Sure, patience can be learned over time, but is there anyone patient enough, or at least, restrained enough to buy a 540-horsepower Ford Mustang and never drive it… ever? The answer is “yes” apparently, at least two people patient enough.
This 2010 Shelby GT500 recently surfaced for sale online, and in the past six years since it was built it has accumulated just 21.1 miles to its name, all added while it was being delivered to its original owner. Seeing as how most late-model Shelbys are driven and raced liberally, this is quite the rare and slightly peculiar find.
There is a story behind it, however. According to the Mustang’s current owner, the 2010 Shelby GT500 was originally purchased by a Mr. G. Ellingsen, who had the brand-new car delivered straight from the dealership and into his barn, where he tucked it away permanently.
Whether he intended to keep it as a future investment or to drive it at a later date remains unclear. Sadly, he passed away and wouldn’t get the chance for either.
Following his death, the Shelby GT500 was then offered up for auction at the estate sale, and the top bidder (the car’s current owner) chose to keep the barn find Shelby story alive. It still hasn’t been driven.
As Barnfinds notes, it’s essential a brand new six-year-old pony car, and the spotless interior reinforces that. The Shelby GT500 pairs its white exterior racing stripes with matching stripes down the unused leather seats. A cue ball styled shifter leverages a barely used Tremec six-speed manual, but it’s up front where the beast really lives (or slumbers, if you will).
The Shelby GT500 houses a big 5.4-liter supercharged V8, which is capable of cranking out 540 horsepower, 510 lb.-ft. of torque, and launching to 60 mph in four and a half seconds. These are fast, fast cars. They’re not quite as bellicose as the GT500s that arrived in 2013 and 2014—the record-setting 662-horsepower monsters—but they’re quite savage nonetheless.
Now that the car is being offered new ownership, the question almost begs itself—do you drive it and enjoy a brand new car that’s been begging for some throttle, or do you keep it forever preserved in low-mileage hibernation?
Denizens of the Internet, what do you think?