This is a Barn Find to beat all Barn Finds!

The GT-E was only available for a few brief months in 1968. Total production would not have kept the assembly line busy for more than a half day. If you know anything about a GT-E, it is important, and this is the place to share it. The GT-E registry is maintained by Jim Pinkerton.
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Post by BOSSGTE » 28 Feb 2018, 18:07

How was this GTE discovered?

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Post by Cougar1 » 01 Mar 2018, 05:32

The nephew of the original owner reported it to the GT-E Registry in 2005.
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Post by Royce » 01 Mar 2018, 08:53

Jerry Heasley posted the story online with photos today:

http://www.hotrod.com/articles/40-years ... ugar-gt-e/
1968 GT-E XR-7 W code 427 Augusta Green / Saddle
1968 XR-7 R code 428CJ Ram Air Red / Black
1910 Model T Ford Touring Red / Black
1914 Model T Touring Maroon / Black
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Post by DieselD » 01 Mar 2018, 09:58

Really cool. You can tell he was not happy about selling it and I imagine I could relate if I was in his shoes. I imagine its more to him then just a car and its more like letting part of himself go instead. The realization of his age and a hope to ever get it back on the road again has got to be a hard thing to admit as well. They loved that car and its their memory with it, They had to love it to keep it for 50years! Just think how often that will happen with families today? How many people do you know that will buy a car and hold on to it for 50 years today? Im sure if was much easier for them knowing that car will be brought back to its former glory and respected for its history. Good work guys
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Post by BOSSGTE » 01 Mar 2018, 11:42

Great find, but I feel kind of sad I did not get a chance to buy such an exciting, original, rust-free and beautiful GTE. Wish I knew about it! This car should never be restored. And worth more than 60K as an original GTE in my book.

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Post by Don Rush » 01 Mar 2018, 12:49

While on the surface $60k seems cheap for a E it is amazing how quick one can sink $25k into a car. Jim P will most likely have John Benoit do a fair amount of the work and with transport, engine rebuild and labor (even if Jim counts his own labor at $10 per hour) he will quickly surpass the price of the one advertised just up the road from him that is turn key at $85k.

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Post by BOSSGTE » 01 Mar 2018, 15:40

Don, don't forget the extra 427 mid-rise engine thrown in. That's a 5k to 10K bonus depending on condition and bore size. I have not inspected the car, but maybe the less done the better for a rare "red XR7" survivor car like this. With some wise money invested on a "sympathetic" restoration...this car will be in a class all its own. I am sure there are several other cars out there for sale just like it...for 55K.

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Post by BossElim69 » 01 Mar 2018, 16:22

For the condition it’s in and what it needs. I’d say it’s a good price for both the seller and buyer. It was important to the seller that it goes to a cougar enthusiast.
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Post by 7.0 Litre Kid » 01 Mar 2018, 19:08

Cougar1 wrote:
01 Mar 2018, 05:32
The nephew of the original owner reported it to the GT-E Registry in 2005.
Curious as to why the car was listed in the Registry with no owner info. , but San Jose CA , as the location.

Just to confirm!
I was never told about this car, maybe wouldn’t have been interested, but I was surely in the market , More than once in this time frame.
Seems like Jim waited a long time for this deal !
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Post by Cougar1 » 01 Mar 2018, 20:35

It was listed that way at the original owners' request.

Also regarding the blue GT-E mentioned below -- it was sold in '08 (last time I looked that was ten years ago), and that car and the one I just bought are not comparable from an originality and authenticity perspective.
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