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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 [

the Man-

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, “

I’ll sell

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.