- Original 428 cubic inch Police Interceptor V8
- Original Toploader 4-speed
- Ford 9-inch rear end
- Factory power steering
- Factory power front disc and rear drum brakes
- 15-inch Shelby wheels
- Candyapple Red paint
- Black interior
- Fully documented
From rare 60s Trans Am cars to Fox Body SVOs, the Mustang camp has ALWAYS provided it's fans with a whole portfolio of unique options and fabled powertrains. And in the world of specialty Mustangs, the name Carroll Shelby has always been synonymous with extreme performance and big exclusivity. If you can find a pristine Shelby Mustang that's been correctly restored and has all the right hardware, you can get a serious, investment grade classic with an upward value curve that never seems to end. And if you've ever dreamed of owning a rare Shelby GT500 that mixes a numbers-matching drivetrain with a concours restoration, you've clicked the right icon! Backing a tough 428 Police Interceptor with a rugged Toploader 4-speed, this fully documented Mustang is a pristine example of one of the finest classics ever produced. And if you're the kind of enthusiast who wants to experience the very best of owning a high caliber collectible, it's definitely the car for you!
The term "investment grade" doesn't even begin to describe this awesome Shelby GT500. With its original drivetrain, stack of documentation and concours-grade restoration, this car was the pinnacle of Ford performance in the late 60s and remains the pinnacle of Ford collectability today. As a 1967 model, it's one of the few Shelbys built by Shelby American in Los Angeles, as opposed to Ford Motor Company in Detroit. And naturally it was, and still is, one of the fastest, nastiest and most expensive snakes on the planet!
Shelby GT500 number 02110 was delivered new to Jack Loftus Ford in Hinsdale, Illinois. Recently restored to better-than-new condition, it represents an incredible opportunity to own a real thoroughbred. Paint and bodywork are show quality, befitting a classic of this caliber. The car's traditional Shelby fiberglass pieces fit together properly, including its often difficult decklid spoiler. Those pieces are covered in a familiar coat of Candyapple Red that's been finished to a level that makes old school Rolls-Royce workers envious. And bright white stripes, which are not original to this particular build, have been painted over correct GT500 call-outs.
Shelby's GT line threw fuel on the muscle car fire by not only adding power, but also introducing some of the coolest and most aggressive Mustang design cues ever created. At the leading edge of this slick GT500, a pristine chrome bumper dissects a correct Shelby grille which hangs familiar FoMoCo driving lights between a fresh “SHELBY G.T. 500” badge, bright halogen headlamps and bullet-style parking lights. At the top of that grille, correct chrome lanyards lead the eye past a lightweight fiberglass hood to like-new glass that's framed by bright stainless trim, spotless stainless wipers and a correct chrome mirror. At the sides of that glass, correct Shelby scoops and correct Shelby fender caps combine with factory-fresh Cobra emblems and traditional chrome door handles to provide an aggressive, yet finished appearance. And at the back of the car, a familiar Shelby decklid hangs a second “SHELBY G.T. 500” badge over traditional Shelby tail lights, a handsome Cobra fuel filler, a second chrome bumper, highly detailed reverse lamps and bright stainless exhaust tips.
Now that you've waded through all the flowery prose about paint and stainless trim, it's time to get down to business. Lift this Shelby's glossy red hood and you'll find an original, 428 cubic inch V8 that hangs a correct C6ME-A casting number above an era-correct January (A) 5th (5) of 1966 (6) casting date. Completely rebuilt from its carburetor all the way down to its Ford Blue oil pan, this Mustang's Police Interceptor motor claims a very conservative 355 horsepower. That said; most experts agree that the engine probably puts out closer to 420 horsepower, and as much as 450 lb./ft. of torque. And many enthusiasts believe the mean mill is actually stronger than the Cobra Jet which eventually replaced it. At the top of the rugged FE block, a finned and “COBRA” branded air cleaner jams oxygen into big Holley carburetors that are bolted to a correct aluminum intake. At the sides of that intake, high performance heads hang finned and “COBRA LE MANS” branded valve covers between a small chrome breather and fully restored exhaust manifolds. At the front of those heads, an authentic points distributor utilizes fresh black plug wires to light the cylinder's fires. And in front of that distributor, an original radiator sends water through reproduction tower clamps and fresh FoMoCo hoses. Aesthetically, this Mustang's exceptionally detailed engine bay appears very close to original, featuring an even combination of satin black and Ford Blue paint under correct Ford decals. And everything, from the car's stainless fuel lines and correct Autolite alternator to its vintage washer bag and reproduction Autolite battery, is fully-sorted and absolutely spotless.
Take one look under this awesome GT500 and you'll find exceptionally clean, expertly detailed floors that are every bit as solid as the car's straight exterior panels. Behind Ford's legendary V8, an original close-ratio Toploader, which is branded with a GT500-exclusive RUG-S build stamp, spins streetable 3.50 gears via a correct Ford 9-inch. At the front of the car, familiar torsion bars hang a correct sway bar and factory power steering between freshly rebuilt brakes. At the back of the car, stiff springs hang Shelby-exclusive 2.5-inch FoMoCo brake drums at the edges of a new stainless fuel tank. In the middle of the car, an aluminized, true-dual exhaust system funnels spent gases through a traditional H-pipe crossover, original-style exhaust clamps, long resonators and a reproduction transverse muffler. At the edges of the car, power flows to the pavement through correct E70-15 Goodyear Speedway rollers that are wrapped around 10-spoke Shelby wheels. And everything, from this Ford's oxide-primered floors to its factory-accurate inspection marks, looks better than the day the car rolled out of the factory.
Inside this killer pony's impressive cockpit you'll find a black comfort weave interior that was painstakingly reconstructed during the car's world class restoration. Naturally, Shelby focused most of his energy on performance and exterior appearance; and when those attributes were combined with Ford's already excellent Mustang interior, it paid big dividends. The first thing you'll notice is an old school wood-rimmed and chrome-trimmed steering wheel that, for $33.95, was installed at Jack Loftus Ford. Above that wheel, a great looking dash frames a correct 140 MPH speedometer, a correct 8,000 RPM tachometer and a Ford AM radio in satin silver trim. In front of that dash, plush vinyl seats, which probably haven't broken double digit road hours, present no evidence of sun damage or rot. Beneath those seats, new black carpet and bright stainless sills center a small chrome shifter between thick rubber mats and authentic Stewart Warner gauges. Above that carpet, a simple black roll bar hangs fresh shoulder belts below a fade-free headliner. At the sides of that roll bar, stylish black door panels feature excellent stainless trim, spotless chrome handles and fresh silver accents. And at the back of the cockpit, familiar Shelby vents ride above a folding rear seat that expands a small cargo hold.
As you might imagine, the sale of this investment grade Ford includes ample documentation. From its original invoices, shipping orders, dealer forms, and transaction paperwork to its recent Deluxe Marti Auto Works report, this Mustang has a paper trail that's a mile long. Additionally, we have a full assortment of owner's manuals and warranty booklets. And the car also appears on page 744 of the 1997 Shelby American Automobile Club World Registry.
There are few cars that have the kind of attitude and presence of an old school Shelby. And if previous trends are any indication, these cars will continue to gain value as they become more exclusive and more collectible. This professionally restored GT500 is a documented, fully-sorted classic that drives and sounds every bit as good as it looks. If you're a dedicated purist who desires only the best, here's your chance to own the ultimate muscle car!
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