THE SHELBY STORY
Part III The 1967 Shelby Mustangs
Ford redesigned the Mustang to accommodate a big block in 1967 and Carroll Shelby redesigned the Shelby. The emphasis was more on styling and appearance than all out performance. The '67 GT-350 came with the now well established 289/306 horsepower small block and a new GT-500 428" Big block. 1967 would also be the last year Shelby Mustangs would be produced at the Airplane Hangar building of the Shelby-American plant in Los Angeles, CA. The lease was up. Good quality fiberglass was also hard to find and California was a long way from Detroit. Production was moved to the A. O. Smith assembly plant in Ionia, Michigan, for 1968.
The interior was deluxe Mustang with a new 8000 RPM tachometer and a 140 MPH speedometer finishing out the dash. A roll bar was standard equipment but now featured an inertia-reel shoulder harness seat belt. Due to poor serviceability and the higher torque, the heavy-duty C-6 automatic replaced the C-4 in the GT-500. Once again, a Paxton supercharger was offered on the GT-350 for added muscle. Earlier in the production, a 427 was offered as a GT-500 for special dealer promotions. Special wheels were designed for the `67 with 15" all aluminum center "star-mag" by Kelsey-Hayes. Also offered were 15" 10-spoke aluminum wheels. The 1967 is a much sought after Shelby with its combination of style and performance....Biff
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