Eduardo contacted the Shelby American Automobile Club and confirmed the car's heritage through the '67 Registrar. He spent several years hunting parts in the U.S. Apparently, the cost and logistics to restore an American supercar in Spain overwhelmed him. Eduardo sold the GT500 to a collector in England who, ironically, also owned the companion Lime Green '67 GT500 that was sent by Shelby to Seville.
With help from liaison John Burgess, the English collector sold the car to Bill Collins in December 2002. Bill arranged shipment by boat to the U.S. After EPA inspection, the fastback cleared the Port of Baltimore.
Ted Kitten was a logical buyer. The word "fair" is part of his hometown's name-Fairway, Kansas-and he says the Spanish heritage sparked his interest. "Fairway is next to Kansas City, which has an outdoor shopping district modeled after Seville in Spain."
Ted bought the car from Bill Collins in the summer of 2003. In 2005, he sent the Shelby to Whiting Restoration.
Bill said, "From what we could tell, it was pretty much a production GT500 that Shelby plucked out of inventory. The only distinguishing feature that survives is the Auto Leyetana decal from the Barcelona Ford dealer."
Bill points out, "Here was a car styled to evoke the imagery of the performance European road cars of the era." Therefore, shipping four '67 Shelbys to Europe for display made a lot of sense. The '67 Feria De Sevilla included an international pavilion for the first time for displaying manufactured goods from around the world, including cars. That probably prompted Shelby American to get involved. Shelby had a Spanish distributor and sold cars there through 1970.
Ted's No. 1191 is one of the early '67s with the desirable in-board driving lights. The Nightmist Blue fastback features the optional Mag Star 15x7-inch Kelsey-Hayes wheels with the gold Shelby Cobra center caps. The original pair of four-barrel Holleys makes the 428 Police Interceptor big-block look hot under the long Cobra air cleaner lid.
These features add up to a hot GT500. But the real story is the car's heritage and the Shane Whiting restoration to its original "fair" condition.