February 4, 2014

First '67 GT 500

I was surprised to see my car (the first '67 GT 500) included in November's "Mustang Oddities" article. Unfortunately, the small piece about my Shelby contains a couple of errors. First, the car was never painted Lime Gold Metallic. From day one, it has always been Candyapple Red. Secondly, the car was not used in '67 Shelby advertising. For the advertising campaign, a pre-production test mule/prototype was used; it was not built on a production '67 Mustang chassis and does not have a '67 Shelby serial number.  

As the first GT 500 to be completed on a production '67 Mustang chassis, my Shelby was a factory engineering car that was also used for public relations and carries the lowest Shelby serial number assigned to a GT 500, 67411F9A0100-ENG.  It is the car that was featured in February 1967 road test articles in Car and Driver and Road and Track, and in the March 1967 issue of Sports Car Graphic.  The car remained with the Shelby American/Shelby Automotive engineering department into 1969.

Eric Johnson
Via the Internet

AM/FM with Eight-Track

I have a question about the '66 K-GT with special paint and stripes ("Sapphire Special," December issue). The article says the car is equipped with an AM/FM eight-track but I didn't think FM came about until '69 or ‘70. Also, the photo looks like AM only with eight-track.

Noel Jennings
Lees Summit, MO

Good catch. Keith Cannon's '66 K-GT is equipped with the factory optional AM/eight-track. An AM/FM radio was also offered, but AM/FM with eight-track was not available.

Working Hard for the Mustang

I am currently a senior at Rancho Verde High School in Moreno Valley, California. Ever since I was five or six years old, I've wanted a Mustang. My dad and I looked at a few restorable cars for us to work on together but the years went by and we never found the right car until I was a sophomore. My dad told me that he had found a '70 Mustang that was different and a bit rare. The owner said that it was a Grande, then explained the differences. We worked out a deal where I would work on the owner's farm to pay for the car. Old fashioned trades, the way things should be done. I have owned the Grande for a year now and have started the restoration process with my father. The body is stripped and almost completely sand blasted. We are only able to work on it on weekends when I'm not busy with homework. It has been a sort of dream for my dad to get a car featured in a magazine.

Via the Internet

It's always good to hear from younger people with an interest in older Mustangs. Sounds like you've got a great dad who has instilled a work ethic that will benefit you for years to come, plus you'll always cherish the time you spent together on restoring the Mustang. Send us photos when the Grande is completed.

50th Honeymoon

While reading "Countdown to the 50th" in the December Pony Tales, I thought about my new wife, Linnie, and I honeymooning in Charlotte on April 17 and wondered how many other couples might be doing the same. Or maybe someone might propose at such a momentous occasion. We'll be arriving with a "Just Married" sign on our red '06 GT/SC convertible. The love of the Mustang and its anniversary surely is coincidental with the romance of weddings and a happy future.

Ralph E. DeTurk III
Linnie Marie Conaway
Via the Internet

Thanks for tipping us off about your honeymoon plans. We haven't heard of any other couples planning to honeymoon or tie the knot at the Mustang 50th Birthday Celebrations, but we're sure you may have sparked some ideas. We'll look for your Mustang at Charlotte.

Driving Survivors

In response to Donald Farr's Hoofbeats in the December issue, tell him to keep banging gears in survivor Mustangs. I once had a man call me to retrieve his '70 model Boss 302 for some work at my shop. The car was 95 percent original and had been sitting in his garage for 25 years. I worked on it off and on for six months to restore the items that needed to be repaired to safely put it back on the road. It was a blast to drive. I have had many opportunities to drive other Mustangs, some restored, some not. They are all equally enjoyable but unrestored is always the best. Keep up the good work.

James Goode
Florence, AL

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