Decoded: 9=1969; F=Dearborn, MI assembly; 02=Fastback coupe; M=351 cid Windsor V8; 48=Shelby GT; 2675-2,675th unit sequence.
Engine: 351 cid OHV "Windsor" V8
Autolite 4-barrel carburetor/290 bhp
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Power Assisted Front Disc and Rear Hydraulic Brakes
Odometer: 27,950 miles
Certified Authenticity Through Deluxe Marti Report
Stunning Grabber Blue and White Scheme
Appointed for Speed and Luxury
The Model -New for the Shelby line in 1969 was the 351-cubic inch "Windsor" V8, derived from the power-proven small block family. Ford handled much of the redesign of the new Mustang, transforming it into a Shelby, as Carroll Shelby was off on other ventures. Turning to A. O. Smith for the final outfitting of these cars, they epitomized the ideal of speed and style in one package, with a few even making their way to the world of motorsports. Considered a bit tamer than the GT500, the GT350's were still a force to be reckoned with. These cars seemed to epitomize the idea of a gentleman's sports car, but one that anyone could tame with a little patience. Up front, a new grille, hood and side ducts for cooling air, stretched the stock Mustang's length by almost four inches. These special performance vehicles were set apart from the basic Mustang, including some high impact colors that Ford and Shelby both marketed as "The Grabbers". It was a time of space exploration and unbridled horsepower, and the Shelby Mustangs are tangible evidence that proves it was a wonderful time to live.
The Car - It is very well-known that by the summer of 1969, Carroll Shelby had terminated his contracts with Ford. At the end of the 1969 model year, Ford recalled all unsold units and under observation of the FBI, those units were renumbered as 1970 models. As a result, production figures for 1969 and 1970 Shelby Mustangs are combined. According to factory records, a combined total of 935 GT350 coupes were produced. This example is finished in Grabber Blue and with black vinyl high-back bucket seats. This car is fitted just as Shelby would have probably ordered the car, proper Stewart-Warner gauges, four-speed transmission with Shelby shift knob and those hard to find alloy mag wheels unique to the Shelby Mustangs. Verifying this sought-after muscle car's heritage is a Deluxe Marti report which spells out exactly how many of this model were produced as well as the equipment installed at the factory. Given a cosmetic restoration several years ago this a very presentable example of a pony car on steroids. Beauty, speed and a legend all in one package would truly be the gift that keeps on giving.