Ford Mustang Convertible 4.7 V8 GT350 Automatic
1968 Ford Mustang Convertible 4.7 V8 Automatic, 198hp. Finished in Brittany Blue with black interior. Chassis number 8F03C182832, first registered in Sweden 2007, mileage is unknown - the odometer currently shows 33643. As you can see the car has undergone extensive cosmetic modifications to replicate the look of a Shelby GT350, with everything from door sill badges to the engine bay getting the treatment making this a fine looking and convincing example. With only 404 Shelby GT350 convertibles produced in ‘68 getting hold of a real one is both tricky and expensive, so this very well presented homage to the real thing is a great alternative.
Starting outside the car probably the most obvious part of the treatment are those white ‘350’ Shelby stripes down the sides. Either side of these sit correct Shelby wheels, and towards the rear enlarged vents protrude from the bodywork. Spotlights are found nestled in the front grille, again in keeping with the look of the original car, and the Pony badge has been lost for the correct S H E L B Y letters on the nose, these sitting in front of two gaping nostrils that rise out of hood. Under this hood the 4.7 V8 has been dressed up to appear like the real thing, with Cobra badged valve covers and the correct Cobra branded air filter on top. At the rear of the car again the Pony badge has been dropped for Shelby lettering and the correct deck lid spoiler is in place. Inside you are greeted with the aforementioned cobra door sill strips, a Shelby branded steering wheel, a lovely wooden Cobra shifter and badge on the glovebox.
The Ford Mustang itself is a car dear to the true petrolheads hearts. When introduced in 1964 it was a smaller, lighter and more nimble offering than any other manufacturer had produced, becoming an overnight success story that surprised even Ford themselves when it hit it’s 100,000 first year sales target in just three months. A true icon now in it’s 6th generation, it’s impossible not to appreciate the humble philosophy and underpinnings behind the Pony car, and what’s under the hood is a big part of it. In an age of bulbous electronic fobs it’s refreshing to slot a simple metal key into the ignition and feel its clicks through your fingers as you twist it to turn over that big old V8 lump. You can’t just jump in and fire this thing up, it requires a little encouragement from the throttle, so even before you’ve heard that lazy, lumpy rumble you already feel connected to the car in a way you don’t in a modern vehicle - and once that engine does come to life, you immediately understand why these analogue beasts continue to captivate and deliver an experience modern machinery cannot provide.