1. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  2. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  3. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  4. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  5. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  6. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  7. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  8. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  9. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  10. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  11. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  12. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  13. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  14. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  15. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  16. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

  17. 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible

Lot Number
1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible
The Pacific Grove Auction

ESTIMATE: $130,000 - $160,000
CHASSIS NO: 8T03S149505-01792
• Rare and coveted GT500 convertible
• 1 of only 402 examples originally produced
• Meticulous restoration to factory specification
• Retains original four-speed; period-correct Philco radio
• Build sheet, Marti Report, and factory tags

428 cid Police Interceptor V-8 engine, Holley four-barrel carburetor, 355 HP at 5,600 RPM, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with unequal-length A-arms and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, power-assisted front disc and rear drums brakes; wheelbase: 108”

Following the original 1965-66 Shelby GT350s, many changes took place for 1967 and beyond. An entirely new body had been created for the 1967 Mustang, and the old snake charmer himself, was ready to start stuffing some big-block horsepower under the hood of that car. At the end of the 1967 model year, Ford decided to contract with A. O. Smith in the Detroit area, to take partially completed designated Mustangs and finish them off with the Shelby engineered and designed touches. While the 428 powered GT500 had been unveiled in 1967, this year something new was available, a convertible was part of the Shelby catalog offerings. One offering from this era of high-performance, high-horsepower and high-styling, that never seems to lose its appeal has been the Mustang-based Shelby. The world took notice this year with strong sales numbers and another generation of Shelbys would be born.

This stunning GT500 finished in its original Sunlit Gold paint scheme, is one of 402 convertibles created during the model year. It has been meticulously restored back to its original factory specification in both cosmetics and mechanical components. According to the consignor, this car was delivered new exactly how it is presented today. Treated to a repaint several years ago, the Sunlit Gold metallic finish has held up well and looks like it just rolled out of the showroom. The black vinyl seats have been replicated with their original grain and pain-staking accuracy with the proper stitching patterns followed just as they were installed back at the Metuchen, New Jersey assembly plant.

Today, the car is properly presented in its original color scheme. The black soft top was replaced around the same time as the rest of the cosmetic restoration process. Riding on an original set of Shelby’s 10-spoke alloy wheel, they are shod with newer BF Goodrich radial tires. The original transmission has been rebuilt and reinstalled and, at great expense, a period-correct Philco AM radio was sourced and put in the car just as when the car was new.

Verification of the vehicles of this caliber is paramount and this Shelby GT500 has all the right stuff. The original door tag, or data plate, remains on the vehicle to this day. Under the hood you will find the Shelby American VIN tag, also in its original location, and most important is the buck-tag that was attached to this car at the start of its assembly process. Also located with the car is an original broadcast form, or build sheet, that acts as a car’s birth certificate, chronicling exactly what items this car was equipped with from new. Topping off the heritage list is a report from Marti Works that draws its information directly from Ford factory records. According to the consignor, this GT500 is fast and tracks true and straight. Born at the same time as America was preparing to go to the moon, this Sunlit Gold GT500 convertible is ready to launch you into orbit as you will find that this Shelby has received an “all systems go” designation.

1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible
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