In the mid-70s, collector Peter DeSilva found a 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 lying forgotten in a junkyard. Most collectors who find the remnants of the most powerful of the Shelby Mustangs would begin building a new GT500 around the shell, but DeSilva intentionally sent it to a crusher instead.
He had a plan, though. As DeSilva explained in a 2020 episode of Hagerty's Barn Find Hunter, the idea to turn the car into an intentionally costly art installation came from a scene in Goldfinger where a Lincoln was crushed into a cube. The scene stuck with him, so, after parting out the serial number and everything else valuable on the car, he sent the remnants of a body that once had a tree growing through it to be cubed at a specialist crusher and took the resulting rectangular Mustang carcass home.
While the loss of a potentially restorable GT500 may make enthusiasts wince, the GT500 Cube is certainly a unique thing. It is packed with recognizable corners, places where you can see what used to be the iconic design elements of the Mustang before its aggressive reshaping at the hands of a crusher. Now, it's the basis of what DeSilva hopes will eventually become a coffee table, complete with holes cut inside for lighting that would showcase surviving mechanical parts inside. The cube still weighs some 1100 pounds even after parting out, however so it may not be the most practical piece of furniture you've ever seen.
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