This one-of-a-kind Mustang has, arguably, one of the fascinating histories of any automotive ever constructed. As just lately as 2017, new data got here to gentle that exposed its backstory in addition to the way it match into the breakup of Ford Motor Firm and Shelby American. Motor Development has a prolonged article discussing the present homeowners and the way their observations led to them digging up a ton of authentic documentation surrounding this convertible, the one one in existence.
When it was bought in 1977, it was believed to be a 1968 Shelby GT Convertible, however the purchaser famous a number of inconsistencies that led him to consider it may be a ’67. One other proprietor was in a position to entry Shelby American Auto Membership archives, the place they discovered it was truly the one 1967 Shelby convertible ever made. Later analysis revealed that it was speculated to be a part of a run labeled 1967 1/2 yr of Shelby convertibles that in the end did not materialize, in keeping with Motor Development.
A part of the rationale was rumored to be that the “buck,” or pre-production mannequin, that Ford supplied Shelby was broken, so Shelby’s customized elements did not match the Mustangs acquired later. As a result of that put Shelby American behind on manufacturing, Ford took over and canceled the road, though that authentic convertible was produced on the San Jose plant’s manufacturing line earlier than heading to Shelby. It was later refitted with 1968 elements for images, offered, stolen, and ultimately ended up in an Illinois automotive museum, the place it was first displayed in 2004, in keeping with Mecum.