Take for example the Shelby GT350, boasting a series of exterior and mechanical modifications over the standard car. Shelby American started building these almost immediately after the debut of the original Mustang. In fact, Carroll Shelby wanted his cars to look a lot more aggressive than the stock vehicles, and he definitely got his wish after 1967 when the Mustang earned redesigned front and rear fascias.
The GT350 came with these subtle hood scoops, new horizontal sequential taillights, a rear spoiler, plus a series of upgrades to the interior. Initially, these cars were powered by an iron-block 289 ci V8 rated at 306 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque, but for the 1968 model year, that unit made way for a 302 ci V8, rated at 250 horsepower.
It is one such car that we’re admiring here today, in this gorgeous Highland Green 1968 Shelby GT350 convertible. The car is currently up for grabs to the highest bidder, and its future owner will definitely be interested to know that back in December of 2022, this Mustang sold for $126,000. That’s roughly the price of a brand-new 2024 Porsche 911 Carrera 4.
Let’s take a quick look at some of its most notable features, starting with the fiberglass ventilated hood with the ram-air scoops, the ducktail rear spoiler, fender extensions, quarter panel scoops, white rocker stripes, black convertible top, and dual exhaust outlets poking out from below the rear valance.
Inside, there’s black vinyl upholstery (in place of the factory-standard saddle interior), and you also get the Décor Group and Visibility Group – heater with a defroster, center console, faux woodgrain trim, roll bar, seatbelts, a two-spoke woodgrain steering wheel and Shelby Cobra badging.
As for the 302 ci V8, it was factory-rated at 250 hp like we said, to go with its 310 lb-ft of torque. Everything now gets sent to the rear wheels via a replacement C4 three-speed automatic gearbox.
Overall, while this car is undoubtedly pleasant to drive, it kind of belongs on display somewhere rather than parked in someone’s driveway. But maybe we're wrong.