1968 Shelby GT500KR Fastback restoration

 

 

 

This is the restoration of a Belgian Shelby, yes this is one of the few (or the only one) KR fastback that was sold by Claude Dubois, the Belgian Shelby dealer.

The car was purchased by its current owner in 2002, it was finished in August 2007 ! Problems with fiberglass parts, repainting, even a broken engine delayed the restoration. But eventually after many hours of hard work (and lots of €) the car is ready. And beautiful it is.

Follow the process by checking the pictures out. The base of the car was already very good, virtually no rust; and mostly complete. Still many purchases on Ebay were necessary, since the owner wanted everything to be period correct. No corners were cut on this one.

When the car was ready, disaster struck: the engine broke ! A broken internal part made a big hole in the bottom engine block. The owner did find another date correct 428 Cobra Jet engine in the US and it was installed and carefully "driven in" .

The "finished" pictures were taken in Didam (NL) in September 2007; I can only say that the pictures cannot fully show this splendid KR..... and then there is the sound of the engine.....

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Of the 4451  1968 Shelbys:                       

1571    were GT500KR’s                                                           
1053    of those were Fastbacks.                                            
523  came with automatic transmission                               
96     were painted acapulco blue                                     
94     had lack knitted bucket seat interiours                                        
63     had a 3.50 tracion lock rear axle                                      
1       was shipped to Belgium

T    built at Metuchen
02   shelby fastback                                                     
R    428-4V  CJ engine GT 500 KR                                                   
116065th     mustang sheduled for production                                                
          4296 th    shelby sheduled for production

            63B  Shelby fastback
            D      Acapulco blue paint
            5AA  Black knitted décor bucket seats
            26 U Scheduled for built july 26 1968
            8D3057    Home office reserve ordening district under domestic special order number 3057
            H     3.50  traction lok axle ratio
            U     C-6 automatic transmission

Power disk brakes-power steering, shoulder harnass, fold down rear seat, radio AM push button, select-matic transmission, tilt-pop steering Wheel. 
GT equipment group, visibility group, interiour decor group, tachometer and trip odometer.

Delivered by Ets.  Claude  Dubois: Rue Vanderkindere  380, Ukkel, Brussel, Belgium

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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