Barn Find 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR Deserves Some TLC
Rare Convertible Muscle Car Hasn’t Been Driven in Nearly 40 Years
The Mustang Shelby GT500KR is known as the “King of the Road.” It’s a stretch to use that name for the car you see here. For the past 30 years, it’s been a “Prisoner in a Storage Container.”
Oh, how the mighty have fallen. This 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500KR convertible – 1 of only 318, according to MSN – started life on June 20, 1968 at Ford’s Metuchen, New Jersey, assembly plant with Highland Green paint, deluxe black bucket seats, power steering and brakes, and a four-speed manual. That gearbox was connected to a 428 Cobra Jet with a “335 advertised horsepower rating” to please the insurance adjusters out there, wink wink.
The KR wound up being sold at a dealership in Nashville, Tennessee. Its current owner, Nelson Bandy, had tried to buy it from its former caretaker for years, when, finally, in 1978, Bandy got his chance to bring it home. He did…then parked it before the end of the year because he wanted to keep his rare vehicle from getting damaged. From that point on, it would not be driven again. (If you ask us, a Shelby Mustang going unused is an awful form of damage, too.) By 1987, the KR became a resident of one of Bandy’s storage containers. A long-term resident; the KR hasn’t left its boxy prison in 30 years. No burnouts, no roadtrips, no complaints from the neighbors about the noise from the rear pipes, no top-down drives. Nothing. A waste of everything that this car was capable of.
There is a silver lining to this tragic story of neglected potential, though. Bandy said, “The barn-find cars are really hot now, so I’m thinking I will get the car running as-is and attend a few of the local car shows.” We hope he does. This beast deserves its freedom.
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