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  This page is a 'work in progress' and contains my observations from cataloging and analyzing the microfilm which contains every 1967 model year vehicle delivered to Shelby American. This is the Ford Motor Company Domestic Special Order (DSO) file -- there will be differences between this data and the SAAC Registry data.


Notes
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  • The Microfilm file we obtained this data from was the file that SAI had. There was no 'end of file' marker on the film. This means that our file is incomplete. We have confirmed that some later paint color Change Notices are missing from the file. Therefore, it is possible that there may have been additional cars ordered after March 1967 and subsequently canceled when Ford terminated the Shelby Program.
     
  • There were a total of 25 K-code Group II race coupes ordered on DSOs 2700, 2701 & 2801. They are excluded from the following observations, totals and/or charts.

 

General Observations: [updated research and discussion]

  • The first DSO was numbered 2501 (Aug-66)
  • The last DSO found on SAI's Microfilm was numbered 2614 (Mar-67)
  • Only Mustangs were found on the orders (no Cougars).
  • With the exception of the one Convertible and one Coupe, all cars were Fastbacks
  • Every DSO was typed on the same form, FD 6243
  • Every DSO is was ‘approved’ by the same person
  • Each DSO was limited to a single package code.
  • Orders were stamped 'received' once per month in CY-1966, twice per month in CY-1967.
  • 3,831 cars were ordered. 3,224 cars were delivered. Cancelled orders are the difference.
  • Car #0176 is not on the DSO microfilm and therefore has not been included in these totals.
  • Whenever a G.T. 500 was ordered, the engine was itemized in the detail area of the DSO as as: "Engine, 8 Cyl. Ford Cobra 8V Carb."

1967 Shelby DSO Orders Chart
*number in parenthesis is total Shelby orders 'received' by FoMoCo each month.

  • The first DSO, number 2501, itemized a single G.T. 500 (400F Pkg), painted Nightmist Blue. This car would also be the first G.T. to be sequenced (serialized) by Ford. However, #0185  was not completed by San Jose until 12/1/66, released on 12/7/66 and completed by SAI on 1/4/67. Sequence-wise, because multiple G.T.500s were completed by Ford on the same day, we can't tell if #0185 was the fifth or the eleventh G.T. 500 completed by Ford.
     

Package Codes: [updated research and discussion]

  • Package Codes were created and used to streamline the ordering process.
  • Each DSO was limited to a single package code.
  • 48 different package codes were established to handle the 6 different models that Shelby planned for 1967, however, only 18 different package codes were ever ordered.
  • The following chart shows how many of each package code were built (due to the complexity of changed package codes on DSOs, we're not going to total by quantity ordered, just those that were built. The results have been sorted according to rarity.

1967 Shelby G.T. Package Code Rarity Chart

 
Paint Colors:
[updated research and discussion]

  • The last Medium Gray (paint color “G”) car was ordered was on DSO 2527, dated 10/13/1966.
     
  • A single 411F Springtime Yellow car was ordered on DSO 2577 (Dec.14, 1966). Like many of the DSOs requesting 428+AC cars, this DSO was also cancelled. However, according to the SAAC Registry, VIN 2021, a 201F ordered on DSO 2572 (also on Dec. 14, 1966), was painted Springtime Yellow, and the "S" (Special Paint) is reflected in the Shelby VIN tag.
     
  • A single 410F Vintage Burgundy car (paint code "X") was ordered on DSO 2609. No cancellation order was found, and the SAAC Registry confirms this car was VIN 3211 (again "S" denotes Special Paint in the SAI VIN). The Registry doesn't acknowledge X - Vintage Burgundy as a color in the table of available color codes.
     
  • With the exception of the special-ordered one-off paint cars, Candyapple Red (paint code “T”) was actually the rarest color ordered up through the end of the 1966 calendar year (4 months of orders). Only 46 red cars were ordered, closely followed by only 52 black cars. That’s less than 2% of the 2320 cars ordered in CY-1966.
     

Trim:

  • Cars were ordered with three different trim options: 5A, 5U and 6A.

  • No Bronze or Black painted cars were ordered with a Parchment interior (5U).

  • A single Red car was ordered with a Parchment interior.

  • A single Acapulco Blue car was ordered with a Parchment interior.

     

Cancelled DSOs: [updated research and discussion]

Observations by Month:

For observations by month, please visit the discussion group at:
1967 Shelby Research Group

 

See Also: Ford Special Order Form - DSO 2512, 1967 Shelby Package Codes, The First Shelby G.T. 500 Cars, and Roy Simkins' 1967 Shelby DSO  Project
 

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