1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500

In 1968, a convertible option was added to the Shelby line-up, available with either a 302- or 428-cubic-inch eight-cylinder engine. The High Performance 289 cubic-inch V8 was no longer offered on the Ford or Shelby versions of the Mustang. The 302 was standard on the GT350, equipped with an aluminum intake manifold and Holley 600 CFM carburetor capable of producing 250 horsepower. 1968 also marked the year that Ford took over production of the Shelby vehicles with operations moving to Livonia, Michigan.

The styling modifications for 1968 were minor. The front of the vehicle was restyled resulting in an aggressive appearance. The headlights switched back to the single seven-inch unit configuration with Lucas fog lamps positioned inside the grill. The hood was once again a fiberglass unit with repositioned scoops and air-extraction louvers.

The 428 engine increased in horsepower by 5 over the prior year. This was the result of a single four-barrel aluminum intake manifold in place of the prior dual-carburetor setup. To honor this achievement, the GT500 equipped with the 428Cj now became known as the GT500, or King of the Road. These were the fastest Shelby production vehicles to date and offered superb handling, braking and most of all, acceleration.

During 1968, 4451 examples were produced. 1253 fastbacks and 404 convertibles made up the GT350 model line. The GT500 was available as a fastback or convertible. There were 1140 GT500 fastbacks and 402 GT500 convertibles produced in 1968. 1968 also saw the production of 933 GT500KR fastbacks and 318 GT500KR convertibles. Only one GT500 Notchback Prototype was produced.


by Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2006
1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500 vehicle information

Coupe

This Gold 1968 Ford Shelby is one of fifteen produced with this color combination. The car is powered by a 428 cubic-inch V-8 engine. This convertible has an automatic transmission.....[continue reading]

1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500 vehicle information

Convertible

This 1968 Ford Shelby GT 500 Eleanor is equipped with a 428 cubic-inch engine, automatic gearbox, and painted in Charcoal gray. It is well appointed with Italian leather, air conditioning, 3.55 POSI, power top, roll bar, console, tinted glass, funct....[continue reading]

1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500 vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 8T03S17960102967

For 1968, the GT500 was comprehensively updated with an aggressive new front-end treatment including a lengthened hood line, a rear spoiler was added, air scoops and louvered cooling vents. Also, there were revised head and tail lamps, with the rear ....[continue reading]

1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500 vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 8F01S104288

Shelby Automotive built a notchback body prototype in 1968, which received the nickname 'The Green Hornet.' It was outfitted as a Mustang GT/CS prototype and received an experimental 428 Cobra Jet X engine and the stock transmission was replaced with....[continue reading]

1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500 vehicle information

Coupe

In 1967, this GT500 was used by Shelby American as an engineering test-bed vehicle for many upcoming new features. This would be the car that would receive one of the first 428 cubic inch police interceptor engines with air conditioning, (which would....[continue reading]

1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500 vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 8T03S149505-01792

The 428 powered GT500 was unveiled in 1967 and brought with a convertible body style as part of the Shelby catalog offerings. This particular Sunlit Gold colored Shelby Mustang is one of 402 convertibles created during the model year. The car has bee....[continue reading]

1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: 8R01S108113-CSS002

Barry Smith, owner of Legendary G.T., built the Shelby Black Hornet Mustang as a continuation Shelby EXP500 under a license from Carroll Shelby Licensing. An original 1968 Mustang was used as the donor car. It was painted 'Stetson Black' in honor of ....[continue reading]

Coupe
 
Convertible
 
Convertible
Chassis #: 8T03S17960102967 
Convertible
Chassis #: 8F01S104288 
Coupe
 
Convertible
Chassis #: 8T03S149505-01792 
Coupe
Chassis #: 8R01S108113-CSS002 

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