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.
- The first DSO was
numbered 2501 (Aug-66)
- The last DSO 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
- Shelby stopped ordering cars
in March 1967 (just shy of the mid-model-year point).
- 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
- The 25 Group II race
coupes ordered on DSOs 2700, 2701 & 2801,
are excluded from the following observations, totals
parenthesis is total Shelby orders 'received' by FoMoCo each
- The lowest
numbered DSO (2501), was for a single G.T. 500 (400F Pkg
Code), painted Nightmist Blue. Despite being the lowest DSO
number, it was not the first G.T. 500 built by Ford, but
rather the fourth. The car was completed by San Jose on
12/1/66, released on 12/7/66 and completed by Shelby on
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 shipping off 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 this color code.
- 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 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
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