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The Only GT Convertible Ordered and Built by Shelby American
(and the only 1967 Ford Mustang 428 Convertible)

1967 Shelby GT Convertible - the World's Rarest Production CarLyndon B. Johnson was president, the "space race" was on and the Beach Boys released their best-selling album. It was the summer of 1966...

On August 9th, a week before production was about to begin on the newly redesigned '67 Mustang, Shelby American placed an order with Ford for three specially-equipped cars; a coupe, a fastback, and a convertible. Other than the body style, all three were to be identically equipped with the 428cu.in. engine, C-6 automatic, A/C, P/S, P/B, Thermactor, AM radio, tinted glass and a black décor interior under a Candyapple Red exterior.

These automobiles would be the first production-line Ford Mustangs outfitted with the massive Q-code 428 cu.in. "Interceptor" engine, and because they were ordered by Shelby, they also received dual Holly 4bbl carburetors.  The convertible was serialized on November 1, 1966 and completed twenty days later at Ford’s San Jose plant, approximately two weeks after the fastback and coupe. This trio would also become the first big block GT 500 cars delivered to, upgraded by and serialized by Shelby American.

The convertible received sequence number 0139, was designated a "company car," received '67 Shelby upgrades and was initially assigned to Carroll Shelby as his own "personal driver."

1967 Shebly GT Convertible - Disguised as a '68 with Carroll ShelbyAfter being thoroughly enjoyed by Carroll and his friends, the convertible was re-purposed into a '68 styling prototype. With Ford's design assistance, Dearborn Steel Tubing fabricated and shipped two sets of redesigned hoods, front-ends and tail light panels to California. By May 1967, Shelby American installed the fiberglass components and began extensively photographing the convertible for brochures, print ads and dealer literature to promote the upcoming 1968 model year GT cars. 

Nearly half a century has passed since this extra special GT 500 convertible rolled off Ford's assembly line. Several years were spent researching the car's history prior to entrusting Jason Billups to perform the Concours-correct restoration with the supervision of SAAC head judge Bob Gaines and with the priceless technical contributions from many experts, enthusiasts and past employees in the Shelby community.
 

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