The restoration of the only '67 Shelby convertible is nearing completion at R&S Motorsports in Lees Summit, Missouri.
In August 1966, Shelby American placed an order for three ’67 Mustangs: a fastback, a hardtop, and a convertible. The fastback would become the first serialized GT500. The notchback became the supercharged engineering prototype known as Little Red, while the convertible was transformed into the photographic and styling car for the upcoming ’68 Shelby convertible, as seen in much of the ’68 Shelby marketing materials. The one-off ’67 convertible was also assigned to Carroll Shelby as his personal driver and used by various Shelby American personnel.
After a number of years in the Volo Auto Museum (See “Rare Ragtop” in the March 2005 Mustang Monthly), the convertible has been purchased by Brian Styles, who sent the car to R&A Motorsports for a concours-level restoration under the supervision of SAAC judge Bob Gaines, with technical contributions from many Shelby experts. When we visited R&A in late April, the car was painted and undergoing reassembly for its debut later this year. Watch for a feature in a future issue of Mustang Monthly.