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Designers of the fiberglass
« on: August 07, 2020, 10:58:03 AM »
I believe the fiberglass of the '69-'70's to be one of the most inspired, beautiful designs to ever come out of Detroit (Dearborn) and enjoy discussing them with my buddy of 41 years.

With that said, we came to a question I wasn't sure about. I always thought the overall design was an in-house Ford design that was never really credited to one team or individual.

Am I mistaken?

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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2020, 11:03:49 AM »
BTW,  this is in the latest Hemmings Muscle Machines, a fantastic publication.

Edit, ugh, I don't have my iPhone here to edit the picture, if JD Doesn't save me, I will upright it later today

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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2020, 11:08:47 AM »
Here it is, (I get that mag too)
'67 Shelby Headlight Bucket Grommets http://www.saacforum.com/index.php?topic=254.0
'67 Shelby Lower Grille Edge Protective Strip http://www.saacforum.com/index.php?topic=1237.0

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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2020, 11:51:32 AM »
I agree a beautiful design. Certainly the best looking Shelbys
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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2020, 12:02:06 PM »
Thanks JD  8)

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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2020, 12:06:03 PM »
I agree a beautiful design. Certainly the best looking Shelbys
It was the first Shelby design I was exposed to in early 1969 in 8th grade when a family member bought one. I have been enamored with it ever since.
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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2020, 12:12:42 PM »
Like I have said before I gravitated to 69 Mustangs in HS. While owning many brand x cars I always have had at least one 69 Mustang since 1977. I loved the Shelby design as much or more as the Mach1/Boss. Funny in that I like the Mach1 more than the FB and the Shelby Vert more than the Mustang vert. That is why I kept my vert for 35 years now. I have owned Boss 429s, Boss 302 GT500FBs etc but my vert has never left nor do I plan on selling it. I added a 69 drag pack 4 speed  Mach1 after searching for one for years. Didn't want an auto unless 430 geared. Didn't want a Q-code and as luck would have it through friends and other SAAC members(Bill S-to Kerry W to Dan Reiter) I was able to purchase my current 69 R-code Mach1. OK, long enough, I also wonder if it was an in house design since the 71 fronts are pretty similar to the 69-70 Shelby and we know how far designs are done ahead of time so I'm betting Ford designers. Gary
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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2020, 12:18:41 PM »
I personally think the 68 shelbys look the best.

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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2020, 12:55:16 PM »
I have owned one of each year and I would say in the American car world the 69 Shelby is a 10 out of 10 for me in the looks department. I prefer driving the 66 gt350 though. The 66-68 mustangs are nice looking cars as well but the 69 is more exotic in comparison. As I recall the hood and fenders and exhaust outlet were Shelby in house design the rest is a continuation of the prior year.
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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2020, 01:03:49 PM »
Actually designed two years prior. So, the 69s were designed as early as 1967!
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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2020, 01:05:00 PM »
I have owned one of each year and I would say in the American car world the 69 Shelby is a 10 out of 10 for me in the looks department. I prefer driving the 66 gt350 though. The 66-68 mustangs are nice looking cars as well but the 69 is more exotic in comparison. As I recall the hood and fenders and exhaust outlet were Shelby in house design the rest is a continuation of the prior year.
I have some of every year as well and love what ever one I happened to be working on or driving at the time the best. ;)
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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2020, 01:05:32 PM »


Fiberglas model January 1968, so you know there were drawings prior.

There was also a fiberglas convertible, but no photos have turned up yet.
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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2020, 01:10:51 PM »
Simply the best aesthetically designed cars of the 1960s
These cars are meant to be driven so enjoy the hell out of all of it. Not just the look of it when its all cleanCS

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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2020, 01:16:40 PM »
I was 12 when this ad came out. Owning a Shelby was on my radar ever after. I thought, and still think, this is one of the coolest looking cars of all time.
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Re: Designers of the fiberglass
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2020, 01:23:18 PM »
69/70s - balanced and sleek look, going fast while standing still. AND doesn't look like a Mustang with addons. But I still like and enjoy the KR. ;D