Mustang at Mecum
GT350 to be sold Saturday
Larry Jewett - January 21, 2014 09:00 AM
Shelby and Ford capitalized on the success of the 1965-67 Shelby GT coupes by adding a convertible in 1968. Although there were few mechanical differences between the 1967 and 1968 GT350s, the new model received a much more aggressive front end styling treatment. Once again the modifications were rendered in fiberglass panels, including a new hood design with twin scoops at the leading edge and rear louvered vents to allow heated underhood air to escape. The rear received the same upturned rear spoiler as before and now used off-the-shelf Thunderbird tail lights with sequential turn signals. The interior was available in Black or Saddle in Deluxe Mustang trim with a padded roll bar and a console fitted with Stewart Warner oil and amp gauges and a Cobra-embossed storage cover.
Now rated at 250 HP and 310 lb-ft of torque, the GT350’s 302 CI V-8 was dressed with finned aluminum Cobra valve covers and oval air cleaner. This Acapulco Blue GT350 convertible is one of 404 built in 1968 and one of 19 produced with its particular combination of features that includes the J-code 302 CI engine and a four-speed manual transmission. Completed with White Le Mans stripes, a White soft top and Black interior, it was originally shipped to Frontier Motor Sales, Inc. of Niagara Falls, New York on April 18, 1968 and was equipped with power steering, power front disc brakes and Shelby 10-spoke aluminum wheels. Documented with the Shelby factory invoice and build sheet and listed in the Shelby Registry as a two owner car, it was repainted in the early 1980s and remains in splendid condition, having won awards at both regional and national SAAC events.
Look for this car as Lot S171.1 on the auction block on Saturday, January 25. More about this car, including more pictures, is available at www.mecum.com
Mecum TV Schedule
Tues., Jan. 21 1 p.m. Esquire Network
Wed., Jan. 22 2 p.m. Esquire Network
Thurs., Jan. 23 2 p.m. Esquire Network
Fri., Jan. 24 1 p.m. NBCSN
Fri., Jan. 24 6:30 p.m. Esquire Network
Sat., Jan. 25 10 a.m. NBCSN
Sat., Jan. 25 12 p.m. Esquire Network
Sun., Jan. 26 10 a.m. NBCSN
Sun., Jan. 26 3:30 p.m. NBC