The radio, heater, and cigarette lighter delete plates are all original and intact. To hide the unattractive, gaping hole where the glovebox and ashtray were removed and discarded, Roland added a glovebox and ashtray door that can be easily removed. A G.T. 350R rollbar and Ford fire extinguisher are original and also vintage pieces. Finishing off the interior is a '65-vintage Bell race helmet. Roland even found an original California manufacturer's license plate that was used by Shelby American!
Roland repainted the car in its original Wimbledon White paint with Guardsman Blue Le Mans stripes. He then added the race livery to represent the car in its as-raced condition when it first left All American's shop. Once Roland put the final touches on the car, he loaded it up and attended the SAAC (Shelby American Automobile Club) concourse show and race in Virginia in May 2011. At the event, it was judged and scored 841 points out of a possible 900. One unique fact about this car is that it has never been titled or registered. Roland has proven this by doing a thorough motor vehicle records search on the car showing no records ever on file. As of the date of this article, the odometer only reads 2,189 miles; we presume those to be some pretty hard ones.
Palm Beach International Raceway graciously allowed us to shoot this rare and well-documented car on its two-mile road course. It was a pleasure to see, hear, and even feel this car as it was doing what it does best on the twisties.
Is this car a labor of love? Maybe. Did the car get the restoration it deserved? Absolutely! The level of detail the car received in its restoration was second to none. Roland tallied up the time and devotion. It took seven years and more than 2,200 hours to get the car where it is today. What's the next chapter for the car? Will it end up in a museum? Will it end up turning laps at vintage road race events? One may never know, but we sure appreciate what Roland did for this car, and we're sure the car appreciates it some too.
The original 289 has been rebuilt to its original as-raced specs, including refurbishing the original hi-rise intake manifold and cylinder heads