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The Lounge / Gas Prices
« on: September 18, 2022, 10:03:28 PM »
Sept 18, 2022:

This Shell station in the first photo borders Beverly Hills, but is in LA.  I shot this photo today.

When we were in San Antonio, Texas, two weeks ago, I shot the other photo.

Somebody in gov't and the oil companies needs to do some splanin'.



The Lounge / This just in: Ford giving access to heritage files...
« on: June 16, 2022, 03:31:08 PM »
A press release I just received:

Ford is making more than 5,000 curated Ford and Lincoln photographs and product brochures from the first century of the company’s history available to the public online for the first time – and will continue to grow the site as new items are added
The searchable collection – at – spans Ford’s production history from the company’s founding in 1903 to its centennial in 2003
Historical assets are available to Ford enthusiasts as free downloads for personal use from the American-based auto industry’s most comprehensive online database, which will continue to be updated and expanded

DEARBORN, Mich., June 16, 2022 – Today, on its 119th anniversary, Ford Motor Company is making a century of its archival material available to the public through a new online database called the Ford Heritage Vault.

Ford created the Heritage Vault ( for fans, journalists and car enthusiasts, making it easy to discover the company’s rich heritage from anywhere in the world. The searchable artifacts are downloadable for personal use, free of charge, for the first time as part of the American auto industry’s most comprehensive online database.

The Ford Heritage Vault contains more than 5,000 curated photographs and product brochures from Ford and Lincoln vehicles, spanning from the company’s founding in 1903 to its centennial in 2003. Ford will grow the Heritage Vault over time, drawing from its archives.

“We’re opening up in a way we’ve never done before,” said Ted Ryan, Ford archive and heritage brand manager. “Our archives were established 70 years ago, and for the first time, we’re opening the vault for the public to see. This is just a first step for all that will come in the future.”

The materials available in the online collection today were carefully curated over the past two years by Ford’s archives team. Many of the high-resolution images showcase the design and functionality of Ford and Lincoln vehicles. Others are memorable images that bring Ford’s heritage to life for fans and car enthusiasts, while also educating newcomers to the Blue Oval.

One set of brochures serves as a time capsule for the 1970s and ’80s. The series was created to market specific vehicle design packages to younger consumers and shows beach outings, racing and skydiving, accentuated with vivid oranges, browns and yellows.

“Complementing all of the vehicle photos available in the Ford Heritage Vault, brochures like these add so much more information and impact for people who want to learn about our products, heritage and accessories,” said Ciera Casteel, processing archivist, who prepared materials for the Heritage Vault.

Opening Ford’s heritage to all
Ford Heritage Vault has been created with accessibility features that translate photos, charts and graphs and other pre-digital assets for compatibility with assistive technology now used by blind and visually impaired site visitors, such as screen readers, to interpret websites. Heritage Vault users can request remediated versions of additional brochures as needed.

I believe I have sold my GT500KR (finalizing tomorrow) to a Ford collector. He owns GT350s, a B9, and a Torino with a 428CJ, among others.

He's had bad experiences with the big 18-wheeler type of transporters, including some car damage, and so he only wants to ship in a one- or two-car enclosed 5th wheel type of trailer.   

Load the car here, unload it in KS.  No warehouse lay-overs or off-loading along the way.

Who have you guys used that you can recommend?

Thanks much,

BIG PRICE DROP!  $180,000

1968 SHELBY GT500KR #2575

From the Collection of Motor Trend former Editor-in-Chief, C. Van Tune.

Aluminum Shelby 427 Side-Oiler stroked to 468 cubes.

Dynoed at 579 hp & 597 lb/ft torque.

Original 4-speed Top-Loader.

Fully Sorted. Runs Cool.  It's a badass of a car, but easy to drive.

$195,000.   $180,000 takes it. (Over $285k invested.)  No trades.

Life can be hard.  Mine just got that way.  My just-diagnosed Stage IV lung cancer is forcing me to change many things about my life, including selling my beloved KR. This diagnosis has my family very worried, because at my last physical exam 6 months ago I was completely healthy.  And I've never smoked anything but tires!

