04 - 02 - 2014 Classic car of deceased Centre Hall man on auction block
[CDT] - Centre Hall resident, Larry Brown, died last fall but couldn’t take his 1969 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 428 Cobra Jet with him. What he did take, however, was his reason for tacking just 8,500 miles on the ultra-rare muscle car after buying it new from a Centre County dealership. For 40 years, Brown squirreled away the sleek Shelby, but before stashing it in his garage, he drove it sparingly, never letting any water touch its exterior. He died last September -- on his birthday without a wife, children or other immediate heirs, survived by four sisters far away. Now, the GT500 is part of his estate — and a sensation among car collectors looking forward to its April 25 sale at a local auction. State College-based auctioneer Ron Gilligan said, “We’re selling it as found... All we did was knock off the dust.” Anticipating a "circus" for the 12:30pm auction, Gilligan has arranged for parking at the nearby Grange Fairgrounds.