How can you find a car's history through a VIN number if the car doesn't belong to you?
There is no system to check out the VIN on a car this old. The best you will be able to do is track down past owners and ask them. By the way, if you have a chance to get a real Shelby for cheap, accidents and mechanics are the least of your worries. A real Shelby, even in poor condition is worth a fortune. Do not worry about the past, if it is real and legit, then buy it if it's cheap. A Shelby needing restoration should be $15,000 or more, a restored one will be close to the $75000 to $80000 range.