This page is a 'work in
progress' and contains my observations from cataloging and
microfilm which contains every 1967 model year vehicle ordered by Shelby American.
This is the Ford Motor Company Domestic Special Order (DSO) data
-- there will be differences
between this data and the SAAC Registry data.
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- The Microfilm
file we obtained this data from was the file that SAI
had. There was no 'end of file' marker on the film. This
means that our file is incomplete. We have confirmed
that some later Change Notices are missing from the
file. Therefore, it is possible that there may have been
additional cars ordered after March 1967 and
subsequently canceled when Ford terminated the Shelby
- There were a
total of 25 K-code Group II race
coupes ordered on DSOs 2700, 2701 & 2801. They
are excluded from the following observations, totals
- The first DSO was
numbered 2501 (Aug-66)
- The last DSO
found on SAI's Microfilm was
- Only Mustangs
were found on the orders (no Cougars).
- With the
exception of the one Convertible and one Coupe, all
cars were Fastbacks
- Every DSO was
typed on the same form, FD 6243
- Every DSO is was
‘approved’ by the same person
Each DSO was limited to a single package code.
- Orders were
stamped 'received' once per month in CY-1966, twice per
month in CY-1967.
- 3,831 cars were
ordered. 3,224 cars were delivered. Cancelled orders are
- Car #0176 is not
on the DSO microfilm and therefore has not been included
in these totals.
- Whenever a G.T.
500 was ordered, the engine was itemized in the detail
area of the DSO as as: "Engine, 8 Cyl. Ford Cobra 8V
parenthesis is total Shelby orders 'received' by FoMoCo each
- The first DSO,
number 2501, itemized a single G.T. 500 (400F Pkg), painted Nightmist Blue.
This car would also be the first G.T. to be sequenced
(serialized) by Ford. However, #0185 was not completed by San Jose
12/1/66, released on 12/7/66 and completed by SAI on
1/4/67. Sequence-wise, because multiple G.T.500s were
completed by Ford on the same day, we can't tell if
#0185 was the fifth or the eleventh G.T. 500 completed by Ford.
Package Codes were created and used to
streamline the ordering process.
- Each DSO was
limited to a single package code.
- 48 different
package codes were established to handle the 6 different
models that Shelby planned for 1967, however, only 18
different package codes were ever ordered.
- The following
chart shows how many of each package code were built
(due to the complexity of changed package codes on DSOs,
we're not going to total by quantity ordered, just those
that were built. The results have been sorted according
- The last Medium
Gray (paint color “G”) car was ordered was on DSO 2527,
- A single 411F Springtime
Yellow car was ordered on DSO 2577 (Dec.14, 1966). Like
many of the DSOs requesting 428+AC cars, this DSO was
also cancelled. However, according to the SAAC Registry, VIN
2021, a 201F ordered on DSO 2572 (also on Dec. 14,
1966), was painted Springtime Yellow, and the "S"
(Special Paint) is reflected in the Shelby VIN tag. I'd
love to see a Marti report on this one to find out
whether there was a factory change notice allowing the
car to receive its special paint at San Jose, or it it
was repainted by Shelby American before being shipped to
the selling dealer?
- A single 410F Vintage
Burgundy car (paint code "X") was ordered on DSO 2609.
No cancellation order was found, and the SAAC Registry
confirms this car was VIN 3211 (again "S" denotes
Special Paint in the SAI VIN). The Registry
doesn't acknowledge X - Vintage Burgundy as a color in
the table of available color codes.
- With the
exception of the two special paint cars, Candyapple Red (paint code “T”) was actually the rarest
color ordered up through the end of the 1966 calendar
year (4 months of orders). Only 46 red cars were
ordered, closely followed by only 52 black cars. That’s
less than 2% of the 2320 cars ordered in CY-1966. That
all changed once potential buyers started to see the
print advertisements with a stunning Red G.T. 500
- Ordered/delivered quantities are to the
of the color names. This chart does not reflect color
changes performed by Shelby American prior to vehicle delivery.
Colors are ranked according to rarity of cars ordered
and assembled by
** PAINT COLOR GRAPH BEING UPDATED **
were ordered with three different trim options: 6A, 5A
Bronze or Black painted cars were ordered with a Parchment interior (5U).
A single Red car
ordered with a Parchment interior.
A single Acapulco Blue
ordered with a Parchment interior.
DSOs for G.T. 500 cars: 22
2502 403F 2507 401F
2510 411F 2513 402F
2514 412F 2518 400F
2519 400F 2520 403F
2521 410F 2529 401F
2531 403F 2533 411F
2535 413F 2537 401F
2553 401F 2554 401F
2559 403F 2564 411F
2565 411F 2570 413F
2577 411F 2578 413F
(of the 22 cancelled G.T. 500 DSOs, 17 were for G.T.
500 cars with air conditioning)
Cancelled DSOs for G.T. 350 cars: 4
2579 200F 2582 202F
2583 203F 2584 212F
(all cancelled G.T.350 cars were re-ordered on
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