An open-air carport in Myrtle Beach isn’t the ideal place to store a muscle car for 44 years, but that’s exactly where a single-owner classic Ford that’s listed on eBay has been sitting all this time.
It’s a 1969 Torino GT Cobra Jet fastback that its original owner bought off the lot and put 45,000 miles on before parking it in 1975.
The seller handling the auction tells Fox News Autos that it still has its parts-matching 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet V8 and is mostly original. It also has a 3-speed automatic transmission, factory air conditioning and plenty of South Carolina rust, but not enough to make it a lost cause.
Ford built about 11,000 of them, and this one isn’t equipped with the coveted Drag Pack, so it not the rarest of cars, but you’d be hard pressed to find one that’s only been touched by the elements for so long, and a little elbow grease could be worth quite a lot. The Hagerty Price guide says a fully restored example is worth upwards of $80,000, while even a clean runner could pull in $25,000 or more.
The bidding was nowhere near that at the time of this writing, but it’s been steadily creeping up and the auction doesn’t end until the night of Feb 5.