that a vital part of researching any classic is
documenting the car's past ownership, or as we like to call it
-- the caretaker history.
Upon closing down the
California operation, Shelby American
shipped the convertible to Dearborn on August
18, 1967. As was common practice, Ford Motor Company would have
most likely sold the car to an
employee in late 1967 or early 1968 by means of their
employee & auction resale lot (a.k.a. the "B Lot").
Previous caretakers of the
1967 Shelby GT Convertible had been traced back to 1973 in
Illinois. Unfortunately information from 1973-1976 was lost
when ownership changed hands in the 1980s.
Prior to 1977, it is believed that the car was owned by a
teenager named Aaron in the town of Arlington Heights, Schaumburg,
Northbrook or Hinsdale, IL before being
purchased by Osbjornson. Also, according to local
lore, this teenager had accumulated more than his share of speeding
tickets in the Shelby and was involved in a fender-bender
- November 1966
- Shelby American (Los Angeles, CA)
- August 18,
1967 - Ford Motor Company (Dearborn, MI)
unknown during this time period;
possibly titled in Michigan.
- 1973-???? -
Car was believed to have been titled in the state of Illinois. Owner(s)
???? - 1976 -
sale in the
classified ads section
of the Chicago Tribune newspaper with a price of
$4000/offer and referencing phone number (312) 392-0571
(phone number might have belonged to a William "Bill"
McGuire in Arlington Heights, IL).
- January 8,
1977 - Donald Neil Osbjornson (Lake Forest, IL)
- August 20, 1978 -
James Ventrella (Northfield, IL)
With about 45,000 miles on the odometer, Jamie was
the first person to discover that the disguised Shelby
convertible was actually a 1967 model year car.
- December 16, 1985
- Richard Kot (Glenview, IL)
It was during Richard's ownership that SAAC was
finally able to validate the hidden Ford VIN and
authenticate the car as the only 1967 Shelby G.T.
Convertible ever serialized and built.
- May 2001 -
Volo Auto Museum / Grams
Family (Volo, IL)
- March 27,
2007 - Dana Mecum (Marengo, IL)
- May 17, 2009
- Samantha Styles (Anaconda, MT)
Photos shared by previous caretakers
A detailed timeline of the
GT500 Convertible's history
* Note: We have
contacted the Department of Motor Vehicles in both Michigan
and Illinois to attempt a title/VIN search, however, both
have stated they only retain records for 10 years.