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Shelbys Stacked Up Like Cord Wood
It’s 1967 on the side lot of Tasca Ford at 777 Taunton Avenue in East Providence, Rhode Island. At least 16 Shelby G.T. 500s and G.T. 350s were just sitting there, collecting dust. They also collected the graffiti of the local punks who were obviously not Ford fans (see the “Ford Sucks, Buy a Chevy” painted on the one in the foreground). As for the cars, the ones in the far row seem to be G.T. 500s, and the near ones, G.T. 350s. Barely visible you make out another line of signature spoilers and Cougar taillights on the left side of the bushes. Also hard to see in print, but apparent to us in a high-resolution scan, is the poor fit of some of the fiberglass noses. These cars seem to be fresh stock, as the dealer-added Le Mans stripes are absent. It has the midyear, widespread high beams that are consistent with the timing of the photo (rather than the early ones that are set close together in the center of the grille).
We especially like the bargain basement sign visible at top left, pointing to the cars.