Circa April 1967,
Shelby American received two new sets of hand-laid
fiberglass components that were shipped to California from
the Ionia, MI-based A.O. Smith Plastics Company (see
item #4 in VanAkin letter). Each
set included four components: a front-end, hood, rear tail light panel and
These were the new
fiberglass '68 styling components that were designed by Ford
in an effort to "fix"
the numerous problems that Shelby created with the hastily
designed '67 model.
Shelby American was
instructed to fit these components onto two vehicles, a
Fastback and a Convertible, so that the cars could be used
for photographic purposes. Once updated, the two cars
were photographed at
several Southern California locations
and then shown to the press at Ford's Long Lead Technical
Conference on July 7, 1967.
The following are
documents are associated to the 1968 photographic cars,
including the convertible #0139, once it had been updated
with A.O. Smith's hand-built 68-styled fiberglass.