When asked which Shelby Mustang was his favorite, Carroll Shelby, the creator of the Shelby Mustang lineup, told fans that he like the 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible best. Many of us remember when he sold his personal Candy Apple Red 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale many years back. The KR stood for “King of the Road”, the title of a hit record Shelby liked so much sung by Roger Miller.
This week, Show Your Auto.com is offering a Raven black over black 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible which is even more rare than the one owned by Carroll Shelby himself. You see, they only made 518 KR convertibles in 1968, and only about 33 of them were said to have been produced in Raven black. This is one of them, according to the seller. But beyond that, this particular Raven black 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible has won the Shelby Concours Gold Triple Crown. That includes Concours Gold status at three top venues:
•2012 Mustang Club of America, Providence, Rhode Island National Show, Concours Trailered Gold Award
•2012 Shelby American Automobile Club, Watkins Glen, New York, Concours Gold-Div 2
•2012 Team Shelby, Tulsa, Oklahoma, Heritage Gold Award – Concours Heritage Class
This kind of pedigree is rarely found among purebred Pony cars. In 2012, it underwent a full rotisserie restoration by Tim Lea, one of the most well regarded restorers within the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) community. Show Your Auto.com confirms that the 428 Cobra Jet big-block V8 engine, dated 8B5 (or February 5, 1968), and VIN stamped C-6 automatic transmission were completely rebuilt to original factory specifications.
Not just a trailer queen, they say this Raven black 1968 Shelby GT500KR Convertible gets driven often, so the seller assures that the performance is excellent. For a collector who is looking for one of the finest and rarest Shelby Mustangs on the face of the earth, this is one you should check out.