I’ve decided to list my KR here first, in hopes that one of our own buys this spectacularly fast & fun Shelby.  I bought it in 1982.  Always a CA car.

PM me for a very detailed 7-page list of the car’s equipment, specs, condition, modifications and original items.

Happy to send photos, videos, etc.   Inspections welcomed.  Car is located in San Diego, CA.

Thanks guys,

PS: Sorry about the Brand D car in the background. That's the screen car from the Mannix TV series.

Found this 40 year old photo in a box today.     Laguna, 1982.   

That's my KR in foreground. Shortly after I bought it.  Drove it up there from L.A. and discovered it would give me 90 miles per tankful, maximum range.  (More like 70 miles tank range if having fun, like when speeding along with a Lamborghini Miura for a couple dozen miles.)

Fun, until I almost ran dry in a desolate area between nowhere and King City, and had to drop to 55 mph to hopefully make it in on fumes.  Lambo guy didn't seem to notice/care, and keep on truckin'.

Anyone know the owners of the others cars in this pix...'66 GT350, Cougar, etc.   Would love to see any other photos from this date & location.   I'm still digging and will post if I find any.


My buddy Dave is the reporter on this.  He's a Ford/Shelby nut all the way.

What a great thing for he and Shelby Vegas to do for the boy. The gave him an incredible lifetime memory.

A fast ride in a new Shelby Cobra and being on TV.  Can you imagine the excitement if that'd happened to any of us at that age?  WOW!

I think it'd be cool to hear from you guys.   What were your street-race hangouts?

The Lounge / History of Imperial Highway -- aka "The Cannon Ball Highway"
« on: November 27, 2021, 10:51:39 PM »

Pix is from 1987.   Red arrow points to red mark approximately where Shelby American was located: 6501 W. Imperial.

The Lounge / What was your first Shelby/Cobra?
« on: September 21, 2021, 03:29:29 PM »
In the name of Shelby & Cobra enthusiasm, I can't recall seeing a thread about what Shelby product we first owned.

Would be cool to see original pix, info, and the date(s) that you owned it.  Even better if you still own it.  8)

And can we please have no critiques, flaming, trolling or other negative comments on this thread?  This is about Shelby fun & memories.

I'll go first.

1968 GT500KR fastback, white with black interior.  4-speed.

Bought in 1982, in SoCal.   Promptly blew-up the 427 side-oiler the PO had installed.

Stupidly let the car sit without an engine for 20 years before (even stupider) selling it to Ron Butler's son. 

After painfully serving the appropriate penance, I bought it back from Butler in 2013.  Butler had kept it stored away and completely untouched.   

I installed stroked aluminum 427 side-oiler (553 hp on dyno) from Shelby/Denbeste in 2014. 

Added a few Day Two parts. 

Listed in the 1968 Shelby Registry.   

I will never let go of the car again! 

Bottom photo is soon after car was  finished, with NHRA's Phil Burgess (left) at our old hangout in Culver City, CA.

The Lounge / L.A. Sheriff Deputy killed in Cobra crash today
« on: September 16, 2021, 03:55:23 PM »
A terrible tragedy for the deputy and his family.

But, I'd think the reporter is incorrect where he says the car is believed to be a "1965 Shelby Cobra."  The damage makes it look like fiberglass to me.

Parts For Sale / One original 1968 headlight from my KR -- PRICE DROP
« on: June 21, 2021, 04:10:29 PM »
I replaced both of my KR's headlights with halogens a long time ago, and put the originals away.   Who knows where the other one went, but I found this one.

I tested it, and it works as it should on both high & low beams. 

Prongs are straight.   Glass is clear.   Very minor chips.   

I have not cleaned or touched it up.       

See pictures for part numbers and details.

$150 OBO, plus the ride.     Now $95 plus the ride.   

PM me. 

If you get it and it doesn’t work, I will refund the purchase price.


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