This extensively restored 1968 Shelby GT500KR re-creation was built using Shelby-style Maier fiberglass pieces for the front clip, hood, fender extensions, decklid and taillight panel. A chrome bumper, Shelby-style stainless-steel-trimmed grille, Lucas driving lights, Wagner halogen headlights and bullet-style parking lights were added during the build. The exterior features stainless rocker and wheel well moldings, a white vinyl top, chrome door handles and side mirrors, silver Shelby-style rear valance, chrome GT500 fuel filler, bumper and trimmed reverse lights, and Satin Black fenders in order to re-create the look of a true Shelby GT500KR.
A Robert Pond Motorsports aluminum side-oiler 427 engine stroked to 482ci brings this KR to life, and produces 575hp and 573 ft/lbs of torque. The engine employs two Quickfuel-tuned 750 Holley carburetors, finned air cleaner, custom COMP Cams hydraulic roller camshaft, SCAT crankshaft, forged H-beam rods and JE pistons. It’s also outfitted with Edelbrock Performer ported heads, finned Shelby valve covers, Sanderson ceramic-coated long tube headers, Griffin aluminum radiator with electric fans, a custom 2.5" dual exhaust system with MagnaFlow mufflers and rear-mounted stainless tips, March serpentine system, polished power steering pump, polished air conditioning compressor and a chrome 100-amp alternator.
The transmission was upgraded to a Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual bolted to an American Powertrain hydraulic clutch and Quicktime steel bellhousing. The Heidts 9" Traction-Lok rear end has a 9" factory third-member, 3.25 Richmond gears and 31-spline axles. Helping the ride and stance of the Shelby are tubular control arms, TCP shock tower brace, 1" anti-sway bar with new coilovers, and a Heidts 4-link suspension that utilizes a Panhard bar and two additional coilovers. It also has welded X subframe connectors and rides on Vintage Wheel Works V50 wheels with Bridgestone Potenza radial tires. Stopping power is provided by a 4-wheel Wilwood disc brake system that clamps 12" drilled and slotted rotors through 4-piston calipers.
The restored factory vinyl interior features new black carpet, wood-trimmed and Cobra branded console with traditional chrome shifter and Stewart Warner Greenline console gauges. It also features a wood-rimmed steering wheel on an Ididit steering column, Shelby wood-trimmed and chrome-detailed door panels, Shelby 140 mph speedometer and an 8,000 rpm tachometer. The stereo system features an MP3-compatible Alpine CD player and amplifier with a 6-speaker sound system and two 12" Kicker subwoofers located in the restored trunk. It also has a GPS locator and kill switch. This GT500KR re-creation was featured in the September 2011 issue of Modified Mustangs & Fords.