<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871

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Lot 16
1968 Shelby GT500 KR Fastback

Sold for US$ 170,800 inc. premium
1968 Shelby GT500 KR Fastback
Chassis no. 8T02R215871
428ci OHV Cobra Jet V8 Engine
Single Four-Barrel Carburetor
400bhp at 5,600rpm
3-Speed C-6 Select Shift Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
Front Disc - Rear Drum Brakes

*Highly-optioned example of the 'King of the Road' Shelby GT500
*One of just 110 examples finished with Special Order Paint option
*Stunning, nut-and-bolt factory correct restoration performed
*Well-documented example with Marti Report and Ford factory records on file



THE 'KING OF THE ROAD' GT500

It was 1967, and Ford Motor Company had a problem – its cars were uncompetitive on the street scene. Sure, the 390 was a new and welcome addition to the redesigned Mustang, but it was no competition to Chevrolet's Camaro SS 396. For the brand that promoted Total Performance, it was an ironic place to be.

Meanwhile, over at Rhode Island's Tasca Ford, they were quite aware of Ford's lackluster performance on the street...and off the sales floor. In a fortuitous sequence of events, a grenaded motor from a demonstrator 390 GTA Coupe led to the parts manager replacing it with a 428 Police Interceptor short block, then dug into the Ford parts bin to come up with a hodge-podge of 427 parts to create a stormer that turned 13.39 at 105 mph. Tasca christened it "KR-8" for "King of the Road 1968" and offered the package to its customers for 1968.

Tasca showed Ford engineers what they had done; they were receptive, but their bosses were not. Eric Dahlquist of Hot Rod caught wind of the KR-8 and went to Providence for a look-see. Then, in the November, 1967 issue, Dahlquist's article presented a ballot for readers to indicate BUILD THIS CAR and send to Henry Ford II. By April 1968, the first 428 Cobra Jet Mustangs had hit the street. Underrated at 335 horsepower, the CJ eventually ended up cleaning house at the NHRA Winternationals in Pomona, not to mention giving Ford 'street cred'.

Ford didn't leave out Shelby, replacing the GT500 with the GT500 KR (with inspiration from Tasca's KR-8). Since then, the GT500 KR has been one of the most desirable muscle cars in the hobby, and among the most collectible Shelby Mustangs.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Offered here is a stunning example of the legendary 'King of the Road' GT500 Shelby Mustang, with incredible documentation on file and correct as-delivered restoration performed. According to the comprehensive Ford licensed Deluxe Marti Report issued for this Shelby, this car was completed at the Metuchen-based Ford plant as a 1968 model-year Shelby Fastback model, fitted with the top-of-the-line Big Block 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet V8 engine. The car was treated at the factory to a Special Order exterior paint job in Yellow (Ford # WT6066), while the interior was trimmed in Black Knit vinyl with luxury bucket seats, just as it appears today. The Shelby had been scheduled for completion on July 18, 1968, but was actually completed 24 days ahead of schedule on June 24. The car had been ordered under 'Home Office Reserve', which could imply that it was being specifically build for a FoMoCo exec or other VIP. A C6 Select Shift automatic transmission was fitted to put the 400 horsepower on tap to good use. The new Shelby was equipped with a long list of factory options, including shoulder harness, GT Equipment, Visibility and Interior Décor Groups, Sport Deck rear seat, power disc brakes, power steering and tilt-away steering wheel, SelectAire A/C, AM radio, tinted glass, tachometer and trip odometer. The Marti Report further documents the car as having been one of just 97 examples completed from factory with Special Order paint and trim codes. The new Shelby GT500 KR Fastback was eventually sold on October 20, 1968, through Taylor, Michigan-based Ford dealer Ray Whitfield, Inc.

Offered from a discerning San Diego based collector car enthusiast and well-known newscast executive, this stunning Shelby presents factory-correct inside and out, and it is evident that the restoration performed was done with great care to keep the car as it was when it rolled off the Metuchen plant in 1968. The Special Order Yellow paint is in stunning condition, and neatly accented by black accents and Shelby GT500 KR script. Inside, the black Knit Vinyl trim is equally beautiful. San Diego based professionals have performed service and maintenance work on the Shelby in recent years, including a transmission and engine service, installment of an aluminum radiator and Pertronix electronic ignition system, fitment of new radial tires on the classic 10-spoke aluminum Shelby wheels, refurbishment of the drive shaft, carburetor rebuild and replacement of the fuel pump, replacement of the steering box, and a conversion of the SelectAire A/C system to 134 freon. Original chassis plates remain intact, including the Shelby ID plate numbered 8T02R215871-04101 and trim tag. Correct finishes, decals and markings are apparent in the engine compartment, as is correctly plated hardware. The trunk is complete with the correct 10-spoke aluminum spare wheel.

Offered with driver's manual, the comprehensive Deluxe Marti Report and a 2014 letter from ford Customer service division further documenting the factory production details of the stellar Shelby, this desirable 'King of the Road' Shelby GT500 Fastback would be a great candidate for the Muscle Car show fields, or companion on a high-speed road rally such as the Copperstate 1000 where one could really let the 400 horses under the hood run free.



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<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
<B>1968 Shelby  GT500 KR Fastback</B><br />  Chassis no. 8T02R215871
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