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This award-winning 1968 Shelby GT500 Convertible is confirmed by Marti Auto Works as a factory Triple Black version from the Metuchen, New Jersey assembly plant. Built on November 25, 1967, it was equipped at the factory with the 428/360 HP V8, C6 automatic transmission, 3.50:1 rear axle, power steering and front disc brakes, Extra Cooling Package, Visibility Group, bright wheel well moldings, Interior Décor Group, tachometer and trip odometer, AM radio and power top with glass back window.
It was then shipped to Theodore Robins Ford of Costa Mesa, California, where its original 428 CI engine was removed and replaced with the Ford and Shelby equivalent of the Holy Grail: a highly coveted 427 CI Side Oiler engine with cross-bolted main bearing journals and the 1967 GT500’s aluminum intake manifold and dual inline 4-barrel Holley carburetors. Rated at 400 horsepower, the Cobra Le Mans 427 made this Shelby one of the rarest of its kind. It also remains one of the most alluring.
Finished in Raven Black over rust-free sheet metal, it was meticulously restored in 2008 by David Randal of Randal’s Restorations Inc. in Comfort, Texas, and remains in superb condition. In 2009 it scored a very impressive 982 of 1,000 points at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, earning a place in the MCACN Gold Concours Registry. Also listed in the Shelby Registry as possessing the 427 CI engine, this unique GT500 has extensive documentation that includes photos, a Deluxe Marti Report, build sheet and owner’s manual.