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after. And 48 years later they still have the

car and drive off into the sunset.

That’s the short story and, like we

said, compared to the accounts of other

Shelbys, it’s not much of a stretch. But it

is consistent with the bond owners have

with their Shelbys. The starting point of

this article was a hardcover coffee table

book that Hunt Palmer-Ball sent to us. It

contained excellent large format photos of

his 1967 GT350, 67200F2A01412 along

with the story of the car, from day one. Re-

search wasn’t a problem because Hunt

bought the car in July of 1967 and has

never let go of it. A graphic design and

branding firm in Louisville, Kentucky,

Lopez-Bonilla Resources, took the photos

and created the book. A small number of

hardcover books were produced (a small

number because the 44-page books were

$120 a copy) and Hunt gave them to his

friends and to those who helped him with

the car over the years. It was a pretty im-

pressive package.

High school led to trade school and

that led to a job as a mechanic in a Texaco

station. Hunt really wanted to work at the

local Ford dealership and applied for a job

there. He was hired. About that time he

happened to see a new black 1967 Shelby

in another dealer’s showroom. It was love

at first sight.

He explained to his father that he had

just seen a new car that he absolutely had

to own. He didn’t know too much about

Shelbys at that time, but the car spoke for

itself. A couple of days later they were look-

ing at a dark blue 1967 GT350 on the

showroom floor at Burns Ford in

Louisville, Kentucky. The price on the win-

dow sticker was $4,392.53. Both acknowl-

edged that it was way more than either of

them could afford. But instead of turning

around and walking out of the dealership,

Hunt was already figuring out how he

could make it happen. He would sell his ‘56

Ford and he had some money saved. They

went home to talk it over. Mostly, it was

Hunt that did the talking.


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