This invoice from Shelby American
to Zurich American Insurance, for the convertible that was
"Stolen and Returned, April 1967," is, to say the least ... suspicious. Carroll
Shelby, in his
interview about this car, confirmed that this convertible wasn't actually
When analyzing this invoice, we quickly see that the parts itemized look a lot
like a 'shopping list' of the bolt-on parts that would be required to
aesthetically update/modify a '67 to make it look like a '68.
that the large fiberglass components aren't itemized, and that's because
those components were fabricated and provided by A.O. Smith
Plastics based on Ford's updated design. According to the
Akin letter, A.O. Smith supplied two sets of the
front-ends, hoods, rear valences and center consoles.
About the only
two items on this invoice that don't make a lot of sense are the two fire extinguishers and the 10 carburetor base gaskets.
In March 1967, a month before
the alleged theft, Shelby American placed their last orders with Ford.
In May, the month
following this alleged theft, Ford made the decision to terminate the
California-based Shelby Program.
of the documents and related research, it's
amazing how and when the pieces fit together. I call "Shenanigans," however, perhaps
Carroll Shelby said it best when he stated "it's better to let a
sleeping dog lie."