1969 Shelby GT500 Fastback Never Sold In America May Finally Reach Our Soil
A Restored Piece So Good You Will Feel Bad If You Do Not Buy It
For 1969 model year Ford produced exactly 1,402 Shelby GT500 cars. This one is number 500 and it, as seems, never saw the US soil after Ford sold it to a customer in Canada. That may well be its biggest asset at the next scheduled auction at the Mecum Auctions Las Vegas event. Aside from the meticulous condition, of course.
After all, the car has covered 48,000 miles. That’s next to nothing in my book (for a car ordered in November 1968 and produced in January 1969). Although some may like the classic looks of 1967 original, the 1969 Shelby GT500 was the one to bring a major facelift. This one is 4 inches longer, has a different looking front end and it came just a half year before Ford and Shelby parted their ways. In short, the 1969 Shelby GT500 is unlike any other out there. Heck, 789 unsold 1969 Shelby GT500’s were altered to become 1970 Shelby GT500. All with VIN number change and Boss front lip additions. A felony act, but Ford did it with FBI supervision, so it made it legal.
Would you rather – 1967 Shelby GT500 or 1969 Shelby GT500?
Shelby designers made an extra effort to 1969 Shelby GT500, gifting it with a fiberglass nose, functional NACA ducts in the hood, upper and lower side scoops, and a duck-tailed rear end with sequential Thunderbird taillights. Changes to the car did not only happen on the outside but on the inside as well. See, Shelby improved safety with a fine roll bar and even garnished the dash with a 140mph gauge.
Considering its 428 Ci V8 is developing 335hp, the 140mph gauge is the most fitting. It also churns out 440 lb-ft of torque. Some do suggest that Ford actually underrated the power figure for this one. Modern tests showed the engine developed north of 360hp and a tad more than 450 lb-ft of torque.
As for the price, one could expect this cool 1969 Shelby GT500 to be sold for around $200,000. After all, that is what the market was asking for units of similar stature.
As expected, buying a car will get you a comprehensive set of documents. Expect to get the original purchase order, billing invoice and the original order form from the Canadian dealer. Of course, all the restoration photos will be included.
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