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1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 Convertible

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Transcript of 1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 Convertible

1968 Ford Shelby GT350 Convertible
Drivetrain
Configuration: Longitudinal front engine
Engine: V8
Displacement: 302 cu in/4.95L
Horsepower: 250 hp at 4,800 RPM
Torque: 310 ft-lbs at 2,800 RPM
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
A Little History
There were only 1,175 GT350s sold in 1968, the last year Carroll Shelby was involved in the making of the GT Mustangs, and it proved ultimately to be a significant year for the model.
Shelby's first order of business was to begin development on the new Mustang models, the 302 and 429, that he personally dubbed “Boss,” making his search for dominance abundantly clear.
Not long after, Shelby terminated his work with Ford and sold the “Cobra” name to them for just $1 (shown at right a 1968 advertisement for the Shelby Cobra GT350 and GT500)
A full Marti report for this car indicated it was originally Lime Gold. While there was 404 Shelbys that were produced that year in the GT350 model, the report shows there were only 28 that were Lime Gold. The Marti report also shows it had the extra cooling package, black decor, bucket seats and an automatic transmission.
This car is signed by Carroll Shelby on the glovebox, the driver's side sun visor, and the convertible top cover stored in the trunk.
1968 Shelby Mustang GT350 Convertible
1968 Ford Shelby GT350 Convertible
1968 Ford Shelby GT350 Convertible
1968 Ford Shelby GT350 Convertible
1968 Ford Shelby GT350 Convertible
1968 Ford Shelby GT350 Convertible
1968 Ford Shelby GT350 Convertible
1968 Ford Shelby GT350 Convertible
1968 Ford Shelby GT350 Convertible
1968 Ford Shelby GT350 Convertible
The Shelby Mustang is a high-performance variant of the Ford Mustang which was built by Carroll Shelby from 1965 to 1968, and from 1969 to 1970 by Ford.
Shelby’s Ford-powered car went on to win the FIA Manufacturers Grand Touring World Championship in 1965 – the only American car company to ever do so.
Almost midway through 1968, Shelby decided that he had outgrown his facility in Los Angeles and relocated to Livonia, Michigan to open the new Shelby Automotive, Inc. factory.
Image courtesy of www.uniquecarsandparts.com.
Right around the same time, Ford brought over Semon “Bunkie” Knudsen from General Motors as the new corporate president.

It was common knowledge that Bunkie didn’t like Shelby, as his Corvettes were consistently smoked by Shelby’s Mustangs.
1970 Ford Mustang Boss 429
So long as the car looked mostly stock, the engine upgrades and interior restrictions were essentially ignored by the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). However, unlike the previous two seasons, Ford decided that all Trans-Am engines were to be built at the Ford factory in Detroit then shipped to Shelby for installation, as opposed to Shelby building the engines himself.
Racing
Unfortunately, that led to a host of problems on the track, as these engines were notoriously unreliable due to issues with the oiling system that lead to regular blown engines during races. The GT350 was completely embarrassed by the Camaro Z/28 all season and didn’t even make the championships.
Shelby’s Ford-powered car went on to win the FIA Manufacturers Grand Touring World Championship in 1965 – the only American car company to ever do so.
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