• Year of manufacture 
    1968
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    849
  • Reference number 
    281
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other

Description

Chassis No. 8T03J192413-02096

According to the SAAC Shelby Registry, this Candy Apple Red GT350 convertible, equipped with the four-speed manual transmission and AM radio, was originally sold August 2, 1968, by Forest for Fords of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to Eldon E. Beachly. Mr. Beachly appears to have been a singularly fastidious owner, returning the car multiple times to have small issues sorted. Subsequent owners listed in the Registry were Terry Jernigan, Paul McCain, Ralph Tacker, Roger Henderson, Craig Barber, Chris Kelly, and finally, for several years, Ronald DeBono of Livonia, Michigan.

The car now shows 27,368 actual miles at the time of cataloging, and remains in utterly pristine original condition, including shiny factory paint, the interior, and even the top, carpets, and chrome trim. Original finishes and hardware are visible throughout the engine compartment and on the chassis, including the original "OK" marks on the firewall passenger front fender, and the factory trim tag is still on the left front inner fender well. The dashboard retains its original chrome trim and, somewhat remarkably, even its original, uncompromised foam pad, as well as the original woodgraining on the steering, console, and shift knob, all uncracked and in fine shape. Koni shock absorbers have been fitted, a common and accepted early modification. Even the windshield and hinged glass rear window are the original pieces, as is all of the front fiberglass trim, Lucas fog lights, and dual side-view mirrors.

While period-correct tires have been fitted, the car retains its original spare tire, as well as a perfect original trunk mat, jack, lug wrench, and top boot and bag. The gas tank was replaced, as were the mufflers, although the exhaust pipes themselves remain original. The brakes were rebuilt for safety and the water pump replaced, but the original calipers, wheel cylinders, and water pump all accompany the car, along with an owner's manual.

This must be among the very finest, best-preserved survivors of its kind – a perfect template for anyone restoring a less fortunate example.