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1968 Shelby

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Ford and the A.O. Smith Company facility in Livonia Michigan now had control of the production of the Shelby Mustang for the 1968 year. A convertible was now available for the GT350 and GT500. Also, the 1968 cars were renamed Shelby Mustang Cobra GT350/GT500/GT500KR, reflecting Ford's recent use of the Cobra name in all of its performance vehicles and parts.

The nose was updated again with fiberglass to resemble a more aggressive Mustang, and the hood now used twin front hood scoops along with a set of rear hood louvers.

The 289ci V8 was replaced with a factory 302 V8 using an aluminum Cobra intake manifold and Holley 600 cfm carb. The 302 was rated at 250 hp.

The 428ci Police Interceptor V8 rated at 360 hp could be found the GT500, this time only coming with a single 715 cfm Holley carb which was mounted on an aluminum manifold.

Only a few GT500s carry the 427 Low Riser engine which was available with only an auto transmission.

When the 428 Cobra Jet engine became available in '68, the GT500KR replaced the GT500. It put out 400 hp but only received a 335 hp rating. The KRs came with Cobra Jet emblems on the fenders, dash, and gas cap lid. All had functional Ram Air which meant no Cobra oval air cleaner.



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Performance Specs

Available Engines
302 V8

302ci

1x4bbl

250 hp @ 4800

310 lb-ft @ 2800

428ci V8

428ci

1x4bbl

360 hp @ 5400

420 lb-ft @ 3200

427 Medium Low Riser

427ci

1x4bbl

400 hp @ 5600

460 lb-ft @ 3200

Transmissions
  • 4-Speed Manual
  • 3-Speed Auto
Engine
0 to 60 MPH
Quarter Mile
Source

GT350

6.3 sec

14.9 sec @ 94 mph

n/a

GT500

6.5 sec

14.75 sec @ 98 mph

n/a

GT500KR

6.9 sec

14.04 sec @ 102.73 mph

n/a

Paint & Color

Exterior Colors

Raven Black

Lime Green Met.

Wimbledon White

Med. Blue Met.

Dark Green Met.

Candyapple Red

Meadowlark Yellow

Dark Blue Met.

Gold Met.

Orange

Interior Colors

Black

Saddle

Production Numbers

GT350 Fastback

1,253

GT350 Convertible

404

GT500 Fastback

1,140

GT500 Convertible

402

GT500KR Fastback

933

GT500KR Convertible

318

Total Production

4,450

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