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Summer 2016 9

– Curt Vogt

I was in high school in 1975 when

I saw my first Shelby. It was an Aca-

pulco Blue 1967 GT500 with tuck-and-

roll upholstery and a 427 engine with

a roller cam. At the time it was

painted gold and one of the first things

you saw when it came down the road

were the Doug Thorley headers which

hung down and wrapped under the oil

pan. The car was two towns over and

was already a local legend when I was

in high school. It was a street racer

and was the fastest car around. It ran

5.13 gears with a Detroit Locker with

slicks and was the first car I ever saw

that could pull the front wheels off the

ground. The guy who owned it was a

mechanic at a local shop and bus

driver for the high school I was attend-

ing. My older brother eventually

bought a ‘67 GT390 Mustang from


I lost contact with the car for sev-

eral years but then one day it was sit-

ting under a tree at the edge of a road

a few miles away with a “For Sale”

sign on the windshield. Before I could

it was sold. I was familiar with the guy

who bought it. With big dreams he ea-

gerly tore it apart but eventually ran

out of both enthusiasm and money. To

pay for some of the needed work the

427 engine was sold and a tired 289

was dropped in to keep the car mobile.

I have no idea what happened to the

427 engine..

The car also got a cheapo MAACO

paint job and was then purchased by

a guy who worked at a local Honda

motorcycle dealership. When he got

tired of the project in 1983, I commit-

ted to buy the car. The serial number

was #67400F0A02394 and that didn’t

mean much at the time, except to

prove it was a real Shelby. At that time

I was a newlywed and already owned

two Shelbys – a ‘65 and a ‘68 KR con-

vertible. I had taken possession of the

GT500 but had yet to pay for it. Before

I could come up with the money

(which wasn’t all that much) the seller

took it back and sold it to someone

else. In 1988, while following up a lead

on a ‘67 GT500 for sale, the car sur-

faced again. It was still a partially-

disassembled project car and I couldn’t

help myself. I bought it again.

I’ve had it ever since, collecting

parts here and there, and sitting in the

back of my shop with a lot of other

projects and cars ahead of it in line.

The body is now more or less complete

but I’m torn between restoring back to

original specifications or putting it

back the way I remembered it from

high school. I have a 427 I could drop

in and the original tuck-and-roll inte-

rior would be easy to get done. I was


thinking of maybe a twin-Paxton set-

up, but since I’ve already done that to

a customer’s car it’s not much of a

challenge. I could massage the shock

towers and squeeze in a 427 SOHC

that I have laying around not doing


Since this car is never going to

leave my hands again this project

presently has a low priority. There’s a

lot of stuff ahead of it but after all this

time I’ll never sell it because it was the

Holy Grail to me in high school. Even-

tually I’ll probably give it to my son.

It’s been through a half dozen owners

since 1973 but it’s never been more

than 30 miles away.

#2394 waits in limbo while Vogt tries to de-

cide if the car should be put back to origi-

nal or recreated as the 427 street racer it

was when he first saw it.