1968 Shelby GT-350
the spring of 1985, I was getting ready to graduate from college. I went
out to the local Ford dealer to look at the new 1985 Mustangs.
When I got there, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing......a 1968
Shelby GT 350 sitting on the used car lot! It
turned out to belong to the dealer. It
was candyapple red with white Lemans stripes, 302 engine, 4-speed, with black interior.
The dealer was asking $9000 for it.
I made some notes and called some friends who were restoring a 1968
GT500KR later on that night.
The next day I went back to check all of the things that my friends listed and I called
them back again. I went back on the third day to
confirm some more details my friends told me to check. My friends said if I could get
the car for around $6500 it would be a very good deal.
I looked the car over one last time.
I went in to talk with
the dealer, discussed what I had found wrong with the car, and what I felt it
would cost to correct these
|The "Used Cars" sign in the background is just perfect...|
later took the Shelby for a cruise around campus... and then the engine died.
I tried to restart but it wouldn’t.
It acted like the battery was dead. I got out and raised the hood
and the wiring harness was lying on the exhaust manifold and had melted!
While we were standing there with the hood up, the starter wires shorted
and the engine started to turn over and the car was in gear! I quickly ran
around and took it out of gear. Then
the wiring harness completely shorted and started a wiring fire in the engine
compartment. I tried to unhook the
battery, but I had no tools with me! We
extinguished the fire with dirt. There
I stood, newly purchased dream car with the wiring burnt to a crisp and no
warranty. I called Ford dealer, told them what happened, and they
agreed to pick up the car and repair it FREE OF CHARGE.
You see, their mechanics had serviced the car and tuned it up.
They had also knocked the wiring harness loose and forgot to reattach it
to the fender well. So the Ford dealer
fixed it. I
also had them to do some front suspension work on it prior to driving it 300
miles home. The
|My '68 GT Fastback with the '68 Shelby||This ain't just a Cobra dress-up kit... it's the real deal!!|
At least for a short period of time, this is what my mom's basement garage looked like. The white 1965 Mustang coupe was my little sister's car!! It had a 289-4V, 4-speed, and was a lot of fun to drive too!!
people in Atlanta were interested in buying the Shelby. We drove it to Atlanta
to show it to them. The first guy offered to give me
some money and his original,
unrestored Buccaneer Red 1973 SD-455, 4-speed Trans Am with 90,000 actual
miles!!!! I was trying my best not
to be too anxious. I would've GLADLY traded EVEN!!
But, in the end
he could not part with his Super Duty... and I certainly couldn't blame him.
second guy was a rich man who never worked on a car in his life and wanted to
only point out all of the flaws in the Shelby.
|Later on in 1986, I drove the
Shelby to one of our local Mustang club drives and one of our club members
walked around the Shelby once and bought it right there on the spot.
So I ended up taking my 1968 Mustang GT Fastback on the club drive that
Here's a picture of the Shelby after he'd done some work on it to put the correct wheels, steering wheel, etc back on it. It looked GREAT!! He sold the Shelby two years later to someone in North Carolina and two years after that it was sold to someone in Arizona.