Watch Dennis Collins Add An “Over-Restored” 1968 Mustang Shelby GT500 KR To His Collection

Watch Dennis Collins’ latest video, and you’ll get a mini-lesson on how to authenticate an original Mustang Shelby. It’s all part of his latest automotive adventure, which involves a trip to rural Kansas to acquire a rare 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 KR convertible. And if checking out this legendary Ford isn’t enough, the video gives us a glance at some other Blue Oval classic cars.

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A Hidden Treasure In A Kansas Garage

Collins’ arrival at the seller’s garage gets interesting as the nondescript exterior fails to hint at what’s inside. Upon entrance to the building, we’re teased with a few modern Mustangs, but Collins quickly gets to the point of his visit, a Highland Green GT500 KR with 31,000 original miles. It’s just one of 500 “King of the Road” GT500 convertibles built for 1968.

Along the way, he walks viewers through his “tricks of the trade” to confirm this special Mustang’s authenticity. Collins gets a closer look at the VIN plate under the hood, inspects the side marker lights, and explores the undercarriage for more hints. He’s confident this Shelby is the real deal but complains that the car is “over-restored.” A restoration (which occurred at the 30,000-mile mark) brought the car back to near factory condition. Nonetheless, the Mustang’s pristine condition doesn’t deter Collins from taking it back to Texas.

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Significance Of The 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 KR

Seeking to capitalize on the success of the 1967 GT500, Ford got creative for the following model year. And an increase in power became part of the marching orders. By April 1968, Ford bestowed the 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet V-8 to the GT500 and created the KR designation to signify the car as the top of the Mustang food chain.

Ford marketed the GT500 KR with a 335 horsepower rating. But, Shelby experts contend that actual output exceeds 400 horsepower. A fact that Collins agrees to in the presentation. Of equal significance is the value of this Mustang. While Collins never talks money in his videos, a similar car with more than double the mileage sold last year on Bring a Trailer for $203,000.


Collins Gets Teased By Another Mustang

A tour of the seller’s garage reveals other noteworthy Fords, including 1950s-era classics like a restomod F-100 pickup with an aluminum Shelby V-8, a pristine Thunderbird, and a mint Ford Fairlane. But it’s a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 that’s vexing to Collins as his repeated offers to buy the car get rejected.

Sources: YouTube, mustangspecs.com


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