Only Big Block 1967 Shelby G.T. 500 Convertible
Original Owner Helps Dig Up Details on This One-of-One, Big Block ’67 Shelby
When it comes to Shelby Mustangs, they don’t get much rarer than this 1967 G.T. 500 convertible, bearing VIN 67413C9A00139.
The classic red Mustang is the only big-block 1967 G.T. convertible ever built by Shelby American. And contrary to rumors, the car was never, ever intended to be a prototype.
So that makes the fact that there’s only one big-block ’67 convertible even more mysterious. To get a clearer understanding of the story, Mustang 360 caught up with the Shelby’s caretakers, Brian and Samantha Styles.
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The story also sheds new light on some of the other assumptions about the one-of-one ’67. That includes reports that it was shipped to Shelby North American as a complete car, and rumors that it never wore the 1967-styled Shelby fiberglass.
Most of the new details were obtained from the original owner, Jamie Ventrella, who had a tough time convincing people about the car’s rarity early on. He notes that his car did feature the parts of a 1967 Shelby, and that it was the first of a planned run of Shelby convertibles for the 1967 ½ model year.
Brian, who bought the Mustang in 2009, agrees that the convertible was intended to be the first of several topless ’67 Shelbys produced. The Mustang 360 story also provides some great insight on the circumstances that prompted Ford to terminate its contract with Shelby in 1966, which is what led to the rare one-of-one convertible.