Although every generation of Mustangs has its devotees, most classic car enthusiasts would tell you that the first generation is still the one to beat. With unmistakable lines, aggressive profiles, and performance that could put nearly all contemporaries to shame, first-gen Mustangs helped usher in the muscle car movement, instantly earning them a rock-solid spot in American automotive history.

There are more than a few notable first-gen Mustang cars, including the Shelby GT350 and GT500—but today, we’re taking a closer look at one particular GT500 KR that’s currently being raffled off to one lucky winner by The Cobra Experience. Below, we’ll explain exactly what makes this car so desirable—and how you can put yourself in the running to win it.

Shelby GT500 KR Side Profile

The Origin of the Shelby GT500 KR

Once Carrol Shelby retired from racing, it wasn’t long before he turned his attention to producing limited-production cars. In 1965, he gave us the first Cobra—the original Mustang GT350, which boasted a 289 cubic inch 4.7L Windsor K-Code V8 engine and 4-barrel Holley carbs.

Then, in 1967, we got the first Mustang GT500. The GT350’s Windsor engine was swapped out for a 428 cubic inch 7.0L Police Interceptor V8, and the center of gravity was lowered—creating a car that was even faster than it looked. But the best was yet to come.

One year later, Shelby unveiled the GT500 KR (King of the Road). It was an audacious name for a car whose niche was by that time becoming increasingly competitive, but it’s also hard to argue that the car didn’t earn its title.

Shelby GT500 KR with open hood

Shelby GT500 KR with open hood
Key Shelby GT500 KR Specs & Details

The 1968 GT500 KR featured a 428 cubic inch Cobra Jet V8 engine, which is widely recognized as one of the best ever made. On paper, it only put out 335 HP—20 less than the Police Interceptor V8 from the GT500—but in reality, the stock model of the KR offered closer to 435 HP, with 440 lb-ft of torque to boot.

That kind of insane power demanded a striking appearance, which Ford delivered with aplomb. Two mean-looking intake scoops gave this Mustang an aggressive, sporty edge, and delivered air to the ravenous 735 CFM four-barrel Holley carb under the hood.

Optional side-stripe paint with GT500 KR lettering and a candy-apple red color scheme so delicious you might be tempted to try taking a bite out of it allowed this car to be one of the best-looking vehicles of its era (or any other, as far as we’re concerned). And luckily, the model currently up for grabs via The Cobra Experience comes with both of those details.

1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 KR side stripe and paint job

1968 Shelby Mustang GT500 KR side stripe and paint job

The lucky winner of this beast also gets a 3-speed automatic transmission, a supple leather interior in classic black, and almost no rust to deal with. That’s because the car has had only two previous owners, has never left Northern California, and has been stored safely in a garage when not being driven. It’s also been completely restored—leaving it in immaculate shape for a 53-year-old car, and making it quite possibly the best remaining

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By: Graham Miles
Title: Win an Original 1968 Shelby GT500 KR
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Published Date: Tue, 31 May 2022 02:09:58 +0000