Car of the Week: 1967 Shelby GT350 - Old Cars Weekly

Car of the Week: 1967 Shelby GT350

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Story byJohn Gunnell - Photos Christa Haley

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 With the Milwaukee skyline as a backdrop, the Shelby sat in the muscle car circle at the Milwaukee show

With the Milwaukee skyline as a backdrop, the Shelby sat in the muscle car circle at the Milwaukee show

Lately there’s been a move afoot, on the part of Shelby-collectors, to add Bronco sport utility vehicles (SUVs) to their collections. Seth Burgett is one of the drivers of this movement. He is chief executive officer of Gateway Broncos (www.gatewaybroncos.com), a firm that refurbishes 1966-1967 Broncos using assembly line techniques to do its builds. Burgett adopted his manufacturing system from Henry Ford and is a fan of Ford products such as Shelbys and, of course, Broncos.

“Actually, I’m a bit of a Shelby nut,” Burgett said during the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance (www.milwaukeeconcours.com) in early August. “I’ve got a 1967 GT500 that I describe as ‘my donation to B.F. Goodrich.’ Every time I drive the car, I shred the tires a little more. I have a lot of fun with the car. I road race it at Shelby American Automobile Club (www.saac.com) events whenever I can.” At the Milwaukee Concours d’Elegance, he showed a 1967 Shelby GT350 he’s restoring.

 Like the rest of the car, the cockpit has a layer of dust, but everything that the came with is there.

Like the rest of the car, the cockpit has a layer of dust, but everything that the came with is there.

In 1977, the second owner lost his job working on Hilton Head Island. He told Burgett that, at the time, he had a couple of kids. “He said that the kids needed to eat,” Burgett explained. “He decided it was better to feed them than to keep the Shelby. He reluctantly sold the car.”

 Years of storage and neglect have given the GT350 the patina it proudly wears. Note the Shelby's use of the '67 Mercury Cougar tail lights which were part of they Shelby package.

Years of storage and neglect have given the GT350 the patina it proudly wears. Note the Shelby's use of the '67 Mercury Cougar tail lights which were part of they Shelby package.

Two weeks later, the second owner got another job. He then went on to become a successful businessman, working as a corporate controller and later as a chief financial officer. According to Burgett, he also wrote several songs for the Eagles rock-and-roll band for which he still gets royalty checks.

The man also built up a large car collection and bought and sold many cars over the years However, about once a month, he went on eBay looking for Shelby No. 1933. Burgett had Shelby No. 1933 and eventually made contact with the second owner, who then committed himself to assist with the restoration and help bring the car back to the condition it was in when he sold it.

 As you can see in this photo, numerous air scoops were part of the Shelby package. (John Gunnell photo)

As you can see in this photo, numerous air scoops were part of the Shelby package. (John Gunnell photo)

“I talked to him recently and he decided it was time for him to own the car again,” Burgett explained. “So, I sold it back to him exactly 40 years after he had to sell it. We’re going to restore it back to the way it was when he first owned it.So, he had a four- to five-year period when he owned it when it was Brittany Blue with white stripes and also had the Paxton supercharger and the air conditioning.”

Burgett’s company is going to put the car back to that condition even though the Paxton supercharger and air conditioning were not available from the factory or dealer on a 1967 Shelby GT350. As it sits today, it is the way it was when the second owner last owned it and had it painted white with blue stripes.

Burgett said he’ll need to do a little engineering to return the car to its former state. “That’s how he wants it,” Burgett stressed. “We’ll deliver it to him at his Kentucky home and we plan to allow him to have a raging burnout and make more donations to B.F. Goodrich using the Paxton as the motivator behind that.”

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