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  One-off Shelby Convertible to be Displayed at Carlisle

  May 29, 2012
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One-off Shelby Convertible to be Displayed at Carlisle

As most Mustang enthusiasts, and they will tell you that Shelby didn't offer a convertible for 1967; the ragtop G.T.350 and 500 only appearing after Ford took production in-house for 1968.

There was however, one exception. Back in August 1966, Shelby American ordered three big-block 1967 Mustangs, a coupe, a fastback and a convertible. Each was shipped out to the Shelby shops in Los Angeles and converted into a G.T.500. The Candy Apple Red convertible subsequently became a company car and actually driven by Ol' Shel himself, though it was, from time to time, loaned out to other employees, celebrities and even visiting executives from Ford Motor Company.

Equipped with a 428 Police Interceptor and a C6 automatic (believed to be the first transmission of this series produced), the one-off convertible, which featured the dual four-barrel carburetor setup and is believed to be the first installed with air conditioning, was later updated to 1968 specifications and used as photo feature and demonstrator to promote the true 1968 production Shelby G.T. convertibles.

It was this car that was featured extensively in sales brochures and promotional material of the day (as shown above).

Recently restored to Concours condition by R&A Motorsports under the supervision of Shelby American Automobile Club head judge Bob Gaines, the car was aimed for a completion date, timed with Shelby American's 50th anniversary.

Now, due to Carroll's recent passing, the significance of this car and its restoration has become even more important. As a result, at this year's All Ford Nationals in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, which takes place from June 1-3, the one-off Shelby convertible will take pride of place in a display and gathering of Shelby Mustangs, designed to pay tribute to one of the greatest automotive personalities of all time.

For more information on this year's All-Ford Nationals, visit:

http://www.carlisleevents.com/events/ford-nationals/




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