New Zealand Classic Car - - FEATURE -


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.

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