This 1969 Shelby GT500 Fastback (VIN # 9F02R480748) has only 35,134 original miles. The car has never been restored and is a numbers-matching, original survivor.
It was sold new at Frontier Ford Sales, Inc. in Niagara Falls, New York to a physician and was a special-ordered unit. Underneath the functional vented hood is a tidy original engine bay that has never been detailed and is complete with the numbers-matching R-Code 428CJ power plant backed by the very desirable numbers matching 4-Speed Close Ratio Manual Transmission. This is linked up to the 3.50 Traction-Lok Axle.
Other factory options included Visibility Group, Sport Deck Rear Seat, Power Brakes, Power Steering, Tilt-Away Steering, Power Ventilation, Tinted Glass and AM-FM Radio. It still has the original Shelby-only collapsible spare in the trunk.
This is a classic Shelby with the overall look of a respected muscle machine proudly showing off the years of originality. One would be hard pressed to find one like it, let alone in this color combination. The exterior of the car looks wonderful, having never been restored and it's a great original survivor. It has the factory-original red paint, complemented by the Black Clarion Knit Interior. As an original unrestored survivor, the first impression is the unbelievable condition this vehicle is in for being 51-years-old.
The undercarriage is factory original with no signs of any rust or wreck history. BF Goodrich Radial T/A raised letter tires mounted on Shelby five-spoke chrome wheels drives this machine. It has extensive documentation including Owner's Manual, Order Form, Marti Report, Dealer Invoice, etc. This Shelby is a virtual time capsule, being the closest experience to owning a new Shelby GT500 back in 1969.
There are only a handful of these in all original condition in existence, making this one stand out in a sea of restored cars. This car in particular is the one to buy if you have been looking for a true original, well-maintained, never restored fully documented Shelby Mustang. The car is listed in the SAAC registry.
SAAC Registry Information:
9F02R480748. GT500. E70x15 tires. Bill of Lading dated dated 2/1/69 from E & L Transport Co for shipment of 8 Shelbys to A.O. Smith (Ionia, MI). Shipped to Frontier Motor Sales, Inc. (Niagara Falls, NY) 2/14/69. MSRP $5231.55/ dealer cost $4402.21 later $4954.20. Straight bill of Lading dated 2/14/69 from A.O. Smith to deliver 6 Shelbys to Wixom, MI for routing to E & L Transport. Warranty service 5/22/69 for wheel recall campaign U-01 with 07 miles. Original owner Dr H.E. Joyce, (NY). Purchased by unknown owner in Buffalo, NY (99); Paul Fix, (Bullalo, NY) “99; Martin Bealuliew (Concord, MA) in 1999. For sale on internet eBay Oct of 2002 with 37,000 miles located in Beverly Hills, CA. Previous owner Billy Ray Hunter (Phoenix, AZ) in 2003; Terry Kohn (IL) 2002; Left to his son Matthew Kohn (Tucson, AZ) 2014.
About the GT500:
The GT500 was the top of the line Grand Touring muscle car of the day with very distinctive styling from the standard Mustang stable. A 1969 Shelby advertisement had the heading of 'Fire and Refinement' and suggested 'the Shelby, a very special kind of car...GT350 or the GT500...designed for rapid transit in the utmost comfort and luxury'. The '69 and '70 Shelby Mustangs were built entirely at the Ford Plants. The Ford marketing team wanted to achieve more brand recognition through these extremely popular Shelby machines along with their own special high-performance Boss and Mach 1 Mustangs.
These next generation Shelby Mustang GTs were either the 351 cu in equipped GT350 or the GT500 with Ford's mega 428 block. The 428CJ performance was a very respectable quarter mile in 14 seconds at 102 mph. The 1969 model year received an extensive face lift with the body increasing in length by 4 inches. Up front, the dual headlights now sat within the full width/deep recessed Black Grill with the Snake in the right corner.
The distinctive hood had the air duct system for cooling the engine with five 'NACA ducts' as they were known providing three inlets and two outlet vents. Out back, a contoured body spoiler that has a Black recessed full-width insert having the Shelby name in chrome letters. Below the Rear Spoiler is the distinctive styling of full width tail lights. Also the dual exhaust exited from a special cast unit that rose up the center of the rear roll pan. Overall this new exterior look was long and low with racy styling and looks.