Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible

The 1969 restyle increased body length by 3.8 inches (97 mm) (with the wheelbase remaining at 108 inches) and width by almost half an inch. This was the first model to use quad headlamps placed inside and outside the grille opening. The corralled grille pony was replaced with the pony and tribars logo, set off-center to the drivers side.

It featured a 302 cu in (4.9 L) V8 engine with 220 hp (164 kW). The 351cid V-8 was introduced in 1969, and was available with 250 or 290 hp. For those wanting more power, the 335-hp 428cid Cobra Jet V-8 big block was available with or without Ram-Air.

Car longer than previous models and sported convex rather than concave side panels. The new Mach 1, with a variety of new powerplants, added many car styling and performance features. It used dual exhausts and steel wheels with bold-lettered Goodyear Polyglas tires. Reflective striping was placed along the body sides, with a pop-off gas cap, matte-black hood with simulated air scoop and NASCAR-style cable and pin tiedowns. A functional "shaker" hood scoop which visibly vibrated by being attached directly to the air cleaner through a hole in the hood was available, as were a tail-mounted wing and chin spoilers and rear window louvered blackout shade. The Boss 302 Mustang was created to meet Trans Am rules and the Boss 429 was created to homologate that engine for NASCAR use, it featured distinctive hockey-stick stripes. Also for the first time Grande appeared - it was deluxe trim available for hardtop only. Fastback body version was renamed Sportsroof.

In 1969 Ford introduced (it was conceived by Ford) new Shelby Mustang, it was drastically different looking than serial Mustang. There were two models; GT-350 and GT-500, offered as sportsroof and convertible. All 1969–1970 Shelby Mustangs were produced in 1969 as sales were falling down and 789 remaining 1969 cars were titled as 1970 models. They had modified front air dam and a blackout point treatment around the hood scoops.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2010 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida and in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

Sources: RM Auctions; Wikipedia, 2011
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel and Photogal Enterprises

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