1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
First things first, just to save you the trouble of asking: yes, it's a real GT500, yes it has a 428, and yes, it's documented. If you're a Ford muscle fan, you know there's not much better than a 1968 Shelby GT500 in Candy Apple Red on Black. Not to mention how rare these cars are with so few manufactured in this iteration and with factory air conditioning. Beautifully restored to an incredibly high level, this no-excuse Shelby fastback might be the coolest car in our inventory. According to the Marti Report, original build sheet, and the factory invoice, this Shelby Registry certified car has been restored to a factory level that even Carroll Shelby would be proud of. There's just no mistaking the Shelby look, from the custom fiberglass hood, to the side scoops, to the molded rear deck lid and sequential taillights, it makes a loud statement. Gaps are excellent, even around the hood which is especially problematic for restorers, and you'll note that the spoiler out back lines up neatly with the fenders. That's not easy to do. With everything in order, it was covered by several layers of of correct Code T Candy Apple Red, a set of Wimbledon White GT500 stripes, and then finished to a very high standard. All the correct Shelby bits are there, including the driving lights up front in the grille, hood pins, SHELBY block letters, and, of course, the coiled snake emblems on the fenders. Open the door and you'll find beautifully restored Code 5A Black Knitted DÃ©cor group interior that compliments the Candy Apple Red exterior perfectly. The door panel sets the theme in a two-tone treatment with a woodgrain panel trimmed in chrome piping and ribbed chrome dresses out the bottom. The original and correct two-spoke steering wheel with a Shelby center is mounted on a tilt-away column. The dash is stock and super clean with a wood grain upper with all the chrome trim and controls looking great and shining bright, and the dash pad protecting it is free of cracks and warping, which is another sure sign that this car has always slept in a climate-controlled garaged. Ventilation controls include those for the factory optional "Selectaire" air conditioning which was only available in conjunction with the automatic transmission, and quite frankly, down hear in sweltering Texas we'll take that trade-off every time. The shifter rises out of a beautiful wood grain center console that includes Stewart Warner gauges for oil pressure and charging amperage at the front with a nice Cobra armrest on top of the storage compartment. The Sport Deck folding rear seat is also freshly finished to match the rest of the interior and the factory roll bar quickly reminds the passengers to hold on, because this isn't just a Pony grocery-getter. Pop that fiberglass deck lid and you'll find a correct mat and full-size Shelby 10-spoke spare wrapped in a BFGoodrich T/A radial, ready for show duty. Under the hood is exactly what you want to see. This is Ford's big 428 cubic-inch V8 borrowed from the Police Interceptor package. This is believed to be the original motor (there's no way to know for sure if early Mustangs are 100% matching numbers, but this one has all the right equipment, correct date-code, the "C" stamp on the back of the block, and matches the build sheet, which is about as close as you can get), and you can see there has been a huge investment here during the restoration. The bold blue block, hallmark fined air cleaner, matching valve covers, correct decals, and all the correct components look so fresh that this engine bay award-worthy all on its own. Plus, the solid investment here also means this Holley 4-barrel carb fires up the big block easily with a ferocious roar from the stock manifolds that feed the dual exhaust below. But don't just hear the sound; follow its path in the undercarriage photos where you'll see more of the super clean look and very solid floor pans. And with that smooth-shifting C6 automatic transmission, you have the proper hardware to tame all that Ford big-block power. Add in the sports suspension, power steering, and power front disc brakes, and this bright GT500 is ready to take on any asphalt. The look is finished off with correct Shelby 10-spoke rims wrapped in 215/70/15 BFGoodrich T/A radials. An important car like this needs the right paperwork to back it up. That's why the sale comes with a rare factory build sheet, factory invoice, Marti Report and even an old title signed by Carroll Shelby himself. This is rarity restored with the respect it deserves, so if you're a true enthusiast that loves to drive, call today!