Here’s a true American classic – the Shelby Mustang GT500KR was built back in the day in just 1, 000 units, so this pristine barn find is one big treasure for the owner.
Back in 1968, immediately after the astonishing Le Mans success of the GT40, certain Ford engineers had the great idea of trying to mimic the beast’s power in a smaller package. So they took the already very powerful Shelby Mustang GT500 and pushed it even more – so was the GT500KR born – with the letters at the back being the short for “King of the Road”. Under the bonnet sat a new 428 Cobra Jet V8 engine thought to produce 335 horsepower (250 kilowatts) and 440 pound-feet (594 Newton-meter) of torque – with most enthusiasts now claiming it was clearly underrated. The die-cast aluminum valve covers also had “Cobra Le Mans” lettering, in a nod to Ford’s FE engine victory over Ferrari at Le Mans two years before.
The sports car was produced for a single year and just 1,000 examples were manufactured. One particular unit is now up for grabs on eBay and the tale speaks of a peaceful rest in a garage for a number of years. It only had three owners, and the odometer reads just 68,000 miles so it’s going to be one of the last original Shelby GT500KRs in existence. The exterior has the original red paint, complete with white striping, and five-spoke wheels. The eight-cylinder Cobra Jet engine is intact and in running condition, mated to an automatic. It even has all the matching numbers in place and a glovebox signed by Carroll Shelby himself.
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