Other big news for the '68 Shelby Mustangs was the introduction of a convertible body style for both the GT350 and GT500. The '68 Shelby GT350 now came furnished with a four-barrel-equipped 302 V-8 rated at 250 hp, so the power rating on the '68 small-block Shelby was down somewhat.
This perfect '68 GT350 shows how well the convertible body style worked out. All of the Sh
The last of the Shelby Mustangs were produced in '69. The Mustang had been completely restyled and, hence, the new Shelby looked quite different as well. It differed in appearance from the production Mustang more so than in any previous incarnation. This time, fiberglass fenders joined the fiberglass hood. The Shelby Mustangs featured two 7-inch headlights and Lucas fog lamps mounted beneath the bumper. The distinctive-looking cars shared identical engines with the Mustang this time, with the GT350 coming equipped with the 351 Windsor, and the GT500 using the Cobra Jet 428.
This '69 GT350 convertible represents the last series produced by Shelby American. Althoug
Although the '69 Shelby was a great car, over 700 units went unsold during the '69 model year. The remaining 789 '69 Shelby cars were updated with a 1970 serial number and sold as '70 models. There were a number of factors working against the Shelby by this time. One was the tremendous success of the new for '69 Mach 1 package. In fact, the Mach 1 was so popular that the venerable GT package was no longer even offered after 1969. There were 10 different engines available in the Mustang for that year, including a 290hp 351 Windsor, a 320-horse 390 as well as the 428, and the new 385-series Boss 429; so there was no shortage of performance options available to the performance-oriented buyer. Certainly, the availability of the Mach 1, Boss 302, and Boss 429 hurt Shelby sales.
It turned out that 1970 was the last year for high-compression engines in Detroit, and the Big Three automakers were bracing themselves for the onslaught of new federal emissions regulations. The truth was that Detroit had other things to worry about at the end of the '70 model year, and dark days for high performance descended over the land.
Great-looking packages such as this '69 Mach 1 were available from Ford with a huge variet
In the course of this short discussion, it's plain to see you can duplicate many of the performance modifications Shelby made, especially to the '65-'66 Mustangs. Shelby replicas are among the most interesting and worthwhile projects we can think of, and the end result will be a car with an excellent performance envelope and classic Shelby appearance. Even coupes and convertibles are fair game for these upgrades, and we've seen interesting examples of both. Should you desire to produce a replica, parts and services abound to help you on your way. Clearly, there's room in the world for more cars that are replicas of these beautiful and historically significant Shelbys.