the third SOA convention in Wichita,
SAAC: In the early 1970s, when you
were accumulating all these Shelbys,
it was about at the low point as far as
their values were concerned, wasn’t it?
BURGY: Yeah, they were really af-
fordable. A friend named Roger
Hodyka came down from Michigan to
visit me when I was staying at my par-
ents’ in Ohio and I took him for a ride
in my Shelby. He said, “
I gotta have
one of these.
” He immediately bought
a black and gold Hertz car from Asa
Sharp. When I got my black and gold
GT350 in 1981 (6S1380) I never really
felt like it was mine because both of
my other GT350s had been white.
Roger had a black and gold car and to
me, when I drove my Hertz car I kept
thinking I was driving Roger’s car.
SAAC: You didn’t limit yourself to just
Shelbys, did you?
BURGY: About that time I had a cou-
ple of Sunbeam Tigers. Then I saw an
ad for a Mangusta and decided I
wanted one of those. I called Robert
Drobot, a name I had seen in SOA
newsletters. He wrote about Cobras
but I seem to recall that his car was an
AC with a 289 engine in it. I had
driven to Cincinnati to look at a Man-
gusta that had been wrecked and re-
paired and was sitting in a body shop.
From the doors forward it was brand
new and only had 5,000 miles on it.
But it had no rear wings. The guy
couldn’t find any rear wings [
gusta had two separate sections that
incorporated the rear window, and
were hinged in the middle; you opened
them to get at the engine. -ed.
] I called
Drobot because he was the only one I
knew with a DeTomaso car and I
thought that maybe he would know
where I could get the parts. I had
stopped at a few places around town
and nobody had any line on where to
get them. When I explained to Drobot
what I needed he said, “
Why don’t you
buy my Pantera?
” I told him I wasn’t
looking for a Pantera. I liked the looks
of the Mangusta better and I really
wanted one of those. He said, “
you my Pantera for $7,250
.” I said, “
be down this weekend
.” So I drove to
Cleveland and he wouldn’t let me
drive it on the road.We went to a large
parking lot where I drove it. It was
fine; it had about 12,000 miles on it
and the radio was missing. He said it
had been stolen and recovered but I
don’t know the details. It had already
been repainted once and it looked
good. I bought it and started working
on it. At the SAAC convention in Her-
shey I sat at a table with a guy I didn’t
know named Stu Galbraith. He taught
welding in Schoolcraft College and
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6S1206. In the early 1970s, “concours restoration” was not part of anyone’s vocabulary.
Personalizing your Shelby was mostly about improving its performance and Burgy had
no qualms about doing that. R-Model aprons were uncommon enough to rate a double-
take back then. Note the 15-inch ten-spokes on the rear. The car eventually got them
on all four corners – after a little massaging of the front fenders.
The dual-quad intake required a little fab-
rication work to run the Monte Carlo bar
through the filter element.
Sometimes you just can’t say “No” to a good deal. Left to right: Shelby-ized “beater”
Mustang used for winter driving, 6S1206, 6S285.