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By scrutinizing the descriptions and attributes of the engineering/company cars listed on original Shelby American documents, including the 03/31/67 Vehicle Tax Register, the 07/31/67 Fixed Asset Ledger and volume 48 (page 54) of The Shelby American, we were able to populate additional information about the company cars. The second table is sorted by California Inventory Number and populated mainly from the handwritten Ionia Move Planning documents (Jobs Yet to be Completed in California, Disposal of Prototypes and Cars Remaining in California). A few pieces were gathered from the 1969 Shelby Automotive Engineering Car List document. The SAAC Shelby 2011 World Registry also provided additional facts.

The ultimate goal of this exercise would be to create a single consolidated table that cross-references each company car by up to three inventory/control numbers that may have been assigned. These include the serial number (VIN), Shelby American (California) inventory number (xxx), and the Shelby Automotive (Michigan) inventory number (yySTzxx).

When I read this table, it leaves me wondering: did anyone that worked for Shelby not have a company car? At $4,000 per car (just counting the sixty-six 1967 model year cars with a VIN), we're looking at assets exceeding a quarter million dollars. That accounts for 2% of all the 1967 Shelby GT cars built by Shelby American, Inc.

1967 Company Cars, Including Engineering & PR

Table 1. Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

VIN CA MI Model Trans Opts Color Built (SA) [Dept.] Notes

n/a

  67ST102 GT500 Fastback M4   Red 66-09-?? [Eng.] '67 Proto / no Shelby VIN / Ford VIN: V-738-2 / MTU Prison Car
0003     GT350 Fastback M4 - Dark Green 66-10-19 LA Area Show Car /
Ray Geddes
0050     GT350 Fastback M4   White 66-11-09 [P.R.]
0100 100 67ST109 GT500 Fastback A AC      Red 66-11-10 [Eng.] 1st serialized GT500, (disposal)
0121 070   GT350 Fastback A S Black 66-12-08 [Eng.] Sell
0131 061 67ST103 GT500 Coupe A ACS    Red 66-12-07 [Eng.] 2nd serialized GT500, "Little Red",
Reassigned to CS, (disposal)
0139 062   GT500 Conv. A AC TH Red, White 66-12-07 [Eng.] Carroll Shelby
3rd serialized GT500,
'68 Photographic Car,  
Repainted White, 
Appeared at LLTC 7/6/67, (disposal)
0173     GT500 Fastback M4 - Lime Gold 66-12-12 [P.R.] Later reassigned to Eng.
0176     GT350 Fastback A AC      ? Ford Built:
66-09-01
Believed to have been ordered in Clearwater Aqua with Aqua deluxe interior then painted Lime Gold and used in early marketing ads.
0254     GT500 Fastback M4 - White 67-01-05 Ed Casey's Demo
0320     GT500 Fastback A - White 67-01-12 Ken Miller
0326     GT500 Fastback A - White 67-01-12 Ed Casey
0353     GT500 Fastback A - Dark Green 67-02-27 Cleassen
0375     GT500 Fastback A - Brittany Blue 67-01-23 J. Kerr
0383     GT500 Fastback M4 - Brittany Blue 67-01-12 [P.R.] 
0385     GT500 Fastback A - Brittany Blue 67-01-23 Ray Geddes
0425     GT500 Fastback M4    TH Dark Green 67-01-20 Don Cunningham
0433     GT500 Fastback A    TH Dark Green 67-01-20 [Eng.] Frank Martin
0463     GT500 Fastback M4 AC        Lime Gold,
Acapulco Blue
67-02-03 [Eng.] 'Cooling Tests'
