One-owner ’68 Shelby GT500 Is One Good-looking Barn-find

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Despite being special ordered half a century ago in Michigan, this Shelby has somehow survived all those Midwest winters.

While we all enjoy a good barn find, we think that the original owner finally fixing up their old, decrepit dream car makes for an even better story. That’s what’s going on in this video from Auto Archaeology on YouTube.

This 1968 Shelby GT500 was special ordered in Royal Oak, Michigan and driven for five years until an issue with the clutch caused it to be parked in 1973. If you can believe it, the original owner, who still owns the car, more or less replaced it with a 1973 Dodge Charger with a 318!

1968 Shelby GT500

We can’t imagine what it must have been like to race stoplight to stoplight in metro Detroit during the height of the muscle car craze, especially with one of the hottest machines around at that time. It’s even more amazing to us, though, to imagine still owning that car after half a century has passed.

They owner never let go of his baby, and it sat all those years until his son began restoring it to its former glory. Unfortunately, the son moved away, and as a result, the car has been sitting disassembled for a few years now.

1968 Shelby GT500

The good news, though, is that the car is complete, down to its original engine, although that engine is in pieces around the garage. While some minor mechanical and trim pieces may be missing, they’re all available as reproduction parts at this point.

1968 Shelby GT500

There’s a good chance that this matching-numbers, one-owner GT500 may see the road again someday soon. The owner and his son are planning on working on the car together to get it back into fighting shape. While life gets in the way and it may take a while, we’re confident that this story will have a very happy ending.

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Longtime motorcyclist and automotive journalist Cam Vanderhorst is a regular contributor to Harley-Davidson Forums, Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Corvette Forum and MB World, among others.

When he's not busy working on his Harley-Davidson bike, the vastly experienced writer has covered an array of features, reviews, how-tos, op-eds and news stories for Internet Brands' Auto Group and is also a co-founder and co-host of the popular podcast Cammed & Tubbed.

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