Lot 23
1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible


CHASSIS NO: 8T03S115990

• One of only three triple black convertibles built
• Multiple National Car Show winner, SAAC documented
• Marti Auto Works documented
• Scored 982 out of 1000 at Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals in 2009
• Body-off restoration; numbers matching car

427 cid V-8 engine, 400 HP, C6 heavy-duty Cruise-O-Matic three-speed automatic transmission, independent front suspension with unequal length control arms, coil springs and anti-roll bar, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, power front disc and rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 108”

The collaboration of the Ford Motor Company and Carroll Shelby gave us some of the most powerful cars to ever prowl the streets. Shelby’s talent in taking a production-based Ford Mustang and turning it into a fire breathing dragon is legendary both on the street and on the racetrack. In the present day, these cars represent the very pinnacle of the American muscle car.

Offered here is an award-winning example of Shelby’s best with a 1968 GT500 Convertible. Provenance for this Shelby is established with a confirmed Marti report that documents it as a factory triple black version that was built at the Metuchen, New Jersey assembly plant on November 25, 1967. After assembly it was shipped to Theodore Robins Ford in Costa Mesa, California, where it underwent the Shelby treatment for its new lease on life. The factory 428 V-8 engine was removed and replaced with the Shelby 427 cubic-inch Side Oiler engine complete with cross-bolted main bearing journals. Other amenities on this GT500 included in the package were an aluminum intake manifold, dual inline four-barrel Holley carburetors, C6 automatic transmission, 3.50:1 rear axle, power steering, front disc brakes, high-performance cooling package, visibility group, bright wheel-well moldings, interior Décor Group, tachometer and trip odometer, AM radio, and power top with a glass window. All these options were impressive enough, but the end result was the power output of 360 thundering ponies making the GT500 one of the most powerful cars on the road. Finished in Ford’s Raven Black, this GT500 was meticulously restored in 2008 by David Randal of Randal’s Restorations Inc. in Comfort, Texas. Since then, it has been expertly preserved and today it presents just as it did when it was restored. Accolades for this GT500 include an impressive 982 of 1,000 points at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals where it earned a place in the MCACN Gold Concours Registry. It is also listed in the Shelby Registry as possessing the 427 V-8 engine and also carries extensive documentation including photos, a Deluxe Marti Report, build sheet, and owner’s manual.

The muscle car era gave us some of the most powerful cars ever built and this Shelby GT500 represents the very pinnacle of this golden era. For a fully vetted muscle car that carries speed, power, provenance, and history all in one package, this GT500 stands alone as one of the very best.

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