Jim Smart
May 13, 2014

Mustang collector and faithful steward to the breed, Scott Fuller calls the far northern reaches of the Los Angeles high desert his home. It is the perfect place for a guy like Scott because there's plenty of room to grow in a place where everyone minds their own business and Scott can practice his passion. Beneath Scott's Mojave Desert tiled roofline is a growing collection of low-mileage unrestored original Mustangs, including several Shelbys. There are also nicely restored gems like this Raven Black '68½ Cobra Jet convertible that recently arrived in his personal museum.

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Access to Scott's collection has never been easy for anyone because Scott likes his privacy. We were honored to be invited to his shop to visit with Scott and admire his collection. Before you is something you may never see in your entire lifetime—a Cobra Jet convertible in Raven Black with Gold Nugget vinyl ordered on May 11, 1968 as a standard dealer retail order for Keck Motor Company in Mount Vernon, Indiana. On June 11, 1968, Scott's CJ convertible was serialized and scheduled for assembly at the Dearborn, Michigan assembly plant according to the coveted Marti Report. It was bucked and assembled on June 25th and shipped to Indiana the next day. It was sold July 13th.

Not much is known about the car's early life except it was in Northern Indiana until the 1990s when it wound up in the hands of an avid Ford collector in North Carolina and received a concours restoration. Scott snapped it up in 2011 and added it to his collection. Scott then shipped it off to Jim Ellsworth in North Canton, Ohio who freshened up the dated restoration. It was returned to Scott in August of last year.

Scott tells us Ford produced just 34 '68½ Cobra Jet Mustang convertibles. When you consider Ford did 518 Shelby GT 500KR convertibles, this makes Scott's CJ drop top one of the rarest. Scott Hollenbeck of the Mustang 428 Cobra Jet Registry tells Mustang Monthly 17 of the 34 convertibles are accounted for. Kevin Marti adds this is the only Raven Black and Gold Nugget '68 CJ convertible produced with a four-speed and a 3.91 geared Traction-Lok.

Before you is a penciled out order to the dealer's liking as a drop top “fun as the all outdoors” big-block Mustang with a four-speed and dragstrip ready gears. In theory, this car should have taken a car crusher nap 40 years ago amid abuse, thrashing and trashing. Instead, it has been a well-cared for timepiece passed along to those who have understood its worth. When we asked Scott how often he drives the car, he responded “Never!” because he understands just how rare it is as a polished gem.

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Mustang Snapshot

  • 1968½ Mustang GT Cobra Jet convertible
  • Raven Black
  • Gold Nugget Vinyl standard interior
  • 428 Cobra Jet, 335 horsepower
  • Top Loader four-speed
  • 3.91 Traction-Lok
  • GT Equipment Group
  • Power Front Disc Brakes
  • F70x14 Belted Traction Tires
  • Styled Steel GT wheels
  • AM radio