The Beast from 1968: A Closer Look at the Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500 KR

PJ’s Auto World presents the 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500 KR for Sale. Discover the features that make this muscle car a true legend.

Introduction

In the late 1960s, the American automotive industry witnessed the rise of a new breed of car enthusiasts: those who craved speed, power, and style. This was the era of muscle cars, and the Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500 KR was one of the most iconic vehicles of its time.

PJ’s Auto World is proud to offer a 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500 KR for sale, a vehicle that embodies everything that made muscle cars a staple of American culture. This car is a prime example of the raw power and sleek design that made the GT500 KR an instant classic.

So, what makes this car so special? Let’s take a closer look.

Key Features

Here are some of the standout features of this 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500 KR:

  • 428 Cu In V8 engine with an engine build date of April 19, 1968, and a car build date of June 20, 1968
  • 4-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter
  • Custom Holley dual-feed double-pumper carburetor
  • Edelbrock aluminum heads and intake
  • MSD electronic ignition
  • Rare factory air conditioning equipped Shelby upgraded to R134A refrigerant
  • Power steering
  • Front disc brakes
  • 9” rear end
  • Upgraded sway bars
  • Rear traction bars
  • 19” Asanti Wheels with new tires
  • DuPont Pepper Grey exterior with black pearl Rally Stripes
  • Lucas driving lights
  • Shelby body accessories and scoops
  • Sequential tail lights
  • Bullet mirrors
  • Power windows
  • Tinted glass
  • Upgraded custom interior
  • Driver’s power seat
  • Fold-down rear seat
  • Woven carpet
  • Dakota Digital Dash
  • Tilt steering column
  • Custom black burled wood dash trim
  • Powerful upgraded multimedia sound system with iPod hookup and Pioneer control deck
  • Custom center console
  • Upholstered trunk
  • Factory roll bar

As you can see, the 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500 KR was a well-appointed car that left nothing to chance. Every detail was meticulously crafted to create an unforgettable driving experience.

Performance

The GT500 KR was all about performance. The 428 Cu In V8 engine packed a punch, producing 360 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. This power was put to the ground through the 4-speed manual transmission with a Hurst shifter, making it easy for drivers to get the most out of the car’s capabilities.

Thanks to the custom Holley dual-feed double-pumper carburetor, Edelbrock aluminum heads and intake, and MSD electronic ignition, the GT500 KR had impressive acceleration and speed. The car could go from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.5 seconds and reach a top speed of 125 mph.

But the GT500 KR wasn’t just about straight-line speed. The upgraded sway bars, rear traction bars, and 9” rear end made the car agile and responsive, even on tight corners. The front disc brakes were also a significant upgrade over the standard drum brakes found on most cars of the era, providing excellent stopping power.

Design

Of course, the GT500 KR wasn’t just about performance. It was also a stunning example of automotive design. The DuPont Pepper Grey exterior with black pearl Rally Stripes was a classic look that still turns heads today.

The Shelby body accessories and scoops added a touch of aggression, while the Lucas driving lights and bullet mirrors gave the car a sporty vibe. The sequential tail lights were a standout feature that set the GT500 KR apart from other cars of the era.

The interior of the GT500 KR was just as impressive as the exterior. The upgraded custom interior featured a driver’s power seat, fold-down rear seat, and woven carpet, creating a luxurious and comfortable driving experience. The Dakota Digital Dash and custom black burled wood dash trim added a touch of sophistication, while the powerful upgraded multimedia sound system with iPod hookup and Pioneer control deck ensured that drivers could enjoy their favorite tunes while cruising down the road.

FAQs

Q: What is the history of the GT500 KR? A: The GT500 KR was first introduced in 1968 as a high-performance version of the Ford Mustang. It was created by Carroll Shelby, a former race car driver and automotive designer who had previously worked on the Shelby Cobra.

Q: What does “KR” stand for? A: “KR” stands for “King of the Road,” a name that was chosen to reflect the car’s impressive performance and design.

Q: How many GT500 KRs were produced? A: In 1968, a total of 1,053 GT500 KRs were produced.

Q: What sets this particular GT500 KR apart from others? A: This GT500 KR is a rare find, with its factory air conditioning upgraded to R134A refrigerant and its powerful multimedia sound system with iPod hookup and Pioneer control deck. It also features a custom interior and DuPont Pepper Grey exterior with black pearl Rally Stripes.

Conclusion

The 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby Cobra GT500 KR is a true icon of American automotive history. It embodies everything that made muscle cars so popular in the late 1960s: raw power, sleek design, and an unforgettable driving experience. This particular GT500 KR is a rare find, with its unique features and immaculate condition. If you’re in the market for a piece of automotive history, this car is not to be missed.