OWNERSHIP AND HISTORY OF THE 1967 GT500 SHELBY
Completed on July 17, the car was shipped to Rankin Ford Sales (London, Ontario, Canada) on August 23 before being purchased by its original owner, Barry Richman of London, Ontario, Canada, on November 24.
The car disappeared in 1969 from Competition Motors in London, Ontario, which was an Alfa Romeo dealership. The car had been in the possession of Chip Comstock, owner of the dealership. It is unknown if Comstock sold the car or just made it ‘disappear’ for a few years.
Rankin Ford was purchased by Jack Vitali of Highbury Ford.
Ron Scaife of Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada contacted the Shelby registry in 2008 and said that he had purchased the car in 1971, but the details of the seller are unknown and the documentation says that the car was unlicensed at the time. According to Gregory K Murphy (2015 owner), Ron had the car painted orange. Ron drove the car occasionally until 1978, when it was parked in an old barn.
In 2006, Ron’s son, Joey Scaife, of Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada inherited the car. Unfortunately, no one knew exactly in which barn Ron had stored it. After approximately two years, it was located. Meanwhile, in June 2006, the police found the car in the barn and went about tracking down the registered owner — who was still Barry Richman — via the Shelby Register, but it took two years to locate him. The police then stalled the investigation. Joey sent the car to a workshop for restoration, which was where it was completely disassembled. He had the engine and transmission rebuilt, but eventually ran out of money to complete the project.
Gregory K Murphy of Dunnville, Ontario, Canada traded Joey Scaife his ’66 Ford GT convertible plus cash for the Shelby in the first week of July 2014. While he had the car, he cleaned the parts up, as they were all covered in thick dust. His mechanic closed the motor up, as no valve covers or intakes were assembled, and put pulleys on the front of the motor. Christopher Swenson of Suffield, Connecticut, US then bought the disassembled car from Gregory on 30 January 2015. The disassembled and unrestored car was then purchased by Bret Matteson / Shelby Mustang Motors LLC of Raynham Center, Massachusetts, US in September 2015.
Hanlo Reyneke of Pukekohe, New Zealand, purchased the car in December 2015. In April 2016, the car started undergoing a professional bare-metal nuts-and-bolts restoration. The car has been meticulously restored to its original condition true to its Marti Report and original order specifications.