Photos & text courtesy of Mecum Auctions
Documentation for this 1967 Shelby GT350 Fastback shows that it is one of four cars shipped by Shelby American to Spain for exhibition in the Seville Fair, an annual event in the Andalusian held two weeks after the Semana Santa, or Easter Holy Week. Founded in 1847, by the Twenties the Fair had transformed from its origins as a livestock sale into a wide-ranging general exhibition that eventually included international trade among its many elements, and by the late Sixties it was the perfect venue for Shelby to show his wares to an international crowd. Two GT350s and two GT500s were sent for the event.
Serial number 67200FA01464 was produced by Shelby American on March 15, 1967. To serve its purpose as a show car (and likely an on-the-road demonstrator as well) the car was well equipped, beginning with the Shelby-modified 289/306 HP High Performance engine, toploader 4-speed manual transmission and Galaxie-sourced rear end that were central components to the GT350. The order also called for power steering and front disc brakes, the extra cooling package, Interior Décor Group with fold-down rear seat, tachometer and trip odometer and a heavy duty battery. The completed GT350 was finished in Wimbledon White with a Black interior and Magstar wheels.
Additionally, because of its destination it was delivered with a metric speedometer and tachometer; it maintains those settings today. The car apparently was purchased in Spain, because it remained there for years afterwards and was discovered in Spain in 1989. The Shelby Registry notes that in 2007 it was in the hands of Jim Johnson of Chattanooga, Tennessee. After undergoing a restoration, the car is now completed and in its original configuration with the addition of 5-spoke Magstar wheels. This former Shelby “ex-pat” has documentation that includes a Marti Report, export documents and a copy of the invoice from Shelby American dated May 12, 1967.