1968 J code fastback
I have a 1968 J code fastback Wimbledon White in color. I purchased this car from Mustang Andy in Spokane Washington in 2004. I had originally intended to build an Eleanor, however after some research I decided that that idea was a poor choice. It wasn't long until I fell head over heels in love with the car the way it was. It was kind a like a sweet barn car that had never been fixed by a professional, just some crappy bongo work in the rusted areas and a poor paint job which was peeling off. Today I am a full-time student at North Idaho College, and to pay for my tuition I need to sell the car. So can anybody out there help me determine what the car is really worth? Here is a fact that I have uncovered through the last few years of research. 100% of all of Carroll Shelby GT 350s from 1968 were Wimbledon White J code fastback's. If anybody out there believes that this information is nonfactual, please help me out.
Sorry to tell you this Terry but I do not find that information to be true. In 1968 Shelbys came in various colors and white simply happened to be one of them.
David, sorry for my poor wording of my question. Were all the 1968 GT 350s that Carroll Shelby ordered from Ford White when they showed up from the Ford factory, and then did he switch them over to his special colors that were not offered by Ford? A – raven black, M – Wimbledon White, T – Candyapple red, cross reference between the Shelby colors and the stock colors offered by Ford. However, Shelby's D – medium blue, I – lime green, do not cross reference with Ford's stock D – Acapulco blue, I – line gold. Furthermore, Shelby's R – dark green isn't offered by Ford, along with his Y – gold metallic.
In the magazine Mustang Monthly, dated March 2009, 100% of all the Shelby shown in the photographs are Wimbledon White. In the magazine Muscle Car Review dated April 2000, 100 % of all the Shelbys shown are Wimbledon White. In the magazine Shelby, dated February 1, 2011, there is a picture of Shelby American sales director Roger Sorel standing by 11 new GTs "awaiting their conversion" into Shelby GT 350s and they are all Wimbledon White. Do you think that perhaps Shelby ordered all white cars and converted them to his special colors at his factory?
Last edited by Silverwood; May 25, 2011 at 11:22 PM.
Having owned a number of Shelbys over the years, including 3 1968s, I can tell you the cars left the Ford factory painted in the color they were going to be permanently. Shelby did not get all white cars and then re-paint them to their needs. That is simply a cost that the bean counters would not have signed off on. Also keep in mind that in '68 (like all other years) there were no Shelby only colors. There were Mustang only colors but even those could be special ordered on a Shelby.
I have a friend that has a very rare grabber orange '68 Shelby and it was special ordered. Grabber Orange may not be the correct '68 color name but that was the name of the color in '70 and I cannot remember if it was called something different in '68. Ford was real good about using the same color but changing it's name from year to year.