January 15th, 2014, 09:26 AM
The Marti report is the Ford record. It is gospel if it matches the car.
Kevin is the only person with access to these records. Even Ford could not supply you with the level of detail he gives you. They simply wont take the time or have the knowledge at this point.
Its very doubtful Carroll Shelby or anyone currently at Shelby would have any idea what you have. Carroll Shelby was not involved in the design or construction of the cars to that degree. His company sold over 14,000 cars 40 plus years ago. He would have been very little help if any.
Your best options are trying to find old engineers from AO Smith and Ford. I also recommend contacting SAAC as they hold many records.
Its doubtful its the only CJ prototype, because SAAC shows all four non serial numbered prototypes as GT 500s. One did have a 390 engine. Based on that I suspect the car you have is probably the black fastback.
Unfortunately, the engineering cars are under appreciated and under valued in my opinion. So, instead of winning the lotto, you probably have something worth as much as an average GT 500.
I have been studying the prototypes and engineering cars for years. There is very little information available. If you have found someone, you better document everything they have, pictures, notes, recollections.