June 17th, 2013, 10:52 PM
There is a lot mixed up in the first posting.
Fact is that the 5R539 that Claude Dubois raced at 1967 Le Mans was a real Shelby. Most parts of it were later taken out of 5R539 and put in a Hardtop for at least one race, then returned to 5R539 and its roof cut off, since hardtops were homologated in that period.
The racing and body work incl. maintenance of 5R539 finally fell together with some underfinanced capital situation of the company and the controller of Dubois enterprise pulled the trigger. (as he puts it himself in his book)
The rest of the story of 5R539 has lots of facettes and details that go beyond the published registry. As many longtime Shelby enthusiasts know there is always a hidden registry entry behind a published registry entry as it is a snapshot in time of what is known. It is true that a registered car is around in Belgium. To understand what registered means, you need to read the preword in the SAAC bible.
One of the facts is that a Mustang hardtop with the same wiper set-up as pictured in Le Mans and Spa was sold to 3 germans as a race team with custom papers of 5R539. I have copies of those and pics from the car from the original owner. This hardtop was later in the 80ies scrapped, confirmed by the owner and his racing mates.
The 5R107 story is a complete different one that was captured by previous owners and even on Colin Comers former website 5r107.com (which has disappeared unfortunately) only partially. With about 17 owners or more there are still many, many details to cover. But at least it has left little doubt about its chain of ownership and is now in Switzerland.