Tom Laferriere

1969 Shelby GT500 Fastback with Auto Trans and Air

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1969 was the last year for the Shelby Mustang, however, unsold 1969 models were given 1970 vehicle identification numbers with 2 visuals changes; front spoiler and two black hood stripes.  Now based on the new SportsRoof and convertible Mustang body styles, Shelby’s newly designed Mustang shared very little resemblance to the production Mustang. The GT350 and GT500 were still available in both fastback or convertible.


The front end design on the ’69 Shelby was completely new. Both the fenders and the hood were fiberglass and created a large rectangular grille opening which carried two 7 inch headlights. Beneath the bumper, Lucas foglamps were mounted. The hood contained three forward-facing NASA scoops, the center one providing air to into the engine’s intake system. Also on the hood were two rear-facing scoops. Brake scoops can be found on the front fenders, as did the rear, all providing air to the brakes. Rear scoops can be found on convertibles mounted lower in order to prevent any interference with the convertible top mechanism. In the rear, fiberglass extensions were added to the fiberglass deck lid to create a pronounced spoiler. ’65 Thunderbird taillights were used, and a unique aluminum exhaust collector exited in the center beneath the bumper.


Side stripes can be found on both models with either GT350 or GT500 lettering at the front fender in front of the brake scoop. Snake emblems can be found behind the rear side windows and also on the left side of the front grille. Also, Cobra Jet emblems, like the ones found on the ’68 GT500KR, were used on the GT500’s front fenders.


The interior of the Shelby was once again the production Mustang’s Deluxe Interior Decor Group, available in either black or white, with Shelby identification on the door panels, steering wheel and passenger’s dash. The console top housed two two Stewart Warner gauges, oil and amps, along with two toggle switches for foglamps and courtesy lights. The instrument cluster contained a 8000 rpm tachometer, 140 mph speedometer and fuel gauges. All of the fastback Shelbys once again have the inertia-reel harnesses while the convertibles kept the same 1968 type roll bar.


This Shelby was the recipient of a 15 year long, fully documented restoration including all receipts and pictures along the way. Over $175,000 was spent to make this one of the finest Shelbys you will ever see.   NOS parts were used whenever possible (Lucas lights, marker lights, boomerang moldings, door handles, strikers, dash, scuff plates, etc) and it was was completed, it was never driven or shown. Libbey’s Classic Car Restoration Center, Inc. of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts performed its rotisserie restoration.  


For documentation, it has its Marti report, factory build sheet, and dealer invoice as well as being listed in the Shelby Registry (under John Willams), which whom it was purchased from in 1989 by the current owner.   Matching 428 CJ engine/transmission with 3:50 Traction-Lok differential which is just a perfect combination for cruising and to get up and GO…and that it does exceptionally well.  Powerful, quiet engine with no noises or smoke of any kind. The transmission shifts nicely up and down all the gears, brakes perfectly, and steers straight.  Great oil pressure, charging appropriately, and no overheating issues or any other issues whatsoever.  Add the factory cold Air-Conditioning and it makes the driving experience that much better.


I don’t think you will find a better example.


Located in Smithfield, RI and offered at $98,000.  All photographs and details at the link.



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Looks like a new old stock super muscle car......right color, right options, and priced at half the restoration cost. If your a Ford guy, this car has to float your boat. 

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