Countdown to Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach: Muscle and pony cars

Editors note: This is the second in a 10-day series of featured vehicles to be sold at Barrett-Jacksons Palm Beach Auction.

1969 Shelby GT500 Fastback

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1969 Shelby GT500 Fastback | Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

Following the overwhelming success of the now notorious Shelby built, Ford Powered, AC Cobras of the mid-sixties, Ford reached out to Shelby American in 1964 to once again bring a winning performance package to a new small car, notably, the Ford Mustang. With Ford commissioning Shelby American to build a line of performance Mustangs in 1964, the first Shelby GT350 rolled off the assembly line as a 1965 Shelby GT350.

By 1969 Shelby had introduced the potent big block GT500 to the Shelby lineup. With overwhelming demand for the GT500, the production was moved to the Ford assembly plant.

In 1969 the cars were marketed as either the Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500. The difference between the two models was the motor size. The GT350 had a 351 while the GT500 had a 428 motor.

This 1969 GT500 has 83,687 original miles and is one of 416 cars with this paint code.  It has a 4-speed manual transmission, traction-lock differential, 3.50 axle ratio, new Goodyear Polyglas tires and Ram Air induction.

The car was built June 20, 1969, in Dearborn, Michigan, and delivered to Falls Church, Virginia. It features black interior, sport deck rear seat, factory roll bar, special Grabber Blue exterior paint and tinted glass. It comes with a Marti Report and a partial Build Sheet from the frame-off rotisserie restoration and engine rebuild it underwent.

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE

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1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE | Photo courtesy of Barrett-Jackson

With Ford and Chevrolet engaged in a fierce pony war battle to dominate the racetracks in the late sixties, Dodge had some designs of their own to waltz in and take over the pony war party. In the fall of 1969 Dodge brought the big block Challenger to the race track and all the rules changed. The Challenger was Dodge’s response to the powerful Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The Challenger came in a staggering number of trim and option levels that featured virtually every engine in Chryslers inventory including the notorious powerhouses 440 Six Pack and Hemi.

This particular Challenger, was restored about three years ago, with a rebuilt 440/6-pack engine with less than 250 miles on it since the restoration. The car is black and features a vinyl SE roof, rally hood, dual exhaust, 15-inch rally wheels and new tan interior with factory-leather buckets. This car also includes such options as power windows and 6-way seat track. All of the SE/RT chrome and badging are present.

Barrett-Jacksons 13th annual Palm Beach Auction is April 17-19 at the South Florida Fairgrounds. Coverage of the event will be broadcast on Velocity and Discovery during 19 hours of live, high-definition television beginning Friday, April 17, at 12 p.m. EDT.

Telecast Schedule:

Friday, April 17, 12-8 p.m. EDT Velocity

Saturday, April 18, 2-5 p.m. EDT Discovery

Saturday, April 18, 5-8 p.m. EDT Velocity

Sunday, April 19, 12-5 p.m. EDT – Velocity

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