In August 1966, Shelby American placed a special order with Ford for three (3) G.T. 500s, powered by the new dual-quad 428 cu.in (7-liter) Special Interceptor engine. All three were painted Candyapple Red and fully optioned with air-conditioning, California emissions, AM radio, and “Deluxe” Mag Star wheels -- destined to serve advertising and public relations roles.
This ‘trio’ became the first regular production 428-8V powered Mustangs to be built by Ford and subsequently transformed into G.T. 500s by Los Angeles-based Shelby operation. An unexpected change in plans resulted in the ‘67 G.T. 500 Coupe and ‘67 G.T. 500 Convertible becoming the ONLY multi-carbureted coupe and convertible Mustangs ever built by Ford and completed by Shelby American.
Fast-forwarding 55 years, these historic Shelby G.T. 500s will finally be displayed together, in public, for the first time. This special event will take place at the Indiana Shelby American Automobile Club’s (INSAAC) annual Fall Classic, sponsored by Barrett-Jackson, Billups Classic Cars, and Scott Fuller Reproductions. In addition to the '67 G.T. 500 “trio,” about a hundred show cars are expected, with special indoor displays and an expansive outdoor display on the resort grounds.
The show is open to the public on Friday, October 22 at the French Lick Resort and Casino located in French Lick and West Baden, IN. Doors are open for spectators from 9 am until 3 pm, with the exciting unveiling of the '67 G.T. 500 “trio” happening at 10 am sharp. Admission is free for spectators (perhaps intentionally leaving visitors with some spare change for the Casino). For additional information on attending the event as a spectator or as an exhibitor of your Ford-powered car, visit the INSAAC website at www.insaac.org
INSAAC Website: www.INSAAC.org
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‘67 Shelby G.T. 500 Fastback (s/n #0100)
· The very first multi-carbureted Mustang built by Ford.
· The most ‘expedited’ Shelby G.T. built by Ford’s San Jose plant.
· The first G.T. 500 serialized and completed by Shelby American.
· The first G.T. 500 to be used for Public Relations duty.
· One of the most photographed and road-tested Shelby G.T cars ever built.
· On July 31, 1967, Shelby American valued the fastback at $4,207.83.
‘67 Shelby G.T. 500 Coupe (s/n #0131)
· The only multi-carbureted Mustang Coupe built by Ford.
· The only G.T. 500 (428-8V) Coupe completed by Shelby American.
· The second G.T. 500 to get built by Ford and completed by Shelby American.
· The only known Shelby G.T. to be factory-fitted with dual superchargers.
· Repurposed to serve as a styling concept for the ‘68 G.T. Coupe.
· Regularly driven by Fred Goodell, Engineering Manager at Shelby American.
· On July 31, 1967, Shelby American valued the coupe at $3,318.84.
‘67 Shelby G.T. 500 Convertible (s/n #0139)
· The only multi-carbureted Mustang Convertible built by Ford.
· The only G.T. 500 (428-8V) Convertible completed by Shelby American.
· The third G.T. 500 to get built by Ford and completed by Shelby American.
· Repurposed to serve as a styling concept for the ‘68 G.T. Convertible.
· Repurposed again for use in the ‘68 advertising materials (Ford’s design).
· Claimed by Carroll Shelby to be his “Personal Driver.”
· On July 31, 1967, Shelby American valued the convertible at $4,249.76.
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