From Famous Restorations To Complete Builds, Shuten Has Done It All

Any car unearthed from its resting place nowadays is deemed a “barn find” even if it’s nowhere near a barn. Regardless of where they may be parked, the folks who own these automobiles are usually aware of what they own, what they are worth, and have some emotional connection to them, which is why we often hear the famous line, “I’m going to fix it someday.” Much of what eventually sees the light of day is the result of a combination of things. On the one hand there is an owner who is finally willing to cut loose with that prized car, and a buyer in a financial position to pay the asking price. These buyers are usually dialed-in to the whole collector car scene and as a result build a word-of-mouth network around them where things regularly land at their doorstep.

Over the years Charlie Lyons, the owner of Charlie’s Classic Cars in Irvington, AL, has established such a network, and the revelation of this 1970 Mustang Boss 429 is the fruit of that network. (To read our original breaking-news story and amateur photo gallery, click here [].) He explains, “We own a restoration shop and we are known for buying collector cars in any form or fashion, whether it is a project or a completed car.” This car came to him through his dentist when someone from there called and asked, “I’ve got a friend and he’s got an old Mustang, and it’s one with the Hemi head motor in it and wanted to know if you’d be interested in it?”

This was the scene of the initial “barn find” in its original resting place where it sat for 29 years.

First off, this isn’t a derelict that was left to sink into the ground. It was put away in the late ’80s as a result of a medical condition suffered by the previous owner, who at the time was actively modifying the Boss into a show car. When Charlie cracked the garage door open, the car was under a number of covers and almost 30 years worth of stuff. It took over six hours to unearth the car. When it was finally dropped to the ground, three of the four tires still held air and the brakes weren’t seized. As a result of the ongoing modifications, however, there were a number of Boss 429 specific items that were long gone. Nevertheless, the body on the car is absolutely flawless with no signs of rust or damage anywhere. It appears to still have the factory paint underneath an added coat of pearl-infused clear.