1968 Shelby GT500 KR Convertible
Lot 854 | Passion for the Drive: The Cars of Jim Taylor | Estimate: $175,000 - $225,000
Chassis No. 8T03R215971
During the second half of 1968, Shelby improved upon the GT500 with the new GT500 KR, or 'King of the Road,' featuring a modified and tuned 428 Police Interceptor V-8 with enlarged cylinder heads and a more efficient intake system, for more horsepower. As this model was in production for just half a year, it was rare even when new.
The Shelby American World Registry notes that this GT500 KR convertible, one of 518 built, was originally shipped to Ed Hugas' Continental Cars of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on January 9, 1969. At the time of the Registry entry in 1997, it was owned by Barry Burstein of St. Louis. Jim Taylor subsequently acquired the car in 2012.
The GT500 KR underwent a show-quality full restoration some years ago, and was reportedly thereafter a multiple Mustang Club of America Concours and SAAC Premier winner. Finished in the original color of Highland Green, with black interior and black top, it was converted from the original automatic to a four-speed manual transmission during restoration, and is also equipped with Lucas fog lights, power steering, power brakes, console gauges, woodgrain steering wheel, factory air conditioning, AM/FM radio, and the Shelby-only seatbelt retractors.
Inspection shows wonderful attention to detail throughout, including the presence of original fiberglass body panels, the seldom-seen correct KR oil cooler and air cleaner, the original air pollution equipment, and even the original windshield and FoMoCo script headlights. Restored 10-spoke wheels are shod in Goodyear Polyglas tires. The undercarriage presents beautifully, in show-quality condition, and a matching spare wheel and tire, jack, and lug wrench are all offered in the trunk. At the time of cataloging, the car had recorded 60,830 miles.
This is a superb example of its type, ideal for showing or driving as Carroll Shelby intended it to be: the 'King of the Road.'