Lot #734.1 - "kr" stood for "king of the road"- a name that was supposedly taken from general motors. The gt-500 kr used ford's new cobra jet gt engine opposed to the 428 ci engine used in the '67 and '68 gt500's. The 335-hp claimed by shelby is most likely a gross understatement. The number given by shelby was to lower insurance costs. A total of 933 gt-500kr fastbacks were produced along with 318 convertibles. Carroll shelby, always one to up the competition, put the 428 cj engine in his gt 500 mustangs about two thirds into the model year. Early '68 gt 500's were given ford's 428 police interceptor engine. Rated at 360 hp at 5400 rpm, the big block produced 420 ft. Lbs. Of torque at 3200 rpm. Mid-year, shelby got wind that gm intended to introduce a 396 camaro and call it "king of the road". Shelby beat them to it. Before gm could follow through, shelby american offered a gt 500kr, king of the road stuffed the cobra jet engine under the hood. This 84,000 mile shelby registry car is and original matching numbers car. With only one repaint, 4 speed top loader transmission, fold down rear seats, lucas fog lights, 10 spoke alloy wheels, power disc brakes, power steering, and the optional tilt away steering wheel with an exclusive marti report.
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