1969 Shelby GT500 Muscle Car Of The Week Episode 364
Amidst the awesome display of Shebys at the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals, it can be hard to spot a standout. But this amazing Royal Maroon 1969 Shelby GT500 deserves far more attention than the low-key color suggests.
First off, until it recently entered The Brothers Collection, this was only a 3-owner car, and it’s wearing all it’s original sheet metal down to the floors. It was discovered in amazingly complete condition, with many typically discarded bits still intact, like the original emissions equipment. However, although it was a nice find, the car was treated to a show-quality restoration to bring it up to the far nicer than new condition you see here.
‘69 GT500s are definitely worthy cars of the love, too… and this one is rocking the original, VIN-stamped 428 Cobra Jet V8 that flips out over 335 HP and 440 ft. lbs of Polyglass melting torque. It’s hooked to the numbers-matching 4-speed, close-ratio gearbox that exits to the 9-inch Traction-Lok rear loaded with 3.55:1 gears. Power disc brakes bring the steed to a stop, and power steering helps the driver swing the sport suspension through the curves.
It’s a driver’s machine, with white, high-backed buckets up front and a rear seat that folds flat… because this ain’t a car for back seat drivers. The color combination is really sharp, and the dash is drizzled with the proper Shelby monikers on the horn and passenger side panel. A 2 gauge console pod sits at the head of the console and 4-speed shifter, but this car does not have slow-me-downs like air conditioning or power windows. We do like the red footwell carpeting, which was shared with 1969 Mach 1 Mustangs.
The history is nearly as important as the car, and this one boasts with it’s own personal library of cool documents and artifacts, ranging from the original Shelby special order card, the Shelby invoice, 2 build sheets, a Marti report, and even a copy of a hand-written listing of 1969 GT500 VINS and their shipping dates. This one is one of the first 100 built, by the way.
The unique look is thanks to a stack of Shelby-specific fiberglass body panels, including the front bumper, grille, headlights, elongated fenders, and the wild 5-NACA duct hood. The rear features special quarter extensions and deck spoiler, specific tail pan, and the cool T-bird style tail lights over a center exhaust. Quarter panel scoops and stripes enhance the profile.
Cars like these are the main reason to go visit the Muscle Car and Corvette Nationals show, where there are always cool representative rides from The Brothers Collection on hand. The fact that there’s a whole building full of them at the MCACN show should push any muscle-car fan’s needle deep into the red.
Thanks for checking it out, we’ll be back next time with something else cool from The Brothers Collection on Muscle Car Of The Week!
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