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« on: October 11, 2017, 07:29:18 AM »

So I purchase a 66 GT 350 from a family maybe 15 years ago and they explain how one of their sons were killed driving a 66 Shelby in the 1980's.

Of course I took interest in the circumstances and when I returned to pick up the car they had me a copy of the newspaper article on the accident.
Ugh!

Thank you Brian for posting the clipping.

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« Reply #1 on: October 11, 2017, 09:14:43 AM »

Here is a link in case it becomes a black box:

https://imageshack.com/i/poQzSg6Dj





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« Reply #2 on: October 11, 2017, 11:46:39 AM »

Hi Bret,  Are you saying the GT350 was fixed and you purchased.  Or it was a different car?  I can't imagine it was fixed.

Thanks

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« Reply #3 on: October 11, 2017, 12:38:27 PM »

Awful accident, very sad. Also keen to hear what number car and where it is today?

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« Reply #4 on: October 11, 2017, 02:39:52 PM »

I purchased a red automatic from the family I think...
If I remember correctly this other car was a Hertz...

Somewhere in my files I have the VIN and the car was purchased by a family friend after the accident.....

Kinda like one of those 1958 Plymouth Fury's "Christine" cars.....



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« Reply #5 on: October 11, 2017, 04:37:15 PM »

Would you want to own and drive a car that you knew someone had died in?  I guess we should ask the Cobra owners, a good number could ask themselves that.

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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2017, 06:09:14 PM »

Would you want to own and drive a car that you knew someone had died in?

Nope    Undecided

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« Reply #7 on: October 11, 2017, 06:51:44 PM »

Not for me

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« Reply #8 on: October 11, 2017, 07:04:49 PM »

Might add a paranormal air of mystery to it. Wasn't there an R model that killed several spectators down in South America?  It might have been one of the three brought up from Peru back in the 1980s?

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« Reply #9 on: October 11, 2017, 07:48:10 PM »

had a couple of "dead guy" cars. a new 73 f100 4x4 that rolled down a bank into the river, found him dead in truck 3 days late 4 miles down stream, and a two year old bmw the gulped down a can of draino. smell never came out of either vehicle. phred

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« Reply #10 on: October 11, 2017, 08:43:25 PM »

Looks like this is 6S2041 according to the registry.  The car may still be in existence.  According to page 328 it was known to be owned by a guy in NY in 2007.   I wonder what it looks like today. 

After the crash it was sent to a wrecking yard.  There it was doused with diesel fuel and burned.  Then three different guys owned it until 1995 when the current owner purchased it.   Obviously the latest information from 2007 could have changed in the last 10 years, but that's what we know so far unless someone else knows any more about it. 

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« Reply #11 on: October 12, 2017, 01:09:20 AM »

Looks like this is 6S2041 according to the registry.  The car may still be in existence.  According to page 328 it was known to be owned by a guy in NY in 2007.   I wonder what it looks like today.  

After the crash it was sent to a wrecking yard.  There it was doused with diesel fuel and burned.  Then three different guys owned it until 1995 when the current owner purchased it.   Obviously the latest information from 2007 could have changed in the last 10 years, but that's what we know so far unless someone else knows any more about it.  

I wonder why it was doused with fuel? Would love to see it today

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« Reply #12 on: October 12, 2017, 02:13:46 AM »

I wonder why it was doused with fuel? Would love to see it today

That's pretty standard stuff for an automobile exorcism. Hysterical

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« Reply #13 on: October 12, 2017, 04:07:08 AM »

That's pretty standard stuff for an automobile exorcism. Hysterical

It might be ok for other cars but not for a GT350!  PeelOut

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« Reply #14 on: October 12, 2017, 05:35:23 AM »

Way back before PC's and the Internet, the late '60s, there were "rumors" of fatalities and or devistating accidents in Cobras. Mostly 427's.

The first batch of 427's had a nasty habit of exhibiting what is now called "snap steer". The 427 Cobra combination was just for the time a lethal combination.

This is well before the Cobra Club created the first "Registry" but was definitely a large contributing factor.

It was also well before DWI was in-forcible and a time when $5,000 to $6,000 would put you in the drivers seat.

There were other contributing factors as well, such as single reservoir brake master cylinders.

To my memory, the "stories" were largely around 427 Corvettes and Cobras like the Jan & Dean story but I do remember a R model sold by Larsen Ford loosing it's brakes right after delivery and hitting a concrete bridge abutment less then 1/2 mile a way from me one summer night just about sun down.

I'm still looking for that car and even the details in the Registry on that one. The apparent fact that it was never reported to the Registrar is hope that the car is still out there?

I will point out that '67 GT500's had a terrible survival expectancy. The most lethal tire I ever experienced was the original Goodyear that Shelby delivered those cars with. With any kind of moisture on the road, you just couldn't steer the car. It was like driving on an ice/snow/sleet combination.

I couldn't help but notice the high rate of not necessarily fatalities but definitely a high "vehicle wreck ratio" with the Ford GT's.

Seems that the new owners couldn't wait to see what the top speed of the car is upon delivery from the dealer. I suppose, some things will never change?

The money to purchase a 2,500 pound cruise missile is not a qualification to operate it.

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