Shawn and his Shelby
What do dangling out of a helicopter with a camera and a building a tribute car have in common? Both require intense focus, knowledge, and skill. That’s why videographer and pilot Shawn Adams turned to the body shop at Butler Automotive Group to transform his stock 1967 Ford Mustang convertible into a 1967 Shelby Mustang Tribute car.
Only one authentic ’67 Shelby convertible exists. Widely acknowledged as the rarest race car in the world, the original belonged to legendary racecar driver, racing team owner, engineer and entrepreneur Carroll Shelby who died in Spring of 2012 at the age of 89. While Shelby manufactured a 1968 convertible, the ’67 drop top never went into production. But that couldn’t keep it from becoming the object of many a teenager’s obsession, including Shawn’s. So, what’s the appeal? “That you never see them around,” he says. “I’ve always liked the look of the ’67 but that model didn’t come in a convertible. It all comes down to the hood and nose. The front end defines that car.”
So, in Fall of 2011 Shawn turned to Butler Automotive Group for help making a Shelby out of his stock 1967 Ford Mustang convertible. He knew Butler, under the watchful eye and skilled hand of Body Shop Manager Guy Fowler, had restored three classic cars already and that Guy, having been part owner in a Camaro building shop in San Jose, had years of experience under his belt. In his spare time Guy, along with body shop technician Thad Grogan, and painters George Dunphy and Rob Scott, dismantled Shawn’s car and began the painstaking process of rebuilding it while adding reproduction Shelby parts. The vehicle was then painted a shade closely matching the original’s candy-apple red. “It was really important to do it right,” Guy says. “The whole car is functional. It’s tight. It was a quality build.” The Tribute car is now fully intact and on display at Butler Ford in Ashland.
A videographer who regularly hangs out of a helicopter to shoot video for such clients as National Geographic and Discovery, Shawn’s been documenting the build and will be assembling a full-length video detailing the process. The plan is to incorporate the Tribute car into a Butler Ford television commercial in Spring of 2013. We don’t want to give too much away but feel safe in saying the spot will include more than one Mustang and at least one helicopter. In the meantime, Shawn’s crossing his fingers for good weather so he can take his sweet ‘Stang on the road, top down, of course. But even if he has to wait until next year, he’s content to just look, for now. “I think it’s the coolest material object I’ve ever seen in my life,” he says. “And that is the truth.”
To see the build process visit https://butlersservicecenters.wordpress.com/the-67-shelby-project/.
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Studies show nearly 90% of all prospective auto buyers start their research on-line. It’s no wonder since everything from price to options to reviews and availability within your area can be found on the web. But when your search narrows to one vehicle in particular, there is certain information you’ll only find by turning to the Monroney sticker. Ever since the Automobile Information Disclosure Act penned by longtime Oklahoma Congressman Almer Stillwell “Mike” Monroney was passed in 1958 every new vehicle in the U.S. has been required to sport a “Monroney” sticker in either a window or the windshield. The sticker will provide you with the following information about the vehicle:
- Serial or Identification Numbers
- Engine and transmission specifications
- Standard equipment and warranty details
- The final assembly point
- The name, and the location of the place of business, of the dealer to whom it is to be delivered
- The method of transportation used in making delivery of such automobile, if driven or towed from final assembly point to place of delivery
- The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP or “sticker price”) of the base vehicle
- The MSRP of optional equipment installed on the base vehicle
- The transportation charges for delivery of the vehicle to the dealer from the manufacturer
- The TOTAL MSRP of all the above.
- The EPA mileage estimates
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration crash test rating
Starting in model year 2013 look for the Monroney to include additional information about fuel economy, expected fuel costs and emissions ratings.
Again, the Monroney sticker is only required to be posted on new vehicles. But if you bought a used car, you can still find the Monroney. Visit http://researchmaniacs.com/VIN-Number-Lookup/WindowSticker.html and enter your vehicle’s VIN (Vehicle Identification Number, usually found on the driver’s side dashboard or on the driver’s side door post near where the door hinges to the vehicle).
Sources: autopedia.com, www.nytimes.com, www.widipedia.com,