This identification / buyers guide has been written for those interested in the 1967 Shelby GT 500. The 1967 Shelby GT 500 is seen as one of the most desirable, if not the most desirable American production sports car in history, due to its motorsport success, and cult status derived from the 'Gone in 60 Seconds' movie remake. The 1967 GT 500 was produced in fastback form only, however, there was one 1967 GT 5080 convertible prototype made. This convertible is considered particularly special as it was technically the last Shelby Mustang convertible car to come from the Shelby American Inc. factory.

As the 1967 Shelby GT 500 can effectively be recreated from a standard 1967 Mustang fastback, accurate identification of these cars is particularly important. Below, relevant information is provided for the GT 500, including interior and exterior features, as well as detailed engine and chassis number identification criteria.

19767 Shelby Gt 500 statistics:

Numer Produced: 2,050 (Including 2,048 standard fastbacks, 1 notchback concept, 1 convertible prototype).

Period of Manufacture: 1967

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1. Exterior Features - 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

The 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500 had the following external features, which provide a good starting point for the identification of a genuine car.

General Body Features:

  • Front hood scoop / air intake.
  • Air scoops on the upper and lower rear quarter panel, with the lower scoops actually functional on early 1967 cars.
  • Fibreglass bootlid with spoiler.
  • Long/broad tail lights taken from the 1967 Ford Mercury Cougar (minus the chrome trim).
  • A unique grill with two central 6 inch high beam spotlights under the fiberglass bonnet extension. Note, some GT 500's had lights placed further apart due to individual state regulations.
  • Additional hood pins/lock down cables were added to the hood.
  • Some 1967 GT 500's had 3" exhaust tip extensions. Others used the quad exhaust extensions from the GT Mustang.

Badging and decals:

  • G.T. 500 rocker panel stripes down the side of the car
  • Cobra front grille emblem and front fender emblems, a rear bootlid emblem
  • Shelby Cobra petrol cap cover.


  • Standard wheels are steel rim with wheel covers.
  • More common wheels are the 15" X 7" Kelsey Hayes steel wheels or the 15" X 7" cast aluminium Shelby ten-spoke wheels.
2. Interior Features - 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

The 1967 Skelby GT 500 had the following interior features listed below. Please refer to the images for a better understanding of these descriptions.

  • GT 500 came with the Deluxe Mustang interior, in either black or parchment
  • A two-point roll bar (some early cars had a four-point) which anchored a pair of inertiareel harnesses.
  • All cars came with the rear fold-down seat,
  • 140mph speedometer and 8000rpm tachometer.
  • The oil pressure and amps, which were both additonal Stewart Warner gauges, were mounted in a special housing found underneath the dash.
3. Original Paint and Interior Colours / Codes - 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

The 1967 Shelby GT 350 came in the following paint colours / codes:

  • Bronze Metallic (Code: 1 / Ford Code: M2066 / Ditzler Code: 22749)
  • Dark Blue Metallic (Code: 2 / Ford Code: M1903 / Ditzler Code: 13076)
  • Raven Black (Code: A / Ford Code: M1724 / Ditzler Code: 9000, 9300)
  • Wimbledon White (Code: M / Ford Code: M1619 / Ditzler Code: 8378)
  • Medium Metallic Grey (Code: 6 / Ford Code: M1900 / Ditzler Code: 32485)
  • Dark Moss Green (Code: Y / Ford Code: M2039 / Ditzler Code: 43567)
  • Lime Green (Code: 7 / Ford Code: unknown / Ditzler Code: unknown)
  • Brittany Blue (Code: Q / Ford Code: M1624 / Ditzler Code: 12843)
  • Candy Apple Red (Code: T / Ford Code: M2008 / Ditzler Code: 71528)
  • Acapulco Blue (Code: D / Ford Code: M3077 / Ditzler Code: 13357)
  • Silver Frost (Code: 4 / Ford Code: M1901 / Ditzler Code: 32520)

An example of each colour has been provided with the attach images, along with a Ditzler colour chart. Again, this information is courtesy of

4. Chassis Number - 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

The Ford Mustang Shelby G.T. 500 will have two relevant chassis numbers, one being a Shelby VIN, and one a Ford VIN. Their form and location are outlined below.

Shelby VIN/Serial/Chassis number:

A basic 1967 Shelby GT 500 VIN is as follows :67400F2A00001 (subject to the below decoding)

  • (67 = Year / 4 = Engine (4 = 428ci) / 0 = Transmission (0 = 4 speed, 1 = automatic) / 0 = Base vehicle component (0 = base vehicle, 1 = Ford air conditioning, 2 = Thermactor exhaust emission, 3 = air conditioning and Thermactor exhaust) / F = Body style (F = fastback) / 2 = Exterior colour code (See the letter and colour codes available under ID requirement #3) / A = Interior trim (A = Black, U = Parchment or White) / 00001 = Consecutive individual unit number between 00001 to 3225


Location on body:

  • The stamped Shelby ID plate is located on the driver’s side inner fender panel, where the there is a slight cut out in the fender (see image). It is riveted to the inner fender over the Ford VIN.
  • Secondly, the Shelby VIN is stamped on the passenger side inner fender, halfway between the firewall and radiator (the fender usually needs to be removed to see this).


Ford VIN/Serial/Chassis number:

The correct Ford VIN for a 67 GT 500 Fastback will generally be in the following format:7R02Q XXXXXX

However, please note that the VIN on many of these cars (especially the early vehicles), doesn't indicate a "Q" engine code as the 5th digit of the VIN.

  • 7 = Model year  1967 / R = Assembly  Plant (San Jose) / 02 = Body Code (2-door fastback) / Q = (428 Police Interceptor motor) / XXXXXX = Individual consecutive Ford production number (each model year, each assembly plant begins production with the number 100001 and continues for each unit built).


Locations on body:

  1. Stamped into the driver's side inner fender panel; at the cut out point underneath the Shelby VIN plate.
  2. Stamped into driver's side inner panel at the rear edge of the suspension tower (Need to remove fendes to see this).
  3. Stamped into passenger side inner fender panel, at the rear edge of the suspension tower (Need to remove fender to see this).
5. Engine Number - 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

Ford used an FE 428 Police Interceptor engine for the 1967 Shelby GT 500.

Unlike the GT 350 cars, the Ford VIN was not actually printed / punched on the engine block, therefore making it difficult to confirm whether the engine is in fact the original for that particular vehicle. However, it is possible to confirm the correct type of engine is installed in the car, simply by identifying the casting marks on the block.

A 1967 Shelby GT 500 will have a casting prefix on the engine block of C6ME. See images for a better description of the typeface and location of this casting mark.

The presence of this number should confirm that the motor is a 428 motor.


6. Mechanical Features - 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500

The 1967 Shelby GT 500 had the following mechanical features:

  • 428 Police Interceptor engine.
  • Twin four-barrel 600 CF/M Holley carburettors (Front carby #R2804, rear carby #R2805).
  • Aluminum Cobra intake manifold (casting #S2MS or #S7MS).
  • Oval Cobra finned air cleaner which.
  • Matched Cobra Lemans aluminum finned valve covers.
  • An extremely small number of more powerful 427 Medium Riser V-8s were installed at the factory or at the selling dealer.
  • Front Brakes: 11.3" Kelsey-Hayes discs.
  • Rear brakes: 10 x 2.5" drums.
  • Mechanical adavance dualpoint distributor.
  • Toploader close ratio four speed gearbox.
  • 9" ring and pinion diff, 3.50:1 ratio. (optional Detroit locker rear end or Traction Lock LSD)
  • Goodyear Speedway tyres.