2014 Shannons Sydney Late Autumn Classic Auction
Lot
24

1968 Ford Mustang "Shelby GT500" Replica Fastback (LHD)

$52,000

Sold

Specifications

Engine V8,390cid
Gearbox 3-Speed Automatic
Body Work Fastback
Colour Candy Apple Red
Interior Black
Trim Vinyl
Wheels Cast Alloy
Brakes Disc/Drum

Description

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Introduced to widespread acclaim in late in 1964, Ford's Mustang was breaking all sales records by 1967 and surpassed the million mark the previous year. Having left the Mustang largely unchanged for the first couple of years production, Ford decided it was time for a revamp in 1967 - driven in part by the appearance on the market of rivals from Chevrolet and Pontiac. The Mustang was available in three body styles, the convertible, notchback coupe and fastback with an extensive selection of engine and transmission options. The look for 1967 was bigger all round - longer, wider and with more interior space, plus revised styling front and rear. Minor changes were made for the 1968 model year, including new bucket seats, a sports steering wheel, revised grille and chrome rocker panel mouldings. For the first time, the '67 Mustang was available with the option of a big-block V8 in the form of the 390-cid unit using a four-barrel Holley 600-cfm carburettor, turning the Ponycar into a real street fighter. In 1968, Ford expanded the range of big-block options available in the Mustang to include both 295 hp and 325 hp versions of the 390-cid along with the introduction of the 335 hp Cobra Jet 428-cid motor. Production totalled 317,404 and the '68 Mustang was immortalised by Steve McQueen, who drove a Highland Green GT390 in the cult movie "Bullitt". Any big block Mustang is a rarity in Australia, particularly the earlier 1967-68 body styles, and there is steady demand from collectors for these popular muscle cars.

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