1968 Shelby GT500
- Engine Size
- 428 4V GT-500 V8
- Transmission Type
- C6 Automatic
- Engine Size
- 428 4V GT-500 V8
- Transmission Type
- C6 Automatic
The Real Deal
1968 Shelby GT500 Fastback
- The Real Deal Shelby GT500
- Recent, Professional Rotisserie Restoration
- Restored to Factory Specifications
- Factory Original Highland Green
- 428cid/360hp 4bbl V8
- C6 Automatic Transmission
- Marti Report
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“Ford's partnership with Carroll Shelby is the stuff of legend.” -Autoweek Magazine, October 2019
Autoweek writer, Jay Ramey, went on: “The GT500 that debuted for 1967 was a different beast from those earlier models. For one thing, it was powered by a 428 CID engine with two 600-CFM Holley carburetors, rated at 355 hp and 420 lb-ft of torque, paired with a choice of a four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic. The engine itself also featured a cast aluminum intake manifold. A bigger engine wasn't the only mechanical change: Shelby fitted stiffer front springs to Ford's stock suspension, an upgraded anti-roll bar and Gabriel shock absorbers. The GT500 also featured front disc brakes as standard equipment, which would come in useful for a lot of owners.”
“In the cockpit the GT500 also received an upgraded 140-mph speedometer, an 8,000-rpm tach and a couple of other additional gauges. But the biggest and the most noticeable change, and also one of the most practical, safety-wise, was the roll bar. Badging was relatively light on the inside: Cobras appeared on the passenger-side dash as well as the three-spoke steering wheel trimmed in wood. There were plenty of other opportunities to advertise the car's performance on the outside, with Cobra badging along with a rocker stripe. Buyers had three options when it came to wheels, and all were 15 inches in diameter…..”
Offered here is a collector-quality 1968 Shelby GT500 in very desirable Highland Green (with white side stripes) over black. This is one of only 1,020 '68 GT500s produced. It was assembled at Ford's Metuchen, New Jersey factory on January 15, 1968, and shipped to Ray Whitfield Ford in Taylor, Michigan. A recently completed full rotisserie restoration has returned the car to factory specifications; it is showroom-new in virtually all respects. Included in the sale is a DeLuxe Marti report documenting the car's original equipment as well as providing build statistics and history. The Shelby's current odometer reading is 68,234 miles, or just under 1,300 miles per-year since new.
The freshly applied Highland Green (Ford code 3067-A) paint is the work of professionals and the results are impressive: perfect gloss, even finish, no imperfections at all. The color perfectly suits the Shelby's louvered, twin-intake hood, black-out grille, rear-side air scoops, rear-deck spoiler, and unique rear valance. In the same way, the white side stripes with model designation are flawless. (To best assess the quality of the paint and trim finishes, be sure to view the close-up photographs of the car in the accompanying gallery.) Tastefully limited chrome body trim—notably on the grille, window surrounds, rotating hood locks, lower-body sides, wheel-openings, bumpers, and taillights—is all in excellent condition, as is the silver-painted rear valance surrounding the (sequential) taillights. Cabin glass is clear, free of cracks, and original; lighting lenses (including on the amber-tinted driving lights) are equally perfect. Factory badging is complete, properly mounted, and in as-new condition. The S-h-e-l-b-y letters in chrome on the front and rear, and the Cobra emblems on the front fenders are automotive icons. The wheels are 10-spoke alloys with correct Shelby Cobra centercaps, and are mounted with original-spec GoodYear® Speedway E70x15 raised-(large) white-letter performance tires.
Inside, the originally optioned Interior Décor Group with Black Knitted Décor bucket seats outfitting has been restored to the same high standard as the balance of the car. All interior surfaces are exceptional. Door trim panels feature a handsome combination of hard black moldings, vinyl, and woodgrain trim. Seat upholstery on the front buckets and foldable rear bench is enhanced with small chrome trim pieces on the seatbacks. Black cabin carpeting is free of wear. Door-sill chrome trim is undamaged. The original Shelby-Cobra branded, wood-rim steering wheel fronts a full analog instrument cluster including 140-mph speedometer and 7,500-rpm-redline tachometer (augmented by two additional engine-monitoring gauges on the console). Vertically operated slide-lever controls operate the heat and ventilation, and the original Philco® factory AM push-button radio remains mounted. The face of the padded dash is woodgrain-trimmed from side to side, and the center console is similarly styled. The T-bar shift lever for the C-6 automatic transmission is mounted on the console and topped with a wood handle displaying a three-dimensional, metal Cobra insignia. The rear portion of the console includes a Cobra-embossed padded black armrest.
The car's trunk appears exactly as it must have on the day the car was originally delivered.
Under the hood, the heart of the GT500 is Ford's 428-cubic-inch, 360-horsepower, 4-barrel V8. Wearing a finned alloy Cobra-branded oblong air cleaner, “Cobra LeMans”-branded finned aluminum valve covers, bare-metal intake manifold, and proper “Ford blue” engine-block paint, the massive engine is striking. The engine bay and all components are spotless. Viewed from below, the chassis is perfectly restored, even including the factory-correct amount of body-color paint overspray onto the orange chassis members. Lower engine surfaces, dual-performance exhaust system with crossover, and suspension components and geometry front and rear are among the many visual highlights.
Both Shelby American and Ford factory identification and build tags remain properly in place. The sale includes the original owner's manual, a jack, and spare-tire hardware.
While the more than 170 high-definition photographs and the short walk-around-and-startup video available on the GarageKeptMotors website showcase this '68 Shelby GT500 in detail from every angle, including from below, we expect and encourage in-person inspections at our Grand Rapids, Michigan showroom. Please call to arrange an appointment in advance as our showroom is not open to the public. And feel free to get in touch anytime by phone or email if you have questions.
The next owner of this amazing GT500 may well already be fortunate enough to own more than one collectible car. Regardless, this Shelby is virtually certain to be at the very top of the inventory list. We are honored to present it.