We would all love to drive, let alone own a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR. But for those who aren’t so fortunate there’s still a way we can all have one…only a bit smaller.. and made from paper. And whilst this reminds us of the amazing full size paper 1969 Mustang from a few years ago this one is just a bit smaller. Small enough for your desk.
Back in 1968, Ford produced a fairly limited number of Shelby GT500 “King of the Road” Mustangs. Conservatively rated at 335hp, the Shelby GT500 KR easily produced more than 400hp. With a 428 Cobra-Jet engine, a fiberglass hood and trunklid for weight savings, and a serious number of extra air scoops and vents, an all-original 68 Shelby GT500 KR with matching numbers is seriously valuable.
A red 68′ just like our model sold for $110,000 at the 2014 Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, for example-and if the numbers had matched, it might have sold for a lot more.
If you’re like most of the people working here at Blue Springs Ford Parts, an original Shelby GT500 KR is probably a little outside your budget. Fortunately, there’s an affordable alternative: a paper version of this most famous Mustang. All you need is a printer, a hobby knife, some glue, and this free PDF.
How To Build Your Own Classic Shelby Mustang
If you want to build your own model, here are some suggestions:
1. Download the PDF here
2. While you can use any printer, the model will be a little easier to assemble if you print on some heavy card stock
3. A hobby knife (like an X-Acto® knife) and a crafter’s cutting pad make carving up your model a little easier
4. Regular old Elmer’s® glue is pretty much exactly what you want – no special adhesives required
5. A black marker can color the edges of the paper used to create the tires, and a red marker can color the edges of the paper used on the rest of the model (as needed)*
*Be sure to test each marker on some plain white scrap before using it on your model
Finally, Jesse at PaperCruiser.com (the creator of our model) made a video that will walk you through the assembly process.