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
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.
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."