Click here to view high resolution photosOne of approximately 267 4-speed manual cars, 517 total convertible examples made in 1968 Documented in the Shelby American World Registry Fully restored in original specification - Wimbledon white over black interior King of the Road-specific 428 cubic inch (7.0-liter) V8 Cobra Jet engine with 400 horsepower Power steering, Power front disc brakes, 3.50 Detroit Locker differential, tilt steering wheel With original build sheet, MartiAutoWorks Report, original VIN tag and temp. warranty card Quickly becoming a household name in racing with the success of the Ford GT40 program and Shelby Cobras, Shelby American was the company that all hot rod and performance drivers wanted to be associated with. With a successful run of Cobras, GT350s and GT500s, Carroll Shelby saw his business grow exponentially to where his famous Los Angeles airport hangers were bursting at the seams from business. With 1968 looking like another growing year, it was time to move. 1968 not only saw the growing of Shelby American, but also the birth of Shelbys most powerful Mustang-based car yet: the Shelby GT500KR, or King of the Road. For 1968 Shelby not only wanted to introduce a car that would threaten other car manufacturers and their sports car models, but also appeal to more people in America. This was the first year that all Shelby cars were built in New Jersey. Ford was working on a new engine called the Cobra Jet, which was developed in order to go up against Chevrolet Chevelles in drag racing. While Ford rated the engine at a modest 335hp to try and fool the NHRA officials, it actually produced closer to 400hp. With over 450lb-ft of torque, it was perfect for the range-topping Shelby GT500KR. Convertibles were introduced to the GT500 line in 1968, coinciding with the King of the Road perfectly. King of the Road convertibles were only a small part of total Shelby production in 1968. While there was a total of 4,451 Shelby examples built that year, only 518 were GT500KR convertibles. Even rarer was the factory 4-speed manual transmission inside of these roofless models. With an integrated roll hoop, a special interior, mountain-moving power and torque, and a host of mechanical upgrades that included power brakes, beefier suspension, and quad-tip exhaust, the GT500KR was and felt like a range-topping model. With its long sloping hood hiding the 428 cubic inch V8 underneath hand-laid fiberglass, it became a contender and dominator at any stoplight or backroad. In 2001 an Elite Report by Marti Auto Works (Kevin Marti) created a report based on Ford Motor Companys records for the Shelby GT500KR. It confirmed that it was indeed was an original Shelby, along with its complete list of options, unique dates for when it was ordered and built, along with a breakdown of the uniqueness of its specific specification. For example, in 1968 this car was only one of 182 painted in Wimbledon White, and only one of 267 with the 428ci V8 engine and 4-speed transmission combination. This 1968 Shelby GT500KR was shipped to Frontier Motor Sales in Niagara Falls, New York, with its invoice dated July 23rd, 1968 per the Shelby American World Registry. It was first purchased by Jean Fitzpatrick, whose son tried to convince her that she desperately needed a Shelby Cobra 427 as her new car. On the day she was set to test the Cobra it was raining and she decided that it was too impractical. However, this GT500KR was also available and was sitting on the showroom floor. It was equipped with a black interior, the GT500 428-4V V8 engine, 4-speed manual transmission, a 3.50 Detroit Locker rear differential, black power convertible top with glass backlite, GT equipment group, visibility group, power steering, power front disc brakes, Tilt-away steering column, AM radio, and the interior d
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