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To date, we've identified 11 separate photo shoots locations in Southern California including Shelby American (Los Angeles Airport), Malibu Beach, Interstate I-10 in Palm Springs, San Jacinto Mountains, Hollywood Park, and three locations in Idyllwild (roadway, mountain-side home & with Lilly Rock in the background). Marking photos were taken between April and July 1967, though they wouldn't be sent to the printer until August 1967.
 
The Styles Collection: 1967-04 Malibu Beach &emdash;

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  This picture is from a the photo shoot, that took place on Southern California's Malibu Beach.

Of the nearly 100 photos we've found of 0139, Malibu Beach is the only shoot where the convertible is captured wearing '67-style 10-spoke wheels. That  lead us to believe that this is the earliest photo shoot of the convertible after being repurposed as a "1968 styling and photographic car."

We've found a total of seven photos from this photo shoot.

It was through careful scrutiny of the vintage pictures that we were able to discover the many telltale signs that the cars in the photographs were actually '67 model year cars with '68 styling features.  Because there was only one 1967 Shelby G.T. convertible listed on the Shelby American company car ledgers, we know this to be our car (SN:0139/INV:062).

Pay close attention to the gas cap, antenna, wheels, tail pipe extensions, vent windows, rear view mirror, instrument cluster, radio, emblems, rocker stripes, lack of chrome rocker moldings, front bumper extension cutouts, one-piece fiberglass front nose-cone, quarter panel reflectors, roll bar clasps, blacked-out pedestals supporting the 658 'spot-beam' Marchal lights, center emblems on hubcaps, and hood lock cables.

Constructing a timeline allowed us to conclude that the fender-side emblems, rocker strips, and fuel filler cap were the last items to be finalized during the evolution of the '68 styling process. In fact, you can see that most of the photos that appeared in print ads and dealer literature were retouched (airbrushed). We also learned that the left and right sides of the car had completely different emblem/stripe treatments during the initial stage of this process.

The key indicators that allowed us to sequence the photographs include:  the paint color, quarter panel reflectors (decals evolving to actual reflectors), hood locks (click pins evolving to Dzus twist-locks with cables) and the roll-bar (with and then without metal clasps on top).

In a number of 'in motion' photographs, including those taken at the San Jacinto Mountains and on the tarmac at Shelby's LAX facility, you will notice a man with a smile behind the wheel of the convertible.  Our suspicion, based on that smile, was that the driver wasn't a professional model, but rather a Shelby American employee. Turns out we were right -- the man behind the wheel was Gary Pike, and his smile clearly indicates he was thoroughly enjoying his job.  Gary worked at Shelby American along with his brother Don and his father Leroy.
 

 
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