To date, we've
identified 11 separate photo shoots locations in
Southern California including
Shelby American (Los Angeles Airport),
I-10 in Palm Springs,
locations in Idyllwild
Lilly Rock in the background). Marking photos were taken between April and July
1967, though they wouldn't be sent to the printer until
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This picture is from a the
that took place on Southern California's Malibu
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.
us to believe that this is the earliest
photo shoot of the convertible after being
repurposed as a "1968 styling and photographic
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
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
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
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
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