1968 shelby mustang




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    1968 shelby mustang

    1968 shelby mustang

    The GT was updated for the model year. Eibach provided stiffer coil-over springs as well as a sway bar kit to improve handling. Functional rear brake-cooling scoops adorned the rear quarter panels. Archived from the original on September 29, What made a GT so special?.

    1968 shelby mustang

    1968 shelby mustang

    1968 shelby mustang

    1968 shelby mustang

    1968 shelby mustang

    The Shelby Mustang | HowStuffWorks

    The Shelby Mustangs got a heavier facelift than the regular-production Ford Mustang. The hood sprouted louvers and a full-width scoop placed nearer the panel's leading edge to improve airflow to the carburetors. Below was a wider grille with square foglamps not driving lamps sitting outboard. Taillamps adopted the sequential-turn-signal feature from the and Mercury Cougar.

    Carroll had built a few '66 convertibles as gifts for friends, but now offered ragtops as regular models -- a GT and GT with a built-in roll-over hoop that enhanced safety but looked a bit awkward with the top down. To meet emissions limits, the GT switched to the new V Despite a deep-breathing four-barrel Holley carb and hydraulic lifters, rated power was down to To compensate, Shelby revived his Paxton supercharger option from ' It added about horses but again found few takers. That's because Shelby buyers still much preferred big-block power.

    1968 shelby mustang

    Early GTs retained the , albeit re-rated to horsepower. However, some later cars got ordinary s when a plant strike created a spot shortage of s. Oddly for straight-talking Shel, customers weren't told of the substitution, though it was very hard to spot. And mid-model year brought redress in a replacement Shelby GTKR "King of the Road," a title likely taken from a hit tune of the time. Also offered in fastback and convertible form, the KR packed the Cobra Jet engine, muscled up with big-port heads and larger intake manifold and exhaust system.

    Horsepower was advertised but was probably closer to actual, as torque was a thumping lb-ft at just rpm. Shelby also tossed in wider rear brakes and special exterior trim. Transmissions and rear-end ratios carried over from the GT, but the KR was quicker, generally matching the peformance of CJ-equipped non-Shelby Mustangs.

    1968 shelby mustang

    Though inflation was pushing up prices on most cars, the Shelbys didn't go up much for ' Partly as a result, Shelby volume rose for the fourth straight model year, hitting units.

    But it would go no higher. Increasingly potent regular Mustangs were fast eroding the performance aura of Carroll's pony cars. And Ford was now calling all the shots, fast morphing the Shelbys from no-nonsense racers into fast but cushy cruisers. In a telling development, Ford shifted '68 Shelby production from California to Livonia, Michigan not far from Dearborn , where contractor A.

    Smith Company carried out the conversions. From now on, Ford alone would handle Shelby-Mustang promotion and development. Times were indeed a-changin' for both Mustang and Ford Motor Company. As if to hint at things to come, Ford showed a wild Mustang-based concept at auto shows. Dubbed Mach 1, this low, sleek, and muscular fastback took familiar styling cues to extremes. Its enlongated nose was very aggressive, with a slim-section grille thrust ahead of pointy front fenders and rectangular headlamps.

    1968 shelby mustang

    A louvered twin-scoop hood led back to a radically raked windshield matching a severe "chopped top" with much "faster" rear glass. Bodysides bore Mustang's signature character line, but fenders and wheel openings were prominently bulged to snug tightly around low-profile racing rubber on wide GTstyle five-spoke aluminum wheels.

    A "ducktail" spoiler loomed over wall-to-wall taillamps and twin center-mount exhaust outlets. Other racing-inspired touches included a large, bright quick-release fuel filler behind each door window the door glass was fixed and working rear-brake cooling scoops.

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