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Home Factory Paperwork Theft Repair Invoice #5040
 
 
Document: Invoice 5040
Source: Shelby American, Inc.
Date: June 20, 1967

This invoice from Shelby American to Zurich American Insurance, for the convertible that was "Stolen and Returned," is, to say the least, very suspicious. Carroll, in his 2003 interview about this car, stated that the convertible wasn't actually "stolen" back in April 1967.

When we analyze this invoice, we quickly see that the parts itemized look a whole lot like a 'shopping list' of the parts that would be required to aesthetically update/modify a '67 to make it look like a '68. A.O. Smith Plastics would have fabricated and provided the '68-styled hand-built fiberglass parts including the front-end, hood, rear valence and center console.

About the only two items on this invoice that don't make a lot of sense are the dual fire extinguishers and the 10 carburetor base gaskets.

The month before the alleged theft, Shelby placed their last DSOs with Ford. The month after this suspicious invoice, Ford made the decision to terminate the California-based Shelby Program.

When you timeline the research, it's amazing how the pieces fit. I call "Shenanigans," however, perhaps Carroll Shelby said it best when he stated "it's better to let a sleeping dog lie."

 


 

 
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