There were Mustangs, and then there were Mustangs. Ford wanted
its new little Pony Car to appeal to the masses, and in executing that
plan, the Mustang could be had in anything from a plain-Jane version
with an economical 6-cylinder engine (often referred to as a
"secretary's car"), all the way up to the sporty GT models with optional
271-hp V-8s. Unfortunately, although road-going Mustangs were
considered sporty, they were not officially sports cars, at least
according to the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). And Lee Iacocca knew
that on-track performance led to showroom performance, so he needed to
go racing. Enter Carroll Shelby. Shelby worked with the SCCA to modify
the Mustang to meet the SCCA's requirements and enter the racing arena.
The result was the now-legendary Shelby Mustang.
This volume of
CarTech's Muscle Cars In Detail series covers the 1968 Shelby GT350,
GT500, and GT500 KR. In 1968, Ford sought to take over much of the
process of producing Shelby Mustangs and increased that production
dramatically to meet anticipated sales demand, so it was a bit of a
transition year. In an effort to appeal to muscle car fans rather than
race fans, the cars were losing their edgy race car feel and were
becoming more high-end performance road cars with a long list of
performance and comfort options including 428 Cobra Jet engines,
automatic transmissions, and air conditioning. They may have no longer
been sports cars, but they were now fantastic muscle cars.
volume in the In Detail Series provides an introduction and historical
overview, an explanation of the design and concepts involved in creating
the car, a look at marketing and promotion, and an in-depth study of
all hardware and available options, as well as an examination of where
the car is on the market today. Also included are paint and option
codes, VIN and build tag decoders, as well as production numbers.
Size: 8.25 X 9 (inches)
Illustrations: 130 color photos