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Thursday 29 August 2019

1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Tribute - BRIGHTWELLS AUCTIONS Leominster Auction Centre Easters Court, Leominster HR6 0DE Wednesday 4th September 2019

Leominster Auction Centre
 Easters Court, Leominster HR6 0DE
 Wednesday 4th September 2019

Lot No. 117
1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Tribute
Colour Candy Apple Red
Registration Number BLZ 78
Chassis No. 8R03C145050
Engine size 5,700 cc
Engine No.
V5C; MOT May 2020; 4 old MOTs; import docs
Estimate £39,000 - £45,000 

Carroll Shelby could spot a winner when he saw one and the Mustang had been in production for less than a year when the man behind the AC Cobra put some extra pep into Ford’s sales-topping pony car and brought out the Shelby GT350
This 1968 Mustang had been brought up to Shelby GT350 specification with a 5.7 litre four-valve Cleveland V8 and C6 automatic gearbox capable of propelling the car from 0-60mph in 7 seconds and taking it (in a controlled environment) all the way up to 140mph.
The reconstruction work didn’t stop with the engine and box and this GT350 “tribute” has all the regular Shelby features: body panels, ‘ram-air’ fibreglass hood, 10-spoke Shelby wheels, Moto Lita Cobra slot steering wheel, Posi-traction differential, Shelby gauges, T-handle shifter, seatbelts, floor mats and a host of minor Shelby signature components. It even has the correct sequential tail-lights – which is pretty vorsprung durch technik for 1968 when you think about it.
BLZ 78 has loads of other upgrades, including the Holly 600 4-barrel carburettor, MSD electronic ignition and aluminium radiator. It also has a retro Mustang radio with MP3 memory stick connection, but to be honest, all the in-car entertainment you want is under the bonnet.
The vendor tells us that the car is a genuine rust-free Mustang in wonderful condition which he has owned for five years and says that it is reliable and fun to drive. The car is a recent UK import, is UK registered and has an MOT to May 2020. It certainly is a cracker in its Candy Apple red paintwork and the power-hood and the interior and engine bay are all similarly impressive – not concours but very, very clean.
This may not be a genuine Shelby but it looks like a Shelby, goes like a Shelby, and sounds like a Shelby. If you want the real thing you will have to look hard – they only made 404 convertibles in 1968 - and you also have to pay at least three times as much as the very reasonable quoted estimate.
Please note: the original Shelby GT350 steering wheel shown on the website will be supplied with the car.



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