had been looking for about 6 months in various
places in the U.S for a 68 Shelby when I came
across this example. Unfortunately there aren't
too many 68 Shelby's in Australia so I had
to find one the hard way. For me, a big Block
Shelby is as good as it gets.
are many places in the U.S who specialize
in selling Muscle cars (especially Shelby's)
and had come across a 3 in about a 6 month
period at a place called "Tango"
(www.shelbymustang.com). But by the time I
had received enough information and pictures,
unfortunately I was always missing out!!
received an email from the owner of Tango
in early September 2005 to advise that they
had a Candy Apple Red 68 GT500 (428 Big Block
motor) that would be coming up for sale in
the next week. Tango specialize in restoring
and selling Shelbys and the owner of this
car gave it to Tango at the beginning of 2005
to have the restoration finished. Sadly he
suddenly passed away in August 2005 and as
Tango already had the car, had been instructed
to sell the car on behalf of the estate. Because
of this I had more time to get detailed pictures
and have the car inspected.
had tracked down a SAAC Club member (Shelby
American Automobile Club) who only lived about
an hour from Tango who agreed to inspect the
car for me. He owned 2 68 Shelby's himself
and I had spoke to him on a couple of occasions
about previous cars. After he inspected the
car I told him what the estate was asking
for it and he told me it was about $20k USD
under priced. That made the decision easy...
owner spent just over $30k USD on the car
at Tango that included a full mechanical rebuild,
engine bay restoration, and various other
things. The car was painted on a rotisserie
about 7 years ago but had never seen the road,
so the paintwork is still excellent, as is
the undercarriage. The interior is largely
unrestored but still in excellent condition.
to transport and Christmas period, it took
the car until late January until it arrived
here in Australia. Even though I had the car
inspected and had many phone conversations
with Tango, I was still a little nervous about
the condition of the car and whether it was
up to my expectations. I was very pleasantly
surprised and the condition ended up being
better than I was expecting. A nice surprise.
car is awesome to drive with an abundance
of tyre frying torque. Anyone who has driven
one knows what I mean... What is also surprising
is the number of people over here in Australia
know what the car is and are in awe of Shelby