LMC is very proud to offer for sale this prized original ‘69 Shelby GT350.
The next generation Shelby Mustang GTs for 1969 saw the GT350 equipped with a 351 cubic-inch V8 and the GT500 with Ford’s mega 428 block power plant. Upscale, professional and well off, the buyers Shelby and Ford targeted wanted performance at their disposal but also demanded their performance cars be comfortable and reliable daily drivers. The 1969 model year received an extensive face lift with the body increasing in length by 4 inches. The new exterior look for 1969 was long and low with racy styling having looks that seems to dare anything on the road to try and challenge it. These Shelby’s were known for racing car handling in the day with lots of power to the asphalt and the suspension and brakes to take a corner at speed and ride right through the curve. In 1969 there were only 670 GT350 Fastbacks that rolled off the assembly line compared to the 1157 GT500 Fastbacks. This makes the GT350 much rarer and in the opinion of many Shelby fans very desirable.
A 1969 Shelby advertisement had the heading of ‘Fire and Refinement’ and suggested ‘the Shelby, a very special kind of car…in either the GT350 or the GT500…a car designed for rapid transit in the utmost comfort and luxury’.
This Shelby was built at the Dearborn Assembly Line on December 18, 1968. This car is the 69th 1969 Shelby GT350 that came off the production line. Originally shipped/delivered to Bob Rice Ford, Boise ID and eventually to the original owner Larry Cloyd of Boise as of August 13, 1969.
Turn the chrome button hood locks and lift the 5-port hood and underneath is a tidy original engine bay in fine detail with the famous M-Code 351 Ram Air power plant that defined this model year of Shelby Mustangs. This 290HP Shelby has the desirable 4-Speed Close Ratio Manual Transmission sporting the wood knob shifter mounted in the console. This is linked up to the 3.25 Traction-Lok Axle. Goodyear Polyglas raised letter tires mounted on the good looking Shelby five spoke chrome wheels drives this machine. Power exits through two rectangular ports located in the center under the license plate out the back. Power front disc, rear drum brakes and power steering were mandatory options. This Shelby creates a fantastic drive and experience that only a solid fitting and very low mile original car can provide.
The exterior of the car looks great in consideration of its age and performs even better. Finished in the beautiful original factory Pastel Gray the paint is still in excellent condition. This Pastel Gray Shelby is 1 of 129 with this Paint Code D5. The body is straight and true. As an original unrestored survivor the first impression leaves the viewer thoroughly impressed. This amazing Shelby GT500 still with the factory Pastel Gray and the GT350 Blue Stripes along the middle of the side belt line is stunning. The GT350 lettering is in the multi-blue stripe just before the front fender scoop. Up front, the dual headlights sit within the full width/deep recessed black grill of the Shelby with the Snake in the right corner. The chrome bumpers sparkle. The doors close with solidity and the overall impression is that of the famous Ford Quality. There are dual body tone racing mirrors with the Driver Remote Mirror. The Shelby Snake is mounted on the side roof panel just behind the rear quarter window and just above the large side Scoop. Out back is 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 full width tail lights with the backup lights under the bumper in the rear panel. The undercarriage is factory original down to the grease pencil markings and displays the original age of this low miler extremely well. This is a classic Shelby with the overall look of a respected muscle machine proudly showing off the years of originality.
The original interior of Black Clarion Knit/Corinthian Vinyl, Code 3A, has excellent seat surfaces and overall great unrestored condition ready to be fully enjoyed by the next Shelby enthusiast. In fact the entire interior is in the condition ready to show. The driver slips into a comfortable Hi-Back Bucket Seat with the bright Red band at the top of the pleats. The same Red is used in the sewn in Rubber Floor Mats. The driver is ready to grip the Tilt/Swing Steering Wheel with the left hand while grabbing for the old style wood knob shifter of the 4-speed in the console. The bucket seats are in very good condition and the wood steering wheel is in surprisingly good condition. The padded dash top is in remarkable shape for the years while the chrome on the dash shows little age. There are roll bar mounted inertia reel shoulder harnesses and fold down rear seats within an interior compartment that displays very well the unrestored nature of this beast. Other conveniences of the day include an AM Radio, Tach, Tinted Glass – Complete, Clock, Driver-Remote Chrome Mirror as well as an Oil/Amp gauges mounted under the dash in front of the shifter.
The original Shelby Automotive Co. Inc. Warranty Card and the Protect-o-Plate Warranty Card from Ford issued to the original owner Mr. Cloyd as well as his Bill of Sale for this $5,000.97 priced Shelby, Owner’s Manual and the Window MSRP sheet will be passed along. The original Bill of Sale, as does the original Shelby Build Sheet and Shelby Invoice sheets, confirm the Pastel Gray paint, 4-Speed, Traction Lock Axle, Sport Deck Rear Seat, Tilt/Swing Steering Wheel, Radio and Tinted Glass. There are Shelby Concours Judging Sheets confirming the wonderful original state of this Shelby. As well there are the original tires and rims for this car. All collectors and car enthusiast realize that a car can only be original once. This Shelby is a virtual time capsule ready for show presentation.
The advertisement from 1969 that had Carroll Shelby leaning against a Shelby stated ’Sitting still, it looks Invincible’. This original condition and numbers matching Shelby has been invincible to the passing of time. This vehicle is an incredible time capsule and arguably the best original GT350 in existence.