1968 Shelby GT500: Survivor Snake

1968 Shelby GT500

Everytime I hear the Roger Miller song King of the Road, I instantly think of the mighty Shelby GT500. If any car can be called the King it has to be the GT500. Even Shelby considered the car to be the King and honored it by introducing the special KR (King of the Road) edition. This example isn’t a KR, but it is an original survivor with just 45k miles on the clock. The seller claims it runs and drives nicely. I wouldn’t mind taking the throne that is the GT500’s driver’s seat. Would you dominate the road with this Shelby? If so, you can find it here on eBay in Ridgecrest, California.

1968 Shelby GT500 Engine

So often with cars like this, the seller claims it is a survivor, when infact it has seen a respray or two and a completely rebuilt engine and interior. Looking at this GT500, I see a few questionable spots, but I don’t see any of the usual signs of a respray or older restoration, although I would be sure to inspect it carefully just to make sure. Given the demand of these with high end collectors, it is rare to find one that hasn’t received a detailed restoration. It is refreshing to find an untouched example! If this were the lighter GT350 I would want to find one with a manual, but the GT500 was built for acceleration and straightline speed over long distances, which makes the automatic a perfectly reasonable option.

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Comments

  1. Charles

    Nice Find! This will make someone a prize. Someone with deep pockets…

    In 1974 I lucked up on a 1970 GT 350 with factory air, AT, PB, PB in powder blue. A friend from high school recieved it from his folks as a graduation present, and he had enlisted in the Air Force. With his parents blessing he sold the car to me for a bargan price.

    A year or so later, I got the chance to buy a 69 Shelby factory drag pack car, so I bought that one also. I paid close to market value for that car since it was a rare model with low miles. I detailed both cars until they were flawless, and enjoyed them for a few years.

    By the end of the 70’s the cars were already starting to interest collectors, and the values started to rise. Even though the 69 and 70 models were never as valuable as the 65-68 models they were gaining some interest. When the cars reached a level where they were worth more then the house we owned, we decided to sell both of them. It worked out pretty nice, as I had enough cash to pay off our home and to purchase a brand new 79 Trans AM with a 400 and four speed. Every since than we have collected Trans AM’s, which was sort of fitting since our family always drove Pontiacs. Shelby’s are fun, however these days there are not very many working class people who can afford to own one.

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    • Fhuket

      Charles,
      You are the first person I’ve ever heard of that collects Trans Am’s.
      I think you may be onto something good for the future.
      Cheers

      • pontiactivist

        I know several trans am collectors. Some second gens are bringing some decent money. You would be surprized at what some of those disco machines bring.

  2. Ian Chorne

    Wow, This is easily my favorite classic car If I had the money I’d buy it in a heartbeat. It’s even the right color too, but I’m not sure about the automatic transmission, I’d rather have the stick shift, a trait of classic muscle cars.

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  3. MikeW

    the car is in OK, but listed in CA. something fishy. and who knows what the reserve is..

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