Legendary Motorcar Company tells an interesting story about this 1968 Shelby GT500 Prototypewhich started life as a 1967 Shelby GT500 but became a test “mule” for the ’68 models. It seems that Carroll Shelby and Shelby American became aware of a problem with overheating on the ’67s when the Shelby GT500 was equipped with air conditioning and a 4-speed. So they used this car as a test Pony to solve the problem. They say there are pictures of this car out on the test track along with the Shelby Super Snake for ’67.
It should be noted that a car with this much provenance is a collector’s dream come true. Legendary Motorcar Companytells us that this is the car that solved the overheating problem for the 1968 models. The heat extracting “gills” on the air conditioned cars were developed. This particular car would also be the first 1967 Shelby to get what would become standard, oil cooler for big block 4-speed cars with air conditioning. In addition, Legendary Motorcar Company says this car was used as a template to design the new fiberglass nose pieces, engine hood, rear section and of course the drastically different interior.Click through to read the ad to see the long list of special equipment that was used in testing, all of which are still on the car.
This car has been SOLD.