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Document: Ionia Move Notes - Disposal of Prototypes
Source: Shelby American (possibly authored by Fred Goodell)
Date: circa July 1967

This document references six vehicles by Shelby/California inventory number:

062  -  1968  Proto  Convertible    Auto
064  -  1968  Proto  Fastback       Auto
071  -  1967  GT500  Fastback       Auto      Cal Emissions
                                               -> US Govt.
072  -  1967  GT350  Fastback       Auto
074  -  1967  GT500  Fastback       4-speed
100  -  1967  GT500  Fastback       Auto

California company car #062 is the only convertible (VIN #0139). The blue fastback is inventory number #064 or #074. These cars played a role as the "68 photographic cars," from April 1967-July 1967.

This document refers to the '68 proto Fastback' as an Automatic, however, the car at the July 7, 1967 LLTC (Riverside Int'l Raceway) was clearly a 4-speed. 

While the author of this document used the term 'prototype,' we know these cars were all San Jose built production vehicles that Shelby American considered 'engineering' vehicles. By definition, none of these vehicles were 'prototypes.'

Also interesting to note is the author's use of the word "disposal." We know more than at least three cars on this document are still around today, so the term "disposal" apparently meant that, as the Shelby Program was spun-down, these cars would be shipped to FoMoCo in Dearborn. Ford eventually sold these vehicles on their B-lot. This FAQ has more details.

Car #071, originally was listed on this page to be disposed of, however, it was a late substitution for car #065 on the Ionia Move - Vehicles Remaining in California page to be sent to the U.S. Govt. after California Emissions testing. Apparently it was not crossed off this page, but it is our belief it was not shipped to Ford in Dearborn along with the other vehicles listed on this page.

 

Note: inventory numbers are not the same as serial numbers (VIN). The consolidated Company Cars table page attempts to cross-reference the company car numbers to VINs.
 
See Also: Ionia Move Notes - Vehicles Remaining in California Ionia Move Notes - Jobs Yet to be Completed in California Ionia Move Notes - Relocation Dates, The consolidated Company Cars table page

 

 
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