Wrong. As evidenced by the 1965 Shelby GT350 that is being auctioned at the 2012 Barrett-Jackson auction. As the story goes, this car was still in the possession of its original owner (purchased on September 29, 1965) until 2009, and had only accumulated 44,000 miles. Since then, it's seen only basic care and maintenance to make it suitable for the road, but the entire body, paint and interior are all original and untouched. We hope it forever stays this way... a car is only original once, and it can never be unrestored.
We figured there might be a lot of interest in the car, but even we underestimated just how much. The final bid for the car was an astounding $350,000 with the final price set at $385,000 after auction fees.
Check out a video of the car hitting the auction block and read more about its story after the break, and check out our high-res images live from Scottsdale above.
Summary: An amazing barn find that was owned by its original owner until 2009. It has the numbers matching engine and drivetrain, original paint and interior with 44,000 original miles. The engine and transmission have been freshened and the car is very drivable.
Details: An amazing barn find that was owned by its original owner until 2009. It has complete documentation that includes a copy of the original sales agreement from Shelby American to Galpin Ford and shipped to Webster Ford in Caruthers, Calif., who sold it to the original owner on September 29, 1965. It has a California Pink Slip, the sales agreement between Webster Ford and the original owner and the California Black plates are still on the car. It has the original, matching numbers engine and drivetrain, original paint and interior with 44,000 original miles. All original sheet metal, glass and four wheels. The engine and transmission have been freshened and the car is very drivable. There is photo documentation of removing it from its resting place of many years.