The 1969 Shelby looked very different from the 1969 Mustang with fiberglass fenders, hood, and rear cap which made the Shelby three inches longer than the already elongated 1969 Mustangs. The hood was fastened with five recessed NASA-type hood scoops. The leading edge of the hood ended with a chrome strip that wrapped around the grille to meet the thin Shelby chrome bumