Shelby Sham: 1968 Mustang Fastback


We would like to believe that this 1968 Mustang fastback project might be a real Shelby GT350 for cheap money. It has a Shelby dash, shifter, dash plate, and the body panels say Shelby on them, but the rational side of our brain and the VIN makes us think it is just a Mustang project with some Shelby parts thrown on.

This Mustang has been owned by the seller since 2007 and comes with some useful extra parts. They dont make any claims about it being a Shelby and the VIN indicates that the car is a 1968 fastback that was originally equipped with a C-code 2-barrel V8 engine. The photos show a car that is mostly complete, but that has spent most of its life in the rust belt, so a good pre-purchase inspection of the body is in order.

The seller says that he had the engine running soon after he bought the car, but that it has not been used since. The engine has some of the typical period dress-up items including some Cobra valve covers, but plan on a full rebuild based on a  lack of recent use and the car’s 98,000 miles on the odometer.

The dash appears to be from a Shelby, but it seems to have been installed after the car left the factory. It would be very nice to retain the dash, but it will require some careful work to bring it back to its former state. That steering wheel almost looks correct, but not quite.

Here is a shot of that dash plaque. Sure makes you wonder what happened to the rest of the car that donated all those Shelby parts…

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