World’s Rarest Muscle Car to Display at the 2012 Concours d’Elegance of America

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The world’s rarest muscle car, the only 1967 Shelby GT Convertible ever built, will be part of this year’s spectacular invitation-only show field at the 34th annual Concours d’Elegance of America held Sunday, July 29, 2012 at The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth, MI.

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This big block Shelby convertible was born on Ford’s San Jose, CA, production line with an original trim package that included Candyapple Red paint, white power top, black deluxe interior, 428cid “Police Interceptor” engine, automatic transmission, air conditioning and emissions system. The historical significance of 67413C9A00139 includes being:

  •     The only big block GT convertible built by Shelby American, Inc. (Los Angeles).
  •     The only dual-quad carbureted Shelby GT (or Ford Mustang) convertible ever built.
  •     The recipient of the first C-6 automatic transmission built by Ford (SN: 000001).
  •     Documented as a Shelby American company car assigned to Carroll Shelby.
  •     The most expensive GT 500 company car in Shelby American's inventory (FY-1967).
  •     The single-most photographed and publicized Shelby GT ever built.

Samantha and Brian Styles, the caretakers of this priceless piece of Americana, are extremely pleased to have completed the car’s restoration in time for the 50th anniversary of Shelby American and the iconic Shelby Cobra. “Having the 1967 GT 500 Convertible invited to the Concours d'Elegance of America is one of the highest honors to be bestowed on this or any show car,” said Styles.

“Our goal remains to share this special one-off Shelby at prestigious shows worldwide, and that meant restoring it correctly,” added Styles. “The fact that the convertible has been awarded Concours Gold three times in the last three judged events is a testament to the expertise of R&A Motorsports and the ‘dream team’ of Shelby experts that collaborated on every aspect of the car’s multi-year research and restoration project.”

About the 1967 Shelby GT 500 Convertible

On August 15th, 1966, Shelby American placed an order for three 428cid-equipped 1967 Mustangs: a fastback, a coupe, and this convertible. These special-ordered cars would become the first production line big-block Shelby GT 500’s serialized and built.
Upon arriving at Shelby American’s Los Angeles facility in November 1966, the convertible was designated a “company car” and promptly assigned to Carroll Shelby. Over the next four months, Carroll’s “personal driver” was often loaned to his friends, employees, celebrities, and visiting executives from the Ford Motor Company.

In April 1967, the lone GT 500 Convertible was transformed into a ’68 styling prototype. Updated fiberglass body parts were fitted to the car so that it could be extensively photographed for print ads, brochures, and dealer literature to promote the upcoming 1968 Shelby Cobra GT 350 and GT 500 models. Once the public relations work was complete, Shelby American turned the convertible over to Dearborn where it is believed to have been sold from Ford’s corporate “B-Lot.” This would explain why the car remained in the Great Lakes area until it was discovered in a suburb of Chicago, circa 1977.

Additional history, documents, interviews, vintage ads and photos of the 1967 Shelby GT 500 Convertible can be viewed by visiting http://www.1967shelbyconvertible.com.

About the Concours d'Elegance of America

The Concours d’Elegance of America has been recognized through its longevity as the pre-eminent American-centric car show in the country. By featuring the heritage and history of Detroit, the show highlights the important role of styling, engineering, custom manufacturing, volume manufacturing, celebrities and technology on the evolution of the automobile. Known for the wide breadth of its exhibited vehicles, the show field at St. John's showcases cars from all eras; and because of the interconnectivity with the rest of the world, cars from all countries coalesce around incredible design and manufacturing ideas to create an amazing car show experience.

Last year, after 32 years of celebrating Detroit’s "love affair" with the automobile at Meadow Brook Hall on the campus of Oakland University, the Concours d'Elegance of America relocated to The Inn at St John’s in Plymouth, Michigan. The Inn at St John’s offers 197 acres of handsome grounds for showcasing the “by invitation only” world-class automobiles traditionally found at the Concours.

The Concours d’Elegance of America takes place this Sunday, July 29, 2012. Gates open at 10:00 a.m. and the show ends at 4:00 p.m. For event and ticket information, including last-minute updates, visit http://www.concoursusa.org.

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