Barrett-Jackson countdown: ’68 Shelby GT500 convertible

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This 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible will be up for sale at Barrett-Jackson's Northeast auction June 20-23 in Uncasville, Connecticut. | Barrett-Jackson photo
This 1968 Shelby GT500 convertible will be up for sale at Barrett-Jackson's Northeast auction June 20-23 in Uncasville, Connecticut. | Barrett-Jackson photo

Get ready to feel the wind whipping through your hair with a special-order 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR convertible, aka lot No. 688.

It was one of only 20 Shelby convertibles painted WT6066 yellow and just one of seven that was equipped with air conditioning.

The car was used as a daily driver until 1978, when it began passing from collector to collector. In the late 1990s, the car was restored and, a few years after that, it was given a refresh by a professional shop.

All of the fiberglass was sourced from Ford and all trim and ornamentation is either original or New Old Replacement Stock. The correct interior includes a Cobra-branded shifter, console and rim-blow tilt steering wheel.

It also has a date-correct 428ci Cobra Jet engine paired with a C6 automatic transmission.

The rebuilt factory chassis has a 9-inch axle with 3.00 gears. The car has factory power steering, power front disk and rear drum brakes and 10-spoke Shelby alloy wheels with Goodyear bias-ply tires.

Included in the sale will be restoration photos, a Marti Auto Works Elite report and a letter of authentication from Jim Wicks, the Shelby American Automobile Club’s regional director and event chairman.

Barrett-Jackson’s annual Northeast auction is scheduled for June 20-23 at the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.

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