Lyndon B. Johnson was president, the "space race" was
on, the Beach Boys released their best-selling album and a gallon of
gasoline would set you back $0.32 cents. It was the summer
On August 9th,
a week before production was about to begin on the newly
redesigned '67 Mustang, Shelby American placed an order with Ford for three
specially-equipped cars; a coupe, a fastback, and a convertible.
Other than the body style, all three
were to be
identically equipped with
the 428cu.in. engine, C-6 automatic, A/C, P/S,
P/B, Thermactor, AM radio, tinted glass and a black
décor interior under a Candyapple Red exterior.
These automobiles would
be the first production-line Ford Mustangs outfitted with
the massive Q-code 428 cu.in. "Interceptor" engine.
The convertible was serialized on
November 1, 1966 and completed twenty days later at Ford’s San
Jose plant, approximately two weeks after the fastback and
This trio would also become the first big block GT 500 cars
delivered to, upgraded by and serialized by Shelby American.
The convertible received sequence number 0139 and was designated a "company
car," was initially assigned to
Carroll Shelby as his "personal driver."
After being thoroughly enjoyed by Carroll and
his friends, the
convertible was re-purposed as a '68 styling prototype. Dearborn Steel Tubing (DST) shipped a
newly designed hood, front-end and tail light panel to
California. In April 1967, Shelby American installed the
fiberglass components and began extensively photographing the convertible for brochures, print ads and dealer
literature to promote the upcoming 1968 model year GT cars.
Nearly half a
century has passed since this extra special GT 500
convertible rolled off Ford's assembly line. Several years
were spent researching the history and then restoring this
special car under the supervision of SAAC head judge Bob Gaines and with the priceless technical
contributions from many experts, enthusiasts and past
employees in the Shelby community.