Ionia Move Notes
- Disposal of Prototypes
Shelby American (possibly authored by Fred Goodell)
circa July 1967
This document references
six vehicles by Shelby/California inventory number:
062 - 1968 Proto Convertible
064 - 1968 Proto Fastback
071 - 1967 GT500 Fastback
Auto Cal Emissions
-> US Govt.†
072 - 1967 GT350 Fastback
074 - 1967 GT500 Fastback
100 - 1967 GT500 Fastback Auto
California company car #062 is
the only convertible (VIN #0139). The blue fastback is inventory number
#064 or #074. These
cars played a role as the "68 photographic cars," from April 1967-July
This document refers to the '68
proto Fastback' as an Automatic, however, the car at the July 7, 1967
LLTC (Riverside Int'l Raceway) was clearly a 4-speed.
While the author of this document
used the term 'prototype,' we know these cars were all San Jose built
production vehicles that Shelby American considered 'engineering'
vehicles. By definition, none of these vehicles were 'prototypes.'
Also interesting to note is the
author's use of the word "disposal."
We know more than at least three cars on this document are still around
today, so the term "disposal" apparently meant that, as the
Shelby Program was spun-down, these cars would be
shipped to FoMoCo in Dearborn. Ford eventually sold these vehicles as
used cars (either through dealers or on their corporate B-lot).
Car #071, originally was
listed on this page to be disposed of, however, it was a late
substitution for car #065 on the
Ionia Move - Vehicles Remaining in California
page to be sent to the U.S. Govt. after California Emissions testing.
Apparently it was not crossed off this page, but it is our belief it was
not shipped to Ford in Dearborn along with the other vehicles listed on this
Note: inventory numbers
are not the same as serial numbers (VIN).
The consolidated Company Cars table page attempts to
cross-reference the company car numbers to VINs.