Jim Morrison’s Lost 1967 Shelby GT500

morrisonlkJim Morrison led a life of excess and mystery so it’s only fitting that he drove an extravagant car to match his superabundant personality. It’s also fitting that his Shelby GT500 disappeared in 1969, never to be seen again.

Rumor has it that Electra records bought Jim the Nightmist Blue 1967 Shelby GT500 for the work done on the self titled debut album by The Doors. One story explaining the cars disappearance had Morrison hitting a telephone pole on the way to the Whisky-A-Go-Go. Frustrated, he walked the rest of the way to the club and either never returned to the accident scene or never followed up with the towing company. Another story had him parking the car at Los Angeles International Airport where the car was left for a long period of time while Morrison traveled. Upon his return the car had been towed and sold at public auction.

What does survive is Morrison’s registration card and footage of Morrison driving his Shelby hard through the desert in an experimental film shot in 1969.

18 Responses to “Jim Morrison’s Lost 1967 Shelby GT500”

  1. That’s an interesting find, the ‘67 Shelby GT500 is truly an impressive car. I recently sold a very well done ‘67 GT500 Eleanor replica to a buyer in Russa. That was certainly one of the most enjoyable photo and video shoots I’ve done.

  2. I was backstage after a Doors concert recently at Pomona, Ca and asked Robby Krieger what happened to Jim’s Shelby. He said that Jim loved that car more than anything and he had it repaired 4 or 5 times after being wrecked but that it did not survive the last wreck. The bodyshop told him it was unrepairable. That is all I know about it.

  3. I HAD THE PRIVLAGE OF TALKING TO ROBY CRUGER BACK STAGE AFTER A CONSERT AT THE POMONA FAIR PLEX.BEING A BIG DOORS FAN AND A PAST SHELBY OWNER I ASKED ROBY ABOUT JIM,S CAR,HE SAID THAT JIM LOVED THAT CAR AND CRASHED IT SEVERL TIMES EACH TIME THE BODY SHOP WOULD FIX IT BUT THE LAST TIME JIM CRASHED THE SHELBY THE BODY SHOP OWNER TOLD JIM IT WAS A TOTAL LOST AND WAS NOT REPAIRABLE, JIM WAS VERY UP SET AND THAT WAS THE LAST ROBY HEARD OF THE SHELBY.I WONDER IF A GUY OR GAIL COULD FIND THE BODY SHOP JIM USED MAYBE THE OWNER HAS THE CAR????

  4. mattrickantonio says:

    i’d like to crash my chevy and get me one of these and drive it in winston salem NC.

  5. jusin C says:

    If it ever turned up, who would get it? The car technically still belongs to Jim. If anyone were to reveal that they had it, it would be taken away and given to the first available family member. Probably why it hasnt been found. I think someone changed all the numbers and got a new ownership. Maybe its still driving around.

  6. Fred Branum says:

    According to the Marti report there were only 47 Nightmist Blue cars with parchment interiors built in 1967. the fact that Jim and horsepower didn’t mix isn’t suprising, these cars are beasts, the Blue Lady woul’ve been no Lady. One less only makes the rest more valuable. Besides some rich celebrity asshole will just squirrel it away. Enjoyed the clip. Hope they never find it.

  7. stefano says:

    Hello everyone I am writing from Italy Im trying to restore a Mustang GT 500 on its own and a dream and a passion that I would help cultivate a long time to find other sites or you can tell me where to find it thanks a lot

  8. Johnny .45 says:

    Wow, that’s some pretty nostalgic footage. It’s weird seeing how different the country used to look, not so long ago. Well, it was kind of the same, but still different! Love all the old cars.
    As for Jim’s Shelby, maybe he’s still driving it around over in France, or wherever he supposedly is secretly living these days …o.0…

  9. The Car Hunter says:

    So here is the likely possibilities. A. The car was wrecked, frame was bend and or the entire body was bent. Now we have to remember this. Mechanics alot of times, will total out a car even though the car is repairable. So what we could be looking at is a case of the mechanic and or body man telling jim that “hey, look, the car can’t be repaired, there has been to much damage from the last wrecks, we will have to total it out” Its also possible that the body man or mechanic, after having worked on the car so much, finaly decided that hey, this dude drinks like a fish, drives like a maniac, and can’t keep this thing on the road, he wrecks it again, I am gonna total it out. Probably save his life. Record company, who fit alot of jims bills, probably had the same attitude. His wife, also, probably had the same attitude. So, it is possible that the vehicle itself is still in existance. Damaged, or repaired. Or, its been crushed into a nice small midnight mist blue cube and long ago melted down for scrap. Even then though, with only 47 comeing out of the plant. Anyone would have atleast yaked the engine and transmission before scrapping it. Step one, find the engine and transmission. The rest of the story on the car would soon follow. It is possible its sitting somewhere in the midwest under a stack of hay or in a dirty old barn. Someone should get to work on finding the car.

  10. The Car Hunter says:

    One more thing. Why is the vin number blocked out on the registration as seen above?

  11. Amazing how that footage is still around after so many years

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  13. brittany blue 67 says:

    The Car Hunter says:
    March 22, 2011 at 7:25 pm
    One more thing. Why is the vin number blocked out on the registration as seen above?

    its certainly blocked out to limit the proliferation of that #, if the vin of a valuable missing mustang with 40 years of unknown history was bouncing around the internet there would be half a dozen lost morrison shelbys that would turn up and be sold off to suckers.

    Hell there are probably some cars out there with parts that could be sourced to that car

    obviously if someone wanted the vin they could find it, but why make fraud easier?

  14. Sean says:

    The VIN is blocked out, as Bret, a Shelby hunter from the East Coast, has the paperwork and is hiding the VIN from most, so that he can be the first to find and hopefully buy the car. He has spoken to me about it before and also told me the VIN, whether by accident or not, I don’t know.

  15. Sean says:

    Oh and Stefano, you can contact me if you’d like help with your GT500. I restore them for a living and would be happy to help out a mate in Italy!

  16. John R says:

    This subject comes up every few years. The Shelby Registry knows the VIN and from what I have heard it was checked against the CA DMV database and the car has not been registered in California since 1969. Is it possible that it was taken to another state? Yes, but that is probably unlikely as the car was wrecked when it was last seen and had little value at the time. None of the parts from the car have ever turned up. The consensus is pretty much that it was crushed.

  17. hatch says:

    in tube video above the car dosnt sound like a v8,428 etc at all, has it been edited ?

    also what do the dealer surrounds on licence plates read ? in other words who was the selling dealer ?

  18. Mark says:

    The Car is in Northern Wisconsin. Long story.

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