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Up For Auction / 1968 Shelby 8TJ02J116117 For Sale on Ebay
« on: May 25, 2020, 01:07:50 PM »
On ebay we have no affiliation;

1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Fastback All Original Number Matching Survivor Arizona Car /Marti Report 

302 V8, C4 Select Shift Automatic transmission, Black Vinyl Bucket Seats, Candy Apple Red Paint, Air Conditioning 

You cannot recreate this kind of patina. Runs and drives great, could be daily driver. 

After its debut at the 1964 New York World’s Fair, Ford soon realized that the Mustang, although a tremendous sales success, needed more of a performance image. So, they turned to Carroll Shelby who knew that racing would be the key to creating the image Ford desired. Shelby’s first step would be to create a successful racing version of the Mustang. The result was the GT350R, a factory-prepared racecar. Only 37 R-models were built yet they dominated the SCCA’s B-Production class for the next three years. Shelby also constructed 516 street versions of the GT350. Like the R-models, these cars featured Ford’s K-code 289 V-8 modified to produce a reported 305 bhp. Beginning as a stock Mustangs, with 4-speed manual transmissions, they were delivered to Shelby American to receive high-riser manifolds, heavy-duty rear axles, better brakes all around and different badging. These first GT350s were not built for comfort as they had racing suspensions and the rear seats were removed to comply with SCAA homologation rules. Mustang sales across the board benefited tremendously from the racing successes of the GT350 not only in SCCA “club” racing but also in the very popular Trans-Am series. The production Mustangs modified by Shelby American became hot sellers and increased production was planned for 1966.

Then in 1967, Ford restyled the Mustang and in the process, it became a larger and heavier car. Shelby’s engineers thus had to adapt the GT350 as well. To keep the car’s weight down and maintain the model’s distinctive look, a new fiberglass front end was designed. They incorporated a larger hood scoop and brake cooling scoops on the sides of the car in front of the rear wheels as well as scoops on the rear-quarter panels of the roof. Additionally, high-beam headlights were mounted at the center of the grille opening giving the car an aggressive face. The rear end received a built-in spoiler and large banks of taillights on either side of the fuel filler. The GT350’s interior was also made more comfortable and both power steering and power brakes became “mandatory options.” Generally, buyer’s tastes were changing and the Shelby Mustang was becoming more of a luxury performance car.

This trend continued in 1968 as appearance and convenience were emphasized in Mustangs even more. Carroll Shelby in turn started to ease out of the car building business and the conversion of Mustangs into GT350s was moved from his Los Angeles facility to the A.O. Smith Company in Livonia, Michigan. For 1968 factory built 302 engines replaced the high-performance 289, and when Ford took over all of the promotion and advertising for the Shelby models, they were portrayed as more civilized cars. Officially the model’s name was also changed to Shelby Mustang Cobra GT350 and new badging used. Styling changes included a revised front end with inboard fog lamps instead of the high beam headlights and a new convertible body was offered. While these changes may have disappointed some enthusiasts, it certainly did not hurt sales. More Shelby Mustangs were sold in 1968 than in any other year.

The subject car (#8T02J116117) is a 1968 Shelby Mustang Cobra GT350 Fastback; one of 4,450 total Shelby Mustangs built that year, of which 1,053 were fastbacks. According to the Shelby American World Registry this car was built on November 22,1967, at Ford’s Metuchen, NJ assembly plant, and sold new through Schanzmeyer Ford in Jefferson City, MO. Its first owner is unknown, but by 1983 the car was found and purchased by a Robert Suchack in Arizona. He in turn sold it to Gary Ellsworth, also of AZ. Ellsworth kept the car for 27 years, and is listed as the owner in the 1997 registry.  

The Lounge / Memorial Day 2020
« on: May 22, 2020, 07:14:55 PM »
As we enjoy the Memorial Day weekend with friends and family, let each of us resolve to take a moment — if not longer — to thank those who gave their lives in order that we might be able to enjoy the freedoms that make America the greatest nation on earth.

Florida Region SAAC / Anne Marie's May 31, 2020
« on: May 21, 2020, 04:33:44 PM »
poc is jerry

Florida Region SAAC / Low & Clean Miami June 14, 2020
« on: May 21, 2020, 04:32:25 PM »
poc is jerry

Florida Region SAAC / Sunday Cruise May 24, 2020
« on: May 21, 2020, 04:31:15 PM »
poc is jerry

The Lounge / Recently found Shelby
« on: May 18, 2020, 08:02:49 PM »
Recently found 8T02S116080-00268

trailer looks like GA tags

PB CW SM poc is Luis

The Lounge / Happy Mothers Day 2020
« on: May 08, 2020, 10:15:26 AM »
Wishing all a very happy mother's day

Much love

The Lounge / Anyone recognize the driver in this SAAC shirt ?
« on: May 06, 2020, 08:39:13 PM »
Who am I?

The Lounge / Happy Cinco de Mayo
« on: May 05, 2020, 08:28:27 AM »
Orale weys feliz cinco!

Florida Region SAAC / Jakeys Army
« on: May 04, 2020, 04:45:35 PM »
 We are calling all our car owners to join us in celebrating Jakey’s Army birthday with a special car parade next Saturday May, 9th at 10AM.

We are working with Town of Miami Lakes- Municipal Government on route details so get your classics and hot rods ready as we show support for Pediatric Cancer Research and Jakey!

The Lounge / May 4th, 2020
« on: May 04, 2020, 10:32:35 AM »
How can anyone forget...May 4th be with you !

Florida Region SAAC / 2020 Florida SAAC Meeting
« on: May 03, 2020, 04:38:10 PM »
Todays meeting minutes:

The Chairman Mr Mau called the meeting to order and announced that a quorum was present.

The Secretary presented to the participants at the meeting a proposed form of Bylaws, which were reviewed by the Director(s). Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously adopted, it was resolved, that the Bylaws submitted to and reviewed at this meeting are hereby adopted as the Bylaws by signing the adopting resolution to such effect.

The Secretary then presented to the meeting.

Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, it was resolved that the specimen form be approved, ratified and adopted by the Board of Director(s)

The meeting then proceeded to the election of Officers. Upon nominations duly made and seconded, the following were qualified and elected:

One Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, Jonathan Lennon, George Harrison, Reginald Kenneth ( prefers to be called Sir "E") Dwight, Eric (slow hand) Clapton, Hector and lastly JC.

We wish them all tremendous success on their 10 year appointments.

There being no further business before the meeting, on motion duly made, seconded and unanimously carried, the meeting was adjourned.

The Lounge / Putting thing in perspective
« on: May 01, 2020, 09:58:21 PM »
"Putting Things in Perspective"

A young lady by the name of Anne Frank spent two years hiding in an attic with eight people.

 The group lived in constant fear of being discovered and could never go outside.

 They had to remain quiet during daytime and night time in order to avoid detection.

Their food was sparse and rationed.

 After 25 months of hiding, the group was discovered by the Gestapo.

 Let's just say their story did not have a good ending.

Let's talk about us now, some of us have been quarantined for a few weeks. We have internet, Netflix, Facebook, video games,  phones, Skype, food delivery, food pick up, we can roam or drive to "essential" places.

And some are complaining they can't go to Starbucks,  McDonalds or that chicken place.

Why are some people so hysterical ?

We have a saying "maybe it's not home sweet home, adjust".

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