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.
#0139 isn't just the rarest Ford Mustang or Shelby G.T.
-- this convertible is undeniably the
world's rarest production automobile.
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.
500 to be serialized and completed.
First was a fastback (0100), second was a coupe (0131),
and then the convertible (0139).
- One of two 1967
model year vehicles to be upgraded with 1968-styled
fiberglass for photographic purposes. The other car was an Acapulco Blue
- 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
claimed by Carroll Shelby as his "personal driver."
- One of the most photographed and publicized Shelby G.T. cars
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
- The only
multi-carbureted Mustang convertible ever built.
- The only 1967
Mustang convertible factory-equipped with a 428
- 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 third
Mustang (all body styles) completed with a 428 cu.in.
(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".
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.