In April of the following year, the car was drafted into its engineering prototype role, and served as the styling example for the 1968 Shelby G.T. 500 convertible. A new front fascia, a restyled hood and a distinctive tail lamp panel were fitted, and the car was used extensively for marketing-related photo shoots to promote the 1968 Shelby Cobra GT models.
This wasn’t his first Shelby and he began to notice things about the interior and engine compartment that were clearly from 1967. Frustrated by denunciations by experts, Ventrella sold the car to his friend Richard Kot in December 1985, who lost the car in a divorce. During Kot’s ownership, the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) obtained original factory records, but it wasn’t until August 1989 that the club registrar for the 1967 Shelby cars authenticated it as a 1967 after finding the convertible’s hidden Ford VIN.
One of the most unique Shelby Mustangs of all time still exists. The car has been on tour throughout the United States at select automotive events since its restoration was completed in 2012, earning Gold-Division II status (with 768.25 out of 783 possible points).Some of the firsts for this rare car: The only 1967 Shelby GT convertible built. The only big block GT convertible built by Shelby American, Inc. The only dual-quad carbureted Ford Mustang convertible and/or Shelby GT convertible built. The first big block Shelby GT convertible built.
Samantha and Brian Styles consider themselves as caretakers for the historic car. They have created a website devoted to the car where you can view more detailed information, additional vintage photos, promotional material, and documentation.
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