1969 Shelby GT350: Most Underrated Shelby Ever?

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Late 60s Shelby Mustangs don’t get the same attention as earlier models but this beauty is to die for.

In the lofty world of Shelby Mustangs, some are more desirable (and more expensive) than others. Typically, earlier cars are worth more than those built toward the later part of the ’60s. Of course, this depends greatly on options, engine displacement, and transmission choice. But overall, cars like this gorgeous 1969 Shelby GT350 up for grabs at American Mustangs aren’t as coveted as, say, a ’65-’67 model.

Much of that, at least in this case, boils down who actually designed the car. Ford had most of the say in design and styling decisions for 1969, with Carroll Shelby having little input. Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford that same summer, and leftover ’69 models were sold as ’70s. Add in a relatively underwhelming 351 and automatic transmission, and it’s no wonder why these cars aren’t quite as coveted as earlier models.

1969 Mustang Shelby GT350

But that doesn’t mean this Candy Apple Red ’69 isn’t something special on its own accord. Its unique styling and elongated body is very much attractive. And this one retains all of its original goodies, including the air conditioning. All the original fiberglass body panels, tags, and even the wheels are intact.

1969 Mustang Shelby GT350

According to the seller, the car’s 73k miles are also original. No word on whether it’s been treated to a respray or any mechanical work. But we wouldn’t be surprised given how nice it presents. This may not be the fastest, rarest, or most coveted Shelby GT350 ever built. But it’s one heck of a nice car that, in our minds, deserves a little more credit than it’s received!

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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