1969 Shelby GT500
As of late, one of the most prolific trends in the muscle car collecting hobby is an increased interest in the rarely produced Cobra Jet Mustang convertibles from 1969 to 1970. With awareness growing significantly, these cars have recently been featured in a vast amount of automotive collecting media and have been coming to auction with heightened fanfare and selling prices.
Given the recent surge of interest in Cobra Jet convertibles, one would assume it prudent for the shrewd collector to turn his attention to the ultimate form of a Cobra Jet convertible. That would be, of course, a Shelby GT500 convertible from 1969 to 1970.
The example offered here today has a fascinated history which is only augmented by the car’s original specification! This particular example, 9F03R483224, was originally spec’d out in the extremely unique color of “Grabber Yellow” with a black interior and black top. All told, a meager 5 GT500 convertibles would be ordered in 1969 painted in this special Grabber Yellow livery. Further, this example was highly optioned with factory air conditioning, automatic transmission, power top, power steering, power brakes, tilt steering wheel, AM-8 track stereo, tinted glass-complete, and competition suspension!
Looking over the original specification of this car, one would likely assume that the car was ordered with the concept in mind of having as “loaded” a GT500 as possible from the factory given the air, automatic, AM-8 track, tilt, and special color. Most intriguing about this particular example, however, is that this GT500 was not retailed through the traditional channel of authorized Shelby Automotive dealerships. As seen on the Marti report, this GT500 convertible was originally optioned and ordered by the Shelby Marketing Office. One can only image for what purpose the car was ordered, however, it would be reasonable to assume that the car was likely used as a company pool car, lease car, or even a show car. In any of those capacities, the car would have needed to be a highly equipped example and, thus, that is how this one was ordered!
Today this fine example has been recently updated to modern concours standards. The car is finished to a remarkably high level and is ready to be shown in the highest level of Mustang/Shelby concours events or is ready to be driven to the next owner’s content on the open road. Truth be told, it is difficult to image a more well rounded specification of Shelby to serve as a road car given the big block power, open top, and air conditioned combination which this car offers. Add to that a striking, rare, and distinctive color and you end up with a car which is worthy of serving as an enthusiast’s one and only pride and joy as well as being more than fitting for any of the world’s finest collections of muscle cars.
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