1969 Shelby GT350 Fastback

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The year 1969 proved to be a year of many changes for the Mustang lineup. For the third time since its introduction in 1964, a significant restyling emerged with the new models. Ford expanded the Mustang line with several new models, including an economy sport roof edition and the luxury-oriented Mustang Grande. The 200ci inline six was now supplemented by a 250ci version. The two-barrel 302 V8 remained the base eight cylinder engine, supplemented by both 2- and 4-barrel versions of the 351 engine. The 390-4V engine remained available, but the 302-4 valve and the 390-2 valve were removed in order to introduce the BOSS 302 and BOSS 429 engines. The latter two were not a bundle of joy for Carroll Shelby. Even if they didn’t exactly compete against the Shelby GT350 and GT500 models, they definitely muddied the water. The GTs lost their Cobra tag for 1969, again marketed simply as Shelby GT 350 and Shelby GT 500. The GT 350 and GT 500 for the 1969 model year received an extensive face lift, the body alone increasing in length by 4 inches (100 mm). The GT 350 was now equipped with a 351 cubic-inch V8. Body mods included a fiberglass nose, NACA ducts on the hood, deep side scoops, and a duck-tailed rear end with the sequential Thunderbird tail lights. Other exterior highlights included aluminum five-spoke wheels and for the first time, the use of reflective side stripes. Ford was now almost totally involved with design and style decisions, with Shelby having little input, and ultimately he terminated his agreement with Ford in the summer of 1969.

This car has a matching numbers engine and has undergone an extensive, complete restoration down to its original factory paint.

This car will be offered at the Mecum Auction in Louisville, Kentucky September 8-10, 2016.

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Price -- Production --
Engine 5.8 liter V8 Weight --
Aspiration natural Torque --
HP 290 HP HP/Weight --
HP/Liter 50 HP/Liter Range --
0-62 mph -- Top Speed --
from Ford Press Release

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