Shelby American Announces the Return of the King with 50th Anniversary 1968 Shelby G.T.500KR
Las Vegas – January 12, 2018 – Executives with Shelby American, Inc., have announced that the company will offer a limited number of 50th Anniversary 1968 Shelby G.T.500KR “King of the Road” continuation muscle cars. The KRs will use 1960s era Mustang donor cars and include a Shelby serial number for documentation in the official Shelby registry. Powered by big block motors, the Shelby’s will be available in fastback and convertible body styles. The car will debut at the Scottsdale Barrett-Jackson Auction from Jan. 12-21, with an official introduction event on Jan. 20.
“Carroll Shelby was truly ‘the king of the road’ during the 1960s,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American. “His racing team dominated just about every form of motorsports and his cars ruled the road. As the 1968 Shelby G.T.500KR is often considered the ultimate symbol of that era, Shelby American will offer a handful of continuation KR’s to honor both the man and what many call the golden age of the American muscle car.”
Over the last several years, Shelby American has broadened its lineup, adding new vehicles in direct response to customer demand. With the introduction of the 1968 Shelby Continuation G.T.500KR, Shelby American is again taking a glance back, while making another historic step forward.
“Shelby American has the most diverse vehicle lineup of any automaker in the world,” said Shelby American president Gary Patterson. “An enthusiast can buy a modern muscle truck, off-road capable pickup or a sports car based on the current generation Ford Mustang. We also offer three versions of the historic Cobra, a GT40 continuation and a genuine Shelby Cobra Daytona fastback. Now you can purchase a ‘new’ 1968 Shelby G.T.500KR through Shelby American. All these vehicles offer a thrilling driving experience, each in their own unique way.”
Shelby American president Gary Patterson will conduct a media and enthusiast introduction of the 1968 Shelby Continuation G.T.500KR on Saturday, January 20 in the Shelby American booth at the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction at 1:00 p.m. It is the same location where the company introduced commemorative edition Shelby Cobras in 2012 and 2015. Those cars were instant collectibles, selling out in record time.
Shelby’s “King of the Road” G.T.500KR represented the apogee of horsepower and torque in a Ford platform as the muscle car era began to close. The “King of the Road” connected a cast iron version of Ford’s FE big block 428 c.i.d. engine with the choice of a manual or automatic transmission. The Shelby also featured high performance brakes and suspension, as well as a host of special styling touches inside and out.
The 1968 Shelby Continuation G.T.500KR, available in both fastback and convertible body styles, will pack even more big-block punch. It will be sold with a 427cubic inch engine from Carroll Shelby Engine Co. in either aluminum or cast iron. The Shelby can be equipped with either a manual or automatic transmission.
Drivetrains will be installed in 1968 Mustang donor cars, with factory VINs intact. Shelby spec suspensions and brakes will be included. Any standard Shelby colors from 1968 can be chosen as the cars will be built to order. Like the 50th anniversary edition Shelby Cobras, anniversary badges will be added to the cars.
The handful of commemorative KRs, limited to 10 fastbacks and 10 convertibles, will be sold through Shelby American. Each will be documented in the Shelby Registry. The cars will start at US$249,995.
“The 1968 Shelby G.T.500KR was aggressive and visceral,” said Patterson. “For those who can remember it when the KR was introduced, or younger enthusiasts hoping to create their own memories, this new King of the Road represents a rare second chance to own a very special muscle car built just for them. This car represents a celebration of our roots, along with a validation of our future. There’s never been a better time to be a Shelby fan.”
Additional information about the 50th Anniversary 1968 Shelby G.T.500KR can be found at www.shelby.com or by calling (702) 942-7325.
About Shelby American, Inc.
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. (CSBI-PK), manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA, 289 street car and Daytona coupe component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GTE, 1000, Super Snake, Shelby Terlingua Racing Team and GTS post-title packages for the 2005-2018 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also offers the Shelby Raptor, Shelby F-150 Super Snake and Shelby F-150 trucks. For more information, visit www.Shelby.com.