'68 Photographic Car
Appeared at LLTC 7/6/67
0478     GT500 Fastback M4    TH Lime Gold 67-02-03 Randall
0522   67ST110 GT350 Fastback M4 AC      Dark Blue 67-01-30 [Eng.] 'Gristmill Tests'
0523     GT500 Fastback A - White 67-02-22 Beck
0543     GT500 Fastback M4    TH White 67-02-14 Al Dowd & W. Diaz
0544     GT500 Fastback M4    TH White 67-02-09 [Eng.] Fitted w/ GT40 427cid for Goodyear Tire Tests, "Super Snake"
0563     GT500 Fastback A    TH Dark Green 67-02-10 Jim Camp
0578     GT500 Fastback M4    TH Dark Green 67-02-16 Lew Spencer
0642     GT500 Fastback M4    TH Brittany Blue 67-02-27 L. Rosier & Tim Foraker
0693     GT500 Fastback M4 - Brittany Blue 67-03-10 Hike Pollem
0718     GT500 Fastback M4    TH Lime Gold 67-05-11 George Spears
0751     GT500 Fastback M4 - Lime Gold 67-02-13 Ray Geddes
0782     GT500 Fastback A - Lime Gold 67-02-16 Jim Riddle
0808 107   GT500 Fastback A - Dark Blue 67-03-01 F.C. "Monty" Keene
0828     GT500 Fastback A - White 67-02-22 Hal Bracken
0833     GT500 Fastback A - White 67-02-23 Ron Cramin
0848     GT500 Fastback A - Dark Blue 67-03-24 George Merwin
0935     GT500 Fastback M4    TH Dark Blue 67-03-28 Patrick Shelby (CS son)
0943     GT500 Fastback M4    TH Dark Blue 67-03-20 Mike Shelby (CS son)
0961     GT500 Fastback M4    TH Dark Blue 67-03-24 'Pool Car'
0978     GT500 Fastback M4    TH Brittany Blue 67-04-22 Lyle Otteson
'Wixsom Inventory'
0991     GT500 Fastback M4    TH Brittany Blue 67-04-21 'Pool Car'
1020     GT500 Fastback A    TH Red 67-04-12 Al Dowd
1075 065   GT350 Fastback M4 S Brittany Blue 67-03-10 [P.R.] 'Pool Car'
1108     GT350 Fastback A - Lime Gold 67-03-14 Ray Geddes (Ford-Dearborn)
1183     GT500 Fastback A    TH Dark Blue 67-04-07 Phil Remington
1216     GT350 Fastback A - White 67-03-10 Jack Khoury
1260     GT500 Fastback A    TH Dark Blue 67-03-13 P. Pelleritto
1283     GT500 Fastback M4    TH Dark Blue 67-03-24 'Pool Car'
1328     GT500 Fastback M4    TH White 67-04-27 Jim Camp
1643     GT500 Fastback A - Dark Blue 67-04-13 [Eng.]  
1921     GT500 Fastback A - Red 67-05-04 Jim Riddle
2057     GT500 Fastback A - Red 67-05-04 Jim Riddle
2381 073   GT350 Fastback A - Acapulco Blue 67-05-05 [Eng.]  
2396     GT500 Fastback M4 - Acapulco Blue 67-05-25 Carroll Shelby, 
'Sun-roof Proto'
2401     GT500 Fastback A    TH Acapulco Blue 67-05-26 Richard Garland
2452     GT500 Fastback A    TH Lime Gold 67-05-24 'Loaned to Ford (LA District)'
2484 074   GT500 Fastback M4 AC TH Brittany Blue 67-05-12 [Eng.]  
2520     GT500 Fastback M4 AC      White 67-06-26 Don Cunningham
2562     GT500 Fastback A AC      White 67-06-24 Jack Randall
2613     GT500 Fastback A AC      Red 67-07-18 Ken Miller
2654     GT350 Fastback A    TH Acapulco Blue 67-06-09 Robert Holobough
2705     GT500 Fastback A AC      Acapulco Blue 67-06-30 Edsel Ford II
2710     GT500 Fastback A AC      Acapulco Blue 67-07-18 Ed Casey
2711     GT500 Fastback A AC      Red 67-07-18 Jim Riddle
2712     GT500 Fastback A AC      Red 67-07-18 Hike Pollem
2766     GT350 Fastback A - Lime Gold 67-07-24 [Eng.]  
2928     GT350 Fastback A    TH Lime Gold 67-07-07 [Eng.]  
3173     GT500 Fastback A    TH Dark Blue 67-07-18 [Eng.]  

 

Table 2. California Inventory Number

CA MI VIN Model Trans Opts Color(s) Notes
  67ST102 -n/a- GT500 Fastback M4   Red '67 Proto / MTU Prison Car
061 67ST103 0131 GT500 Coupe A ACS   Red Engineering, AC removed; superchargers added.
062   0139 GT500 Conv. A AC TH Red, White Engineering, '68 Proto, (disposal)
063     GT500 Fastback M4    TH   Cal. Emissions, US Gov.
064     Fastback A   ????, Blue Engineering, '68 Proto, (disposal)
065   1075 GT350 Fastback M4   STH Brittany Blue Originally slated for Cal. Emissions
066              
067     Mustang 390 A     Sell? Based on 7/31/67 tax register, might be VIN 7F01S129215, 7F01S114141 or 7S01S117509
068     GT500 Fastback A     Fuel Injection
069              
070   0121 GT350 Fastback A S Black Sell
071     GT500 Fastback A    TH   Originally slated for disposal. Instead used for Cal. Emissions & US Gov. tests. Thermactor may have been original or added for emission tests.
072     GT350 Fastback A     (disposal)
073*   2381  GT350 Fastback A      Cal. Emissions / US Gov. / VIN doesn't indicate Thermactor - could it have been added for testing?
074*   2484 GT500 Fastback M4

AC TH

White Engineering Dept., (disposal)
100 67ST109 0100 GT500 Fastback A

AC

Red R. Grimm, (disposal)
107*   0808 GT500 Fastback       F.C. "Monty" Keene
  67ST110 0522  GT350 Fastback M4 AC TH Dark Blue  Cal. Emissions / "Gristmill" tests

 
Legend
CA = California Inventory Number (xxx)
MI = Michigan Inventory Number (yySTzxx)

Transmission: M4 = 4-Speed Manual, A = Automatic
Options: AC = Air Conditioning, TH = Thermactor (smog),
S = Supercharger
Blue = callout for GT 350
Red = Working Theory
* = have picture of SA window decal

Notes

The first two 1967 Shelby G.T. concept cars were built in September 1966. Shelby American employees Paul Kunysz and Lonnie Brannon were two of the key people working on the project under the direction of Jack Khory and Frank Martin. Paul, who shared his commendation letter with us, recalled that one car was built as a G.T. 350 and the other as a G.T. 500. One was painted "lime" and the other was "red." We know the red G.T. 500 was an eXperimental Ford test mule and never received a Shelby VIN. Once Ford terminated the Shelby program, the car accompanied the small staff to Shelby Automotive and was assigned inventory number 67ST102. Eventuallythis car was donated to the Michigan State Prison Unit as a permanent shop car. The donation provided a tax break as compared to crushing the vehicle. The lime gold car might be #0176, since it was the only car built early enough to be fitted with fiberglass and used as a photographic car by mid-September 1966.
 
 

 

 

 

Decals were affixed to the front windshield of Shelby American company cars in Los Angeles.

It appears that these large, easy-to-read inventory decals would have been affixed to the lower right side of the front windshield of company cars, including engineering, public relations and 'pool cars.'

Internal-use, often handwritten, documents from Shelby American would typically reference specific cars by their inventory number rather than their VIN. 

We'd very much like to recreate this decal for #0139 (062), but do not have the measurements. If you can help, please contact us.

 
  Shelby Automotive (Ionia, MI) also 'branded' engineering cars on the windshield. The Ionia inventory numbers were formatted as yySTzxx, where yy is model year (67,68,69), z is also an indicator of the model year (1=67, 2=68, 3=69) and xx is the sequence.

 
     

 

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