- Original 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet V8
- Original C6 3-speed automatic transmission
- Correct Ford 9-inch rear end
- Correct power steering
- Correct power front disc and rear drum brakes
- Correct Shelby 10-spoke wheels
- Correct Wimbledon White paint
- Correct Black interior
- Fully documented
- Listed on the SAAC Registry
Here at RK Motors Charlotte we have a tradition of offering the best collector cars on the planet. And, while it's our job to facilitate transactions that make car enthusiasts' dreams come true, we also enjoy telling guests about the legendary metal that adorns our massive Charlotte showroom. So, when the ink dried on the $255K contract to our super rare "Speed Yellow 'King of the Road' Shelby":http://www.rkmotorscharlotte.com/sales/inventory/sold#!/1968-Ford-Shelby-Mustang-GT500KR/132931 it's fair to say we were all a little bummed. That's why we simply couldn't wait to tell you about this awesome Wimbledon White drop-top! Fully documented, featuring a numbers-matching drivetrain and occupying a spot on the official SAAC Registry, this Ford is an excellent example of one of the finest muscle cars ever produced. And if you're a discerning enthusiast who demands the very best in high caliber, investment grade classics, it's the Shelby you've been patiently waiting for!
According to this stellar pony car's Marti Auto Works Elite Report, it was assembled on June 6th, 1968 in Metuchen, New Jersey with the following door data and optional equipment:
SERIAL NUMBER: 8T03R206168-03452
* 8 - 1968 model year
* T - Assembled in Metuchen, New Jersey
* 03 – Shelby Convertible
* R - 428-4V CJ Engine GT-500KR
* 106,168th Mustang scheduled for production at Ford's Metuchen assembly plant
* 3,452nd Shelby scheduled for production
* 76B – Shelby Convertible
* M - Ford #1619 Wimbledon White paint
* 6AA – Black Décor bucket seats
* 04F - Scheduled for build on June 4th, 1968
* 8D2963 – Home Office Reserve ordering district under Domestic Special Order number 2963
* H - 3.50 Traction-Lok axle ratio
* U – C6 automatic transmission
* Black, power convertible top that's complete with a glass backlite
* GT Equipment Group
* Visibility Group
* Power Steering
* Power Front Disc Brakes
* Tilt-Away Steering Column
* AM Radio
* Interior Décor Group
* Tachometer that's complete with a trip odometer
Delivered to Minar Ford in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this awesome Shelby likely spent very little time in the showroom before its big power and big style were unleashed on big city streets. After roughly three decades of excellent maintenance and accident-free driving, the car received a highly detailed, frame-off restoration that included stripping and reworking each of its panels. Once those laser-straight lines and super-smooth surfaces were adequately prepped, a correct coat of Ford Wimbledon White was buried in thick clearcoat and decorated with correct GT500 KR side stripes. And today, this Shelby is a first class show piece that can anchor any serious muscle car collection or hedge any major investment portfolio.
The GT500 threw fuel on the muscle car fire by not only adding power, but also introducing some of the coolest and most aggressive Mustang styling ever created. At the front of this KR, a stainless-trimmed grille hangs big Lucas driving lamps behind clear headlights, a bright chrome bumper and bullet-style parking lamps. At the top of that grille, a familiar “S H E L B Y” script leads the eye to a correct fiberglass hood, which is founded in mirror-like stainless and chip-free glass. Behind that glass, a clean white top folds between a small stainless mirror and correct, “S H E L B Y” branded decklid. At the sides of that top, a straight profile hangs small scoops, ornate Cobra Jet emblems and subtle fender extensions between traditional door handles and dent-free rocker guards. And at the back of that profile, a smooth silver valence centers correct tail lights and a detailed fuel filler between a second chrome bumper, bright reverse lamps and quad, KR-exclusive 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 Ford's lightweight hood and you'll find the original, 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet V8 that's been completely rebuilt from its carburetor all the way down to its (E) May 14th (14), 1968 (8) casting date. Long regarded as one of the most iconic Ford mills ever created, the new-for-1968 428 FE utilized a strengthened medium block, heavy duty rods, a nodular crankshaft and larger valves and ports to produce roughly 410 horsepower. At the top of the engine, ram air cowl induction centers a correctly decaled air cleaner over a correct 4168 Holley carburetor. At the sides of that carburetor, cast iron heads hang crinkle finish Cobra LeMans valve covers between a correct intake and fully restored exhaust manifolds. Fire is provided by a familiar points distributor, which shoots spark through fresh Autolite Radio Resistance wires. Cooling is provided by a stock radiator, which circulates water through pliable FoMoCo hoses. And charging is provided by squeak-free belts, which spin a rebuilt alternator, correct power steering pump and factory smog system via simple black pulleys. Aesthetically, the clean engine bay appears very close to original, featuring an even combination of Satin Black and Ford Blue paint. And everything, from the car's strong Autolite battery to its tidy Ford washer tank, is fully-sorted and ready to show.
Take a look under this Mustang and you'll find exceedingly clean floors that are every bit as solid as the body's straight exterior panels. Behind the legendary Cobra Jet, the original C6 3-speed, which is branded with a correct PGB AG build stamp, spins a familiar Ford 9-inch. At the front of the car, a rebuilt double A-arm suspension centers a beefy sway bar and the aforementioned power steering between correct power disc brakes. At the back of the car, sturdy leaf springs hang correct drum brakes at the edges of a standard stainless fuel tank. At the center of the car, an aluminized, true-dual exhaust system funnels spent gases through an H-shaped crossover, small resonators and a transversely mounted muffler. Power flows to the pavement via E70-15 Goodyear Speedway 350s, which are wrapped around appropriate Shelby 10-spokes. And everything, from the car's un-welded shocks to its over-sprayed floors, appears safe, lucid and ready to roll.
Naturally, Ol' Shel focused most of his energy on the performance and appearance of America's most revered pony car. And when those attributes were combined with Ford's already excellent interior, it paid big dividends. The first thing you'll notice is a snazzy wood-rimmed and chrome-trimmed steering wheel. Behind that wheel, a great looking dash frames a correct 140 MPH speedometer and 8,000 RPM tachometer above a correct Philco radio. Opposite that dash, knitted vinyl seats are in spectacular shape, presenting no evidence of typical convertible rot. Between those seats, a full-length console anchors a slick Shelby shifter between a correct, cobra-branded armrest and small Stewart Warner accessory gauges. Beneath that console, like-new carpet rides tight between Shelby branded sill plates and color-keyed floor mats. Opposite that carpet, a Shelby spec roll bar perfectly complements an autographed sun visor. At the base of that roll bar, pliable door panels feature bright stainless trim, spotless chrome handles and clean wood accents. And at the back of the cockpit, a fully restored trunk features a new mat, fresh decklid decals and a matching spare tire.
The sale of this incredible drop-top includes:
* An original build sheet
* A copy of that build sheet
* An ownership history that dates back to 1973
* A framed Elite Marti Auto Works Report
* Notes from the SAAC Registry
* A reproduction window sticker
* A Certificate of Authenticity for its Carroll Shelby autograph
Few classics 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 collectible. This investment grade KR is a fully documented, fully-sorted show queen 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!