2008 Ford-Shelby Mustang GT500KR 40th Anniversary Ed
Designer: Carroll Shelby
Estimate: $40,000 - $65,000 Without Reserve
Chassis Number: 1ZVHT88S18S189803
Shelby ID#: 08KR0169
Decoded: 1=USA; ZV=Ford; H=Front & Side Airbags + Seatbelts; T88=Shelby GT500 Coupe; 1=Check digit; 8=2008; 5=Flat Rock, MI assembly, 189803=89,803rd 2008 Mustang scheduled for production at Flat Rock.
Engine: 5.4L DOHC 32-V V8
6-Speed Manual Transmission
Brembo Four Wheel Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Odometer: 9,065 Miles
Low Miles, Lovingly Maintained
Original in Every Sense of the Word
Tribute to one of Shelby's Original Gotcha's
The Model - In the late summer of 1967, Carroll Shelby was putting the final touches on his "next" car. The GT500 had been released at the start of the 1967 model year and now that a higher horsepower version of the 428 was on the horizon, a new designation had to be developed. A little birdie landed on Shelby's shoulder and told him that Chevrolet was bringing out a new Corvette for 1968 and that they were looking to call it the "King of the Road". Shelby did a quick check and found that GM had not yet copyrighted the name, so calling up 3M, he had some decals fashioned overnight, slapped them on a car and called it the GT500KR. 40 years later he didn't need to do a quarterback sneak with the name, he just pumped up the output of his latest GT500 and celebrated one of his favorite things, making his new "next" car. Adding 40 more horses and 30 pound-feet of torque, the new "KR" can get up and scoot. Using a bit taller set of gears, 3.73 vs the GT500's 3.31, you can stand on this car all day and it won't break, it will just go fast.
The Car - Color was important to Shelby and this GT500KR is finished in Anniversary Silver with the big-bold blue stripes. This color scheme is even somewhat brought to the interior with silver/gray leather seats accented by the 6-speed shift knob finished in blue. Under the hood be sure to check out the SVT engine build tag that was signed by the actual mechanical artisans that hand-assembled this powerful 5.4 Liter V8 making sure it was perfect before leaving their workbench. This car is just as it left the factory with original wheels, Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, hoses, and belts all in perfect condition. Fire the engine up and listen to the low-restriction exhaust, close your eyes and suddenly it's 1968 all over again. Just 1,011 GT500KR's were produced, including the prototypes, with just 476 of them receiving this most attractive color scheme. Offered for one year only you are about a decade late to buy a new example, but this "KR" can fill that void in your car collecting life.