Pick of the Day: 1968 Shelby GT350

The Shelby looks nicely finished in correct Sunlit Gold
The Shelby looks nicely finished in correct Sunlit Gold

There are Mustangs and then there are Mustangs. Ford built a lot of pony cars, and while many are just standard Mustangs, there are a number of them that are a lot more interesting and valuable than others.

The top of the heap for street cars is the 1965 Shelby GT350. Sadly, the cost for one of these is north of $300,000. But there are a number of other special Mustangs out there that are a lot more affordable and still very special, which leads me to the Pick of the Day, a 1968 Shelby GT350 located in Springfield, Ohio.

The 1968 GT350s were no longer produced by Shelby American
The 1968 GT350s were no longer produced by Shelby American

Before the Shelby guys go crazy reading this, I am aware, as should any potential buyer, that Shelby Mustangs built after 1967 were no longer built in Shelby’s shop but were built by Ford. On the standard assembly line, no less. This is the reason that a 1968 costs so much less than a 1967 or earlier Shelby GT350.

My take is that regardless of where it was built, any vintage Shelby Mustang is cool and worth owning.

According to the dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com , this Shelby Mustang is No. 1692. It was delivered and is still painted in Sunlit Gold with a correct Black interior. The seller most importantly states that this car has its original 302 V8 engine and with four-speed manual transmission and 3.89 rear differential.

The car looks like a clean example
The car looks like a clean example

The GT350 comes with the standard Shelby options, including power disc brakes, power steering, factory roll bar with shoulder harnesses, fold-down sport-deck rear seat, full instrumentation with factory tach, original Philco AM radio, fiberglass louvered hood, fiberglass decklid and Lucas driving lights.

The car also has such optional equipment as extra cooling package, tilt steering column, visibility group, wheelwell moldings, interior decor group, heavy-duty Autolite battery and aluminum 10-spoke wheels.

The name Shelby is likely to have mythic status for as long as people are driving cars, and this Shelby’s asking price of $79,900 is to me a very fair price.

As with any Selby purchase be sure to verify all the chassis, engine, transmission, and differential numbers with the Shelby American Automobile Club to be sure the Mustang is what the seller says it is.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day

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