Build Your Own 1968 Shelby GT500 KR (With Paper….and Glue)

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 (the creator of our model) made a video that will walk you through the assembly process.

Papercruiser via BlueSpringFordParts

[eBay Find] Two Owner 1968 Shelby GT500KR

It’s always amazing to see a vintage Shelby up for auction and even better when it has only had one or two owners. This is one of those cases. Though before you start reaching for the checkbook be sure to check the fine print.

This 1968 Shelby GT500KR unfortunately has had some damage in past that looks to have been fixed and sprayed over. Though what’s more sigh worthy is that the original Ford Cobrajet 428 engine has been replaced and is “long gone” It’s a shame really. We really want to love this car.

The seller is asking for $90k and while we could see that could be fair for an original example with matching engine we just cannot see this one going for that kind of money. Prices for 1968 GT500KR’s appear to have fallen off a cliff around 2009. In 2001 a 9000 mile unrestored survivor that was displayed at SEMA sold for $250k (with buyer’s premium). While a GT500KR in a similar condition to this example (Condition4) averages now at $84,500 according to Hagerty Valuations.

1968 Shelby GT500 KR value change over time.

1968 Shelby GT500 KR value change over time.

While on the GT500KR subject take a moment to relive this vintage road test video from 1968.

eBay Auction Description

Up for auction, this Awesome, Vintage! 1968 Shelby GT 500 KR mustang has been in long term storage for a number of years. Purchased by the original owner Alfred Jones who was an airline pilot in Miami Florida in 1969. Now owned by the second owner who has had the car since 1983. This KR has had one repaint along with some slight front end damage that was repaired many years ago. The repaint is old and is in ok condition. There are some occasional ships and scratches but nothing catastrophic. The numbers matching motor is long gone and it is unknown at this time about the transmission. It is a complete running car but will need motor work as the compression is low in # 7&8 cylinders and they do not fire.

The undercarriage is in original condition with factory undercoat. There is some slight surface rust and slight damage to the frame rails, floor pans and underside of this car, but nothing catastrophic. The front suspension/ brakes are of OEM equipment and old. More recently a new fuel tank and carburetor rebuild were done to get the car up and running. This is when we determined the missing cylinders and that the engine was not running properly and that the transmission was having trouble going int second geer. At the time that the car has been running all of the gauges, headlights, wipers and yes even the swing away steering wheel still works!

This is a great Shelby platform to rebuild the body is super clean, no signs of heavy collision or body rust and comes with a lot of new parts. Plugs, wires, cap, rotor, air cleaner snorkel, oil filter, belts/ hoses, brake booster, battery cables/ bat tray/ tie down, weather striping, kick panels, visor chrome, tail light covers, jack/ handle, heater core, rocker chrome, rear valance, lower control arms, fan shroud and so much more, just ask me. I have the Marti report/ documentation and more pictures upon request. There is no guarantee or warranty on this vintage Shelby so please call and ask as many questions as you like. Best regards, Rich 303-931-5412. I deal with a shipping broker and can get you a wholesale price!