1968 Shelby GT-500KR Convertible 3854 Factory AC Ford Concourse Collector

  • Location: Addison, Texas, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Shelby
  • Model: GT-500KR
  • Type: Convertible
  • Trim: Convertible
  • Year: 1968
  • Mileage: 40,000
  • VIN: 3854
  • Color: Red
  • Engine size: 428 Cobra Jet
  • Number of cylinders: 428 Cobra Jet V8
  • Power options: Air Conditioning
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
  • Options: Convertible, 428 Cobra Jet Engine, C6 Automatic, Factory AC, Power Top, Factory Oil Cooling System, 9" 3.00 Rear Diff

1968 Shelby GT-500KR Convertible overview

1968 Shelby GT-500-KR Convertible

428 Cobra Jet - Factory Air

Matt Garrett - Dallas Texas - 214-878-3823

1968 Shelby GT500-KR

1968 Shelby GT500-KR Convertible, Shelby 3854 - FACTORY AC, 428 cu. in. Cobra-Jet V-8 engine, C6 auto, 3:00 9" Diff. Built June 26th, 1968 this Shelby is a substantial, rare and very documented car in many publications going back to the 80s as it sits today. Original miles, original body and most interior, Date code originality authentication on major components. This car received a comprehensive refinish done in 79 by its 2nd owner, Chuck Brown in CA documented not only in photos, but many publications of that era. This was never a left for dead or done for profit car. It was not a torn up neglected car or just a VIN used to cash in. This is not a "just restored car" It was, always was and still is a very nice example that has been loved and maintained as needed all of its life. From 1996 to 2007 it sat in a private collection here in Dallas, a friend/acquaintance and neighbor of Carrol. It became part of my collection it 2007. I showed it for many years locally and it has been featured on my web site since then. In 2016, I took off a lot of time to take the car up a level beyond its historic authentication and documentation trail it has carried all its life. From attending early SAAC events, to being cover of magazines in the 80s, even with that going for it, today's expectations are much higher than yesterdays.

With that said, the 40 year old paint was refinished again but now at a standard demanded by its ever increasing value. All body panels (fenders, doors, hood, trunk, bumpers, etc) were removed and refinished using several of the best craftsmen I have got to know in my near 4 decades in classic cars. The fenders/doors are still original to the car and were worked to perfection in the PDR method before any primer, paint etc. Filler was not an option here. All of the AO Smith Fiberglass parts were blocked to a standard that is now expected to see in a car of this value, or on the lawn at pebble beach. All of this work was micro managed by me, and ALL of the mechanical and detail work, assembly was done by me. All poor factory gaps and body lines were taken into consideration and improved to a standard that was never there originally. The code "T" Candy Apple red was again applied back to the car, but at a now concourse level with weeks and weeks of color sanding and refining put into it. No stone was left unturned, but again, original integrity was kept in mind as I did not want to take the car apart to that "frame off" level. or in these cars, the body alone.... I could have done it of course, but it did not need that!!!! It would be a lesser car if so but again, this car has always been nice! So again this is not a "rotisserie restoration" as you see down to the tub, but a very high quality refinish that reflects the work of pebble beach wining craftsmen in its paint, and a level of mechanical and cosmetic detail that reflects my work but left with a ton of originality in the hard to find places that are never really revealed or seen or even understood without a lot of time studying these cars under your belt.

Along with the now concourse level body refinish (which is way beyond original quality), the already very nice engine compartment was comprehensively detailed to exacting details using the guidance of people likePete Disher (Coralsnake)andJeff Sneath at SEMO. Small things that were not on the car since the late 60s like the air injection system, etc were put back on. Little details like all of the smaller components like AC compressor, alternator, PS pump, fan, clutch were refreshed and authenticated with date coded correct parts in their correct finish driven by date coded reproduction belts, etc. The car is not a 100 point car, I don't know if one really exists, (Pete's is prob the closest thing) but this is certainly a top mark contender and with the small intricacies I still piddle with, its just getting more refined. It expect it to stand up proud in competitive judging, and as an overall package, all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed as well as one could be. Its hard to pick apart these days.

I guess to sum this car up, I have tried to balance yesterdays forgotten true bad quality of original that was still reflected in a very well documented car with today's over expectations, all the while trying to keep originality and authentication in mind.

The outlined red wheels are as you see in the 80s publications and in SAAC photos from 78. I plan to refinish them to the norm, but I have left them that way as the documentation trail stays in tact. Its really kind of this cars single identifying personality.

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Below is Engine Sequence with Air Cleaner Off

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Sequential signals work very well!

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Lucas fogs with covers!, see behind grill detail and factory Big Block Shelby oil cooler

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This is a 68 headlamp, both are perfect.

1968 Shelby 3854 Components

GT500KR 8T03R210981-03854 Built June 26 1968 Metuchen NJ / AO Smith

Dealer Order 75A004 Bill Watkins Ford, Scottsdale AZ 86251

1st owner,Bill Wakins Ford!

2nd Owner, 76-96 - Chuck Brown, California

3rd Owner, John Wise - Dallas TX

Current - Matt Garrett - Dallas TX

Engine Block 428 CJ C8ME, Date 8E24

Cyl Heads 428 CJ C80Z-6049-K, Date 8D8/8D11

Intake C80E-9425-C, Date 8D17

Exhaust manifolds C80Z-9431-B C80Z-9430-B Date not known but original

Distributor C70F-F

Carb 09AF-9510-U Exact original but 1969 Ford Replacement common seen on these cars from the day for warranty

Big Block 7 blade Engine Fan C80E-B

Big Block Fan Clutch C8ZZ-A

Air Compressor - Re-Tagged brand new alloy York With Authentic C8ZX-2875A label

Smog Air Pump and Canister C80E / C80E-9B283

AC Clutch - Original C8AZ-2884-A

C6 Transmission C8AP-7006D Date 2-68

Ford 9" 3:00 Ratio Differential - Original

All hoses, belts and tubes are reproduction correct sourced from Semo Classics or Marti over the years

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As seen in 1989 magazine

Original Selling and Order Dealer History

Bill Watkins Ford in Scottsdale AZ in 1968

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