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With Shelby American unable to pull out of the tail-spin that started with '67 model year production, Ford made the decision to postpone Shelby's planned convertible.  Instead of introducing the convertible as a 1967 model, it would be postponed to a 1968 model. This gave Ford to fully address the major design flaws introduced with the 1967 Shelby models.

Ford provided their design to A.O. Smith and tasked them with fabricating the new fiberglass components to modify (disguise) two 1967 model year cars for "Photographic Purposes," one fastback and one convertible. Once these cars were updated with what we now identify as "1968 Shelby styling," the cars were taken to multiple southern California locations and extensively photographed for future advertisements and dealer materials.

Based on scenery, people and subtle differences to cars, we've organized the photos by location. All photos were taken between April 1967 and August 1967.

Click on any of the photos below to see photos from a specific location, or visit the vintage photo index to view them all.
The Styles Collection: 1967-04 Malibu Beach &emdash;   Malibu Beach

Date: Circa April/May 1967

This is the only shoot where the convertible is found wearing '67-style 10-spoke wheels. That item leads us to believe that this is the earliest photo-shoot of the convertible after being repurposed as a "1968 photographic car."

The Styles Collection: 1967-05 LAX #1 5136-xxx &emdash;    
Shelby American
(Los Angeles Airport) #1

Date: Circa May 1967

File Number: CN 5136


The Styles Collection: 1967-05 LAX #2 &emdash;
Shelby American
(Los Angeles Airport) #2

Date: Circa May 1967

The Los Angeles Airport Facility photos are the only photos where Carroll Shelby is posing with the cars.

The Styles Collection: 1967-05 LAX #3 (Studio Simulation) &emdash;
  Shelby American
(Los Angeles Airport) #3

Date: Circa May 1967

A Hollywood studio "simulation?"

The Styles Collection: 1967-05 Palm Springs (I-10) &emdash;
  Interstate I-10 in Palm Springs

Date: Circa May 1967

Possibly taken en route to/from San Jacinto Mountains
The Styles Collection: 1967-05 San Jacinto Mountains &emdash;
  San Jacinto Mountains

Date: Circa May 1967

Shelby employee Gary Pike behind the wheel

The Styles Collection: 1967-06 LAX - Repainted White &emdash;
  Shelby American
(Los Angeles Airport) #4

Date: Circa June 1967

Likely the first amateur photos taken after being repainted white.

The Styles Collection: 1967-06 Hollywood Park &emdash;
  Hollywood Park

Date: Circa June 1967

The brunette model also appeared in the 1967 marketing photos taken at Hollywood Park.

The Styles Collection: 1967-07-07 LLTC - Motor Trend (C) &emdash;
  Riverside International Raceway

Ford Long Lead Technical Conference (LLTC)

Date: July 7, 1967 (Press Day)

Photographer: Motor Trend

The Styles Collection: 1967-07-07 LLTC - Martyn Schorr (C) &emdash;
  Riverside International Raceway

Ford Long Lead Technical Conference (LLTC)

Date: July 7, 1967 (Press Day)

Photographer: Martyn L. Schorr, Sportscar Graphic

The Styles Collection: 1967-07-07 LLTC &emdash;
  Appears to be Riverside International Raceway

Photographer: Unknown

The license plate is not a California manufacturer's plate. This photo appeared in the September 1967 Motor Age magazine.

The Styles Collection: 1967-07-10 California Mountains 5011-xxx &emdash;
  California Mountains

Date: July 10, 1967

File Number: CN 5011 (46 photos in set)

The Styles Collection: 1967-07 Idyllwild Home &emdash;
  Mountain-side Home

Date: Circa July 1967

The Styles Collection: 1967-07 Idyllwild Lilly Rock &emdash;


Lilly Rock in the background

Date: Circa July 1967

The Styles Collection: 1967-08 LA Design College? &emdash;   College Campus

Unknown Location -  may be the Los Angeles Design College

Date: Circa July/August 1967


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 itemized 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 grine clearly indicates he was enjoying his job.  Gary worked at Shelby American along with his brother Don and his father Leroy.


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