1968 Shelby GT 500 KR Convertible
The ULTIMATE COLLECTIBLE SHELBY?? Some people think so. It certainly is one of the most collectible and desirable Shelby ever made and this particular KR convertible is a factory 4-speed car. The list of options include; Power Steering, Power Brakes, Power Top, Air Conditioning and those beautiful 10 spoke wheels. To me, the color is one id the best available for the Shelby because of the way the incredible lines are accentuated by the beautiful Acapulco Blue paint. If you have ever been fortunate enough to be a driver or even a passenger in one of the 1968 ½ Cobra Jets, you are in for a treat. Unless, SPEED scares you. When they came out with these Cobra Jets in mid-year 1968, they dominated their class at the Nationals where the BIG DOGS are. In the finals it was two Cobra Jets racing for the crown. NO MOPARS!!! NO CHEVYS!!!!
Obviously the KR name was appropriate for KING OF THE ROAD! The Wall Street Journal came out with a listing of Blue Chip investments. And one of the best investments according to them was ANY SHELBY. As I said earlier, this is certainly one of the best Shelby’s for collectability desirability and most importantly FUN TO DRIVE. If you are thinking about a purchase of a nice Shelby don’t miss the boat on this one.
I have known this car since 1998 when it came to Houston, Texas. It was purchased by a very good customer of mine and was taken to his museum. (This is what I called it!). He had about 50 cars of high quality and two full time mechanics to sort out the cars. When this KR came into the shop it received immediate attention to the details. It received at that time anything that it needed. It received factory style A/C which is a necessity in Houston, Texas if you were going to drive the car. This gentleman did drive his cars! He kept the car for a number of years and then called me one day and asked me if I would sell the car for him. I jumped at the chance.
I sold it locally right away with numerous collectors trying to but it at the same time. I would hear from several of them during the years on how they wished they would have acted quicker. The man I sold it to kept it for a number of years and then brought it back to me to sell for him. When my mechanic was giving the owner a ride home that day he was propositioned at a toll booth by a lady wanting a ride in the car. He did decline! So, beware if you buy this KR Convertible, you may have ladies trying to get in the car with you. What a problem! I sold it right away again to a local collector. He again kept the car for about 5 or 6 years and again called me to sell the car for him. So, here we are again!
We just looked at the car for you “date code; numbers matching” guys and here is the story. The transmission says RUG-AE and according to the Shelby book that is correct. The rear end has a date code of 7M21 which translate to December 21, 1967. The code obviously works although I probably will have people email me saying that it doesn’t. The engine is not the original engine as it has a date code of 8K21 on it; which it too late for this car.Please notice that the buck tag and the original door tag plus the VIN tag are still with the car. Also, notice how nice it is underneath the doors on the car. This is normally where it rusts on most Mustangs. Please also notice the factory spot welds in the trunk of the car. These original spot welds being there is very rare. The miles on this car seems to be very well documented by the Shelby Registry. The mileage on the car is 63,000 which appears to be correct according to the Shelby Registry. One thing more, this Shelby is a Tasca Ford car, which is really cool. I have tried to take as many pictures as I can for you. Please email me if you have any questions.
Steve - 281-531-9090 or firstname.lastname@example.org