1967-1968 Shelby Mustangs are iconic classics in American muscle car history. This car experienced a resurgence when the Steve Stanford and Chip Foose-styled "Eleanor" version appeared alongside Nicholas Cage in the movie "Gone in 60 Seconds". As interest in these muscle cars has increased, custom car builders worldwide began restoring and crafting updated versions of the car including authentic Shelby continuation vehicles.
This 1968 Shelby restoration/rebuild/recreation began as a '68 rotisserie-blasted Mustang convertible originally built out of the Metuchen, New Jersey, Ford plant. All 1968 Shelby Mustangs were built in Metuchen, New Jersey, and then shipped by rail to A.O. Smith in Ionia, Michigan. A.O. Smith had improved the manufacturing of the needed fiberglass parts and these Shelby add-ons replaced stock Ford pieces. Over forty years later, this specific car displayed here became the focus of an entire, ground-up rebuild which provides the styling of the original '68 Shelby Mustang with 'Eleanor' design cues combined with the latest technology and performance improvements of a modern vehicle. And...this one is a convertible!
Instead of an original restoration, this '68 rebuild includes a complete modernization of components for reliability, performance, comfort and style while still maintaining the heritage 'look' of the beautifully designed Shelbys.
Back in 2005-2006, this car was originally restored and rebuilt as a modernized Eleanor. After 10 years of care, tweaks and driving, it was time again for the car to be reborn. In 2018-2019, this Texas Mustang was taken back to its roots in New Jersey. A talented team of car builders at Valhalla Restoration & Fabrication (less than one hour away from the original Ford plant in Metuchen, NJ) was tasked with upgrading many of the car's performance components, fabricating and massaging impeccable bodywork corrections, replacing the interior, and finishing it with a beautifully gleaming paint job in Alpine White and Ford Guardsman Blue.
While I handle some build changes/updates and I am also supported by very good mechanics here in Texas, all of the credit for this latest 2020 rebirth goes to Valhalla. AJ and his team of expert craftsmen at Valhalla delivered a professional build in every way.
I was very fortunate to have access to Liz Leggett Photography who handled the majority of the Winter Gallery photo shoot. Liz has honed her talents over many years working with her acclaimed father Jim Leggett (also well-known across the auto photography industry).