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One of just twelve produced with Silver Jade paint over a white interior and one of only two in this configuration, this 1969 Shelby GT500 started life as a Shelby Automotive Marketing show car and promotional vehicle that was later sold to Gloria Haley, sister of Jack Haley – most famous for his role as the Tin Man in ‘The Wizard Of Oz’.
Restored from a rust-free, zero-accident damage and all-original undamaged Shelby injected fiberglass as well as the original numbers-matching drivetrain, this may be the best car this particular restoration shop were able to start with – including Carroll’s personal 1969 that they did a few years ago and that sold for a record $750,000. The restorers performed a complete nut and bolt restoration including all NOS Ford and Shelby parts wherever needed. All the details were sweated to make this one of the best Shelby convertibles ever made available for sale.
This very car, Shelby serial number 841, was used as a Ford/Shelby dealer show and promo car for the Northern California Ford dealers sales region. Later, it was used as an executive car by the Shelby Automotive corporate council. Following this stint as a ‘brass hat’ car, it was sold by Cutter Ford to its first owner, Beverly Hills socialite and author Gloria Haley and her husband Bill Parnassus, the LA County Coroner. According to Gloria’s nephew, notables that rode in this car included her Father, ‘Tin Man’ Jack Haley, Liza Minelli and others. Gloria was known as the Little Old Lady from Beverly Hills with her Hot Shelby Cobra. Later, the car was sold to one Robert Lassoff of Beverly Hills and then to one Jim Cowles of Green Bay, WI.
This car has been accepted to the concourse at “The Quail” Motorsports gathering at Quail Lodge and will be on display Friday and then will be brought to Russo and Steele late Friday afternoon.