daughters Rachel and Lauren for supporting his passion, attending shows, and helping to clean and move parts over the years. He also is grateful for his dad, Harold, who introduced him to Fords. Shawn is searching diligently in hopes that he just might find that first 1967 Fastback again someday. The VIN is 7T02C167479, so keep your eyes peeled readers!