CHASSIS NO: 8T02J15544101262
• From Richard Rawlings’ personal collection
• As seen on Garage Rehab and Fast N’ Loud
• Meticulous and complete restoration
• Matching numbers example
289 cid V-8 engine, four-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, aluminum Cobra intake manifold, front disc brakes, rear drum brakes; wheelbase: 108”
Ford’s first-generation Shelby Mustangs, from the years of 1965 to 1970, represent the quintessential American Muscle Cars. Richard Rawlings, host of Discovery Channel’s Fast N’ Loud and Garage Rehab as well as owner of the Gas Monkey Garage, puts the 1968 Shelby GT350 in his top five favorite cars of all time, and this stunning example hails from his personal collection. Already a legend for his AC Cobra when he teamed up with Ford to deliver a high-performance version of the Mustang, his Shelbys would secure Carroll Shelby a permanent place in the automobile canon. Representing the apex of Mustang’s glory days, all the first-generation Shelbys are highly sought-after and only continue to appreciate in value, but Rawlings’ 1968 Shelby GT350 Fastback is really something special.
With a cameo on Garage Rehab as well as numerous background appearances on Fast N’ Loud, this thoroughbred has been treated with kid gloves, first in a prominent Dallas collection, then in the climate-controlled splendor of Rawlings’ garage and has been driven sparingly throughout its lifetime. Although it has enjoyed a meticulous restoration, this original 1968 Shelby GT350 is in wonderful condition and retains matching numbers on its chassis, body and the 289 cubic-inch V-8 engine. Additionally, the car is outfitted with a four-barrel carburetor, automatic transmission, air-conditioning as well as power steering and power disc brakes.
As far as aesthetics are concerned, this pony is firing on all eight cylinders. One of the most iconic American bodies to ever burn rubber, this Shelby is dressed in classic red paint with white accents and rolls on 10-spoke wheels with Cobra centers and the original Shelby Cobra gas cap still graces the trunk lid. The first year that the Cobra badging was attached to the Shelbys, the coiling snake doesn’t stop at the exterior; inside the well-kept, original black-upholstered cabin, the Cobra adorns the padded center console, seat belt fasteners, wood applique dash as well as the center of the woodgrain steering wheel. The carpeting is in great condition and the original GT350 rubber floor mats still rest on the floorboards.
A numbers-matching example that has been handled with loving care, this 1968 Shelby GT350 Fastback boasts a star-studded pedigree. Primed to devour the blacktop or enchant in a world-class collection, one thing is for sure, this gorgeous Shelby will be an outstanding addition in its next home.