Streetside Classics - Nashville
6000 Reliance Dr
The 1969 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 was the last evolution, of the original snake-bitten Mustangs. But while all of these are worth mentioning in the book of Shelby history, this convertible deserves its own chapter. It's documented as the company car for Ray Geddes - the Ford executive who was often standing right alongside a Carroll Shelby and Lee Iacocca. So while rarity with a GT500 is a guarantee with these pony cars, this drop-top also has the kind of history that gets it to the front of the heard ever time.
Candyapple Red is always a color in demand, because the bright color is the perfect way to announce this serious sports car. But just because it's a favorite doesn't mean it's common. According to the included Marti Report, only 89 convertibles were finished in this paint code. This factory-correct color was refreshed later in life to retain a good shine that's nice for sunny days. And of course, these GT500s had a terrific sporty style. The unique front end's deep recess looks like it's ready to consume every lesser car out there. The full-length gold stripe package gives it the unmistakable appearance of a true American racer. The sequential taillights and center exhaust meant everyone you pass gets to see some swagger. Of course, this car was built to be cool - literally - with three NACA ducts on the hood, two more extractors, and inlets to rush air over every single wheel/brake. All the right badging is still in place with the coiled snake in the grille, 428 callouts on the fenders, and the unmistakable SHELBY in block letters out back. But the insignia you might love the most are the little cobras in the center cap of each of the cool cast aluminum wheels. It's all part of the details that tell you that Ray Geddes' Mustang has been kept as he special car it is.
The black convertible top goes nicely with the black accents of the exterior, and with the flip of a switch, it powers down to reveal a full black interior. It has a great sporty attitude with the premium high-back bucket seats in the knit pattern and a cool red racing stripe across the top. Shelby upgrades included that hallmark roll bar, and a center console with its own auxiliary gauges angled towards the driver. But these were also premium cars, too. After all, Geddes was an executive in charge of sports car programs at Ford (in other words, he was directly involved with this car's program.) So the car for the boss has to have an upper-echelon feel. That's why you have a three-spoke wood steering wheel with the Cobra logo, and more wood-like treatment across the full gauge panel. Plus, the level of care/preservation/restoration is apparent in the details, right down to the working clock. There are even nice period-correct features expertly integrated, like AM/FM radio and provisions for air conditioning (it will need servicing.)
For those who don't already know the history of Ray Geddes, he was present at Ford's win at LeMans. And so it would make sense he'd have a car with the top-dog motor. Ford's 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet engine was one of the most potent machines on the street. In fact, Ford was famously under-rating this big block at 335 horsepower, and it's one of the few cars that can approach the top end of its speedometer. The motor you're looking at was built nine days before this car was assembled. There has been a solid investment to give it an exceptionally fresh look where even the decals are correct. It really appears stock, right down to the Ram Air induction. So it's more evidence of the detailed restoration on this car (even the undercarriage is quite nice.) But more than just a looker, this drop-top is a true driver's machine. The V8 inhales deeply with a correct-style Holley four-barrel carburetor, and the growl of the exhaust tells the world this is something fierce. The C6 three-speed automatic is the heavy dusty unit built to be both stout and smooth. Plus, there's power steering, power brakes w/discs up front, and a Traction-Lok limited slip rear to give you proper control of this snake-bitten Mustang.
This is a significant classic, and so you not only get the Marti Report, but also the owner's manual, reproduction window sticker, and the Shelby Registry. You even get nice extras like a model car and car cover. This is the awesome driver that also has a story to tell. So if you want a true Shelby with true pedigree, call today!
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