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While the historical significance and rarity of the 1967 G.T. 500 Convertible has been long-known in the Shelby community, it wasn't until after another decade of fact-finding and published research that the rest of the automotive community reveled at just how significant this car actually is. This Shelby G.T. convertible (0139) and the coupe (0131) are the world's rarest production automobiles
 

Rarity & Significance as a Shelby American G.T.:

  • The only 1967 Shelby G.T. convertible built.
     
  • The only G.T. 500 convertible built by Shelby American.
     
  • The only G.T. convertible ordered with and factory-equipped with dual-quad carburetors.
     
  • The third G.T. 500 to be serialized and completed by SAI.
    First was a fastback (0100), second was a coupe (0131), and third was the convertible (0139).
     
  • One of two known 1967 G.T. cars to be outfitted with a black Connolly leather interior. The other car is the G.T. 500 coupe (0131).
     
  • One of two 1967 model year vehicles to be upgraded with 1968-styled fiberglass for photographic purposes. The other car was an Acapulco Blue fastback believed to be VIN 0463.
     
  • Valued at $4,249.76, the convertible was the most expensive G.T. 500 in Shelby American's company car inventory (per the Vehicle Fixed Asset Ledger 07/31/1967). This number doesn't include the $7,396 worth of handcrafted '68 styled fiberglass from A.O. Smith (in 2014 dollars, that's an additional $50,000 of parts).
     
  • Initially claimed by Carroll Shelby as his "personal driver."
     
  • One of the most photographed and publicized Shelby G.T. cars ever built.
    This was the convertible pictured on the cover of the press kits, dealer literature and featured in every print ad introducing the 1968 Shelby Cobra G.T. models.
     
     

And since this G.T. was born on the Ford Mustang assembly line:

  • The only multi-carbureted Mustang convertible ever built.
     
  • The only 1967 Mustang convertible factory-equipped with a 428 engine.
     
  • The first Ford Mustang convertible to receive a 428 cu.in. engine
    (and the only 428-equipped convertible to be built at Ford's San Jose assembly plant).
     
  • The second Mustang (all body styles) with a 428 cu.in engine to be serialized by Ford.
     
  • The third Mustang (all body styles) with a 428 cu.in engine to be completed by Ford.
    (The first two were also '67 Shelby G.T. 500 cars, a Fastback #0100 and a Coupe #0131)
     
  • Recipient of first Ford reinforced C-6 "PCG-R" automatic gearbox, tag # "PCG-R 000001".

     

Rarity as compared to all pony/muscle cars:

  • When looking beyond this car's significance to the Ford/Shelby arena, it's also worth pointing out that this is the only known CONVERTIBLE pony car that received both dual quad (2x4bbl) carburetion and air conditioning from the factory. The only other convertible pony cars to get dual-quads would be the 426 cu.in. 'Hemi 'Cudas & Challengers... and not one of those ever received factory air conditioning!

 

** Note: all rarity statistics are based on like 'production' vehicles built by a regular process on the normal assembly lines.

 
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