<b>1969 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500</b><br />Chassis no. SFM480266
Lot 144
From the Private Collection of Carroll Shelby
1969 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Sold for US$ 92,960 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1969 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Chassis no. SFM480266

428ci OHV V8 Engine
Single 4-Barrel Carburetor
335bhp at 7,000rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Independent Front with Live Axle Rear Suspension
Front Discs and Rear Drum Brakes

*From the personal collection of Carroll Shelby
*Final development of the Shelby Mustang
*Fewer than 65,000 original miles
*Potent Cobra Jet Power


THE FORD MUSTANG SHELBY GT500

1969 was, effectively, the final year for the Shelby Mustang. By now assembly had shifted from Michigan to California where it was contracted out to A.O. Smith Corporation. Smith, an established Motor City contractor, had brought a level of serious manufacturing skill, supplier management, procedure and standards never seen at Shelby's facility where LAX met the vibrant (and sometimes extreme) subculture of Venice, California.

Now largely designed and specified by Ford staffers, the 1969 Shelby Mustang was drastically different visually from the standard Mustangs, with a completely different nose and grille, a wide rectangular opening with blacked out grille flanked by 7" headlights and with Shelby's characteristic driving lights now smaller rectangular pieces below the attractive, but largely ineffective, bumper. The special Shelby hood had five ducts, three NACA-style surface ducts replaced the complicated but entertaining shaker hoods of years gone by to supply cold air directly to the engine air intake and two extractors at the back of the hood relieving underhood pressure and exhausting heated air in front of the windshield.

A surface duct behind the headlights and a scoop behind the door and in front of the rear wheel arch that was ducted to the rear brakes continued the performance theme. The rear panel was completely different from the Mustang, housing a set of 1965 Thunderbird sequential taillights with the rear license plate placed between them and including a small ducktail spoiler. The area under the bumper where standard Mustangs carried their license plate contained two rectangular outlets for the Shelby's dual exhaust system. Standard wheels were unique 5-spoke Mag Stars with alloy centers and chrome steel rims.

Under the hood lay the 428 Cobra Jet which had powered the '68 Shelby GT500KR. Both Ford and Shelby recognized the superiority of the high-performance CJ and made it the standard engine for 1969's Shelby Mustangs.

At the end of the 1969 model year 789 Shelby Mustangs were in-process at A.O. Smith. They were visually updated with black hood stripes and a chin spoiler and given new VINs. Otherwise the 1970s were exactly the same as the '69s making these two years essentially identical examples of the end of the Shelby Mustang series which had begun only a scant six years before.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This top of the line GT500 was shipped to Pletcher Ford, Inc. of Jenkintown, Pennsylvania on January 29th, 1969, where it was purchased by its first owner, R.S. Ward of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. On June 6th, 1969, the wheels were replaced under the U-01 wheel recall campaign, at which point the car's mileage was recorded at 5,278. On October 10th of that same year, after having covered 9,156 miles, the car was brought in again for the U-05 fuel filler recall campaign. Ward would keep the car until 1997 when he sold it to Ralph Augustine III with only 59,140 miles on the clock. After about 3 years of ownership, Mr. Augustine traded the cobra jet to Don Breon Ford, in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. On April 27th, 2010, the Shelby was acquired through Stephen Becker, LLC of Atlanta Georgia.by the man who initiated its development, Carroll Shelby. The car was purchased with 63,767 miles as an unrestored, original survivor. It was picked up by Shelby's people in Atlanta and taken to his facility in Gardena, California, before being moved to his Las Vegas facility. The icon appeared on Speedvision's "Pinks" during the highlight reel for the show.

Finished in an attractive deep maroon over an exceptional white and black interior, the car presents beautifully. The incredibly powerful Cobra Jet V8 is mated to the ultra-desirable 4-speed manual transmission. Having covered less that 65,000 miles from new, this superbly original survivor is in incredible condition. Upon inspection, it quickly becomes clear why Carroll chose to add this example to his collection. Offered with a Shelby vehicle authenticity certificate certifying that it was owned by Carroll Shelby, this best of breed muscle car is surely one of the most desirable examples in existence.

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  • Please note title is in transit – Following the sale, this vehicle will be shipped back to Gardena California where it is scheduled to be inspected by the CHP on June 16th, 2018. Following its inspection, the DMV will produce a title in approximately 6 to 8 weeks. All additional shipping and storage costs resulting from the car's transfer to California will be paid for by the seller.
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