A LITTLE HISTORY
The Shelby Mustang is the ultimate asphalt warrior from the blue oval stable.
Ford, with assistance from Carroll Shelby, put forward 'the next hot item in the street wars' with the 1968 Shelby GT500 KR Cobra Jet. The mean and powerful look was achieved by Shelby American through body modifications including extending the front end by three inches, adding a fiberglass hood with fully functioning dual front scoops and hot air extraction vents. It had a brand-new version of the 428 Police Interceptor engine fitted with improved-breathing heads and larger exhaust manifolds giving birth to the 428 CJ. The GT500 KR or "King of the Road" powered by a pavement eating Cobra Jet 428 engine was deviously rated at only 335 horsepower when in fact, it pumped out at least 400 horsepower. Powerful enough to send the GT500 KR from 0 to 60 mph in only 6.9 seconds with a 103-mph quarter-mile speed. Additionally, the KR had larger brakes, under-hood suspension bracing, and staggered rear shocks to reduce axle wind-up and wheel hop. At the time, Car Life magazine said “The car is so impressive, so intimidating to challengers, that there are no challengers”. Limited production and awesome power makes the 1968 GT500 KR one of the most collectible ’Stangs of all time.
ABOUT THE CAR
This Factory “I” Code Acapulco Blue with Deluxe Décor Black Decor interior rolled off the assembly line at the Metuchen N.J. plant on May 21, 1968.
•8: 1968 Model Year
•T: Manufactured at the Metuchen, NJ Assembly Plant
•02: 2 Door Mustang Fastback
•R: 428 CID 8-Cylinder 4-BC, CJ Engine
•205215 Consecutive Unit Number
This Vehicle was produced on May 20th 1968
•Acapulco Blue Exterior Color
•Black Knitted Vinyl Luxury Trim Bucket Seats
•GT Equipment Group
•XPL Type Automatic Transmission
•3.50 Locking Rear Axle
•Power Disc Brakes
•Interior Décor Group
•AM Radio (upraded to new Ipod stereo)
•Tachometer & Trip Odometer (140-mph Speedometer and 8000-rpm tachometer)
•Sport Deck Rear Seat
•2 Way Tilt Away Steering Column
ABOUT CAR OWNERSHIP
This owner resides in Ontario Canada, who purchased his dream car in April 1971. From a Debeau Kanaveck Auto Dodge Dealership in St George Quebec. The car was on the used car sales lot with 50,000 miles reading on the odometer (just out of warranty).
SHELBY REGISTRY RECORDED HISTORY
On 6/10/68 Shipped to Sud Automobile, Inc. (Longueil, Quebec, CAN) .
On 6/12/68 claim brief for vehicle loss and damage for paint of left and right quarter and trunk and left door at a cost of $39.92 serviced at dealership.
Date of sale 7/20/68.
On 7/30/68 salesmen P. Labreche of Sud Auto Inc car to original owner as part of a dealer “Summer Sales Contest” from May 21 thru Oct 31.
On 9/5/68 original owner Marcel Dube (Montreal, Quebec, CAN) had warranty service at dealership for seat latch and check starter control C8AZ11A126A at a cost of $20.50 with 1820 miles.
On 9/12/68 Marcel Dube had warranty service at dealership for engine “exploded apart” and oil pan and gaskets and spark plug at a cost of $948.57 with 2166 miles.
On 10/16/68 Marcel Dube had warranty service at dealership for brake pads and starter relay at a cost of $47.05 with 3226 miles.
Marcel (a school teacher) traded the Shelby in to the previous owner Debeau Kanavek Auto Dodge for a 1971 Dodge.
Purchased by present owner Rene Larochelle ( ONT, CAN) in 1971 with 50,000 miles
The 1st owner (a school teacher had traded it in on a new 1971 Dodge) Thus making Rene the 2nd registered owner.
This fully documented restoration Shelby according to the Deluxe Marti Report was well equipped with the GT Equipment Group, Power Disc Brakes, Tilt-Away Power Steering Wheel, AM Radio, black Deluxe Mustang GT interior Décor Group with 140-mph Speedometer and 8000-rpm Tach, Trip Odometer, Sport Deck Rear Seat, and race inspired Roll Bar with Shoulder Harnesses. Under the Shelby ram air induction hood, lies the original 428 Cobra Jet with a single four-barrel carburetor mated to a C-6 Select Shift automatic transmission with a 3.50 ratio conventional rear axle. Additionally, this Shelby sports 15” wheels. This Shelby is in restored like new original condition inside and out. The car maintains its original paint colour, interior, chrome, drivetrain.
This Shelby is an interesting find to say the least, as these types of cars rarely come along. Fully documented by the rebuild team and owner,
1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR
This Shelby is now restored as built as the first day it left the factory ** and the condition is as new, 21st May 1968.
Shelby Wheels & BF GoodRich Radial Tires
Current Day Radio (w/i-pod)
Shift Handle (we are in quest of the wooden handle with cobra snake)Still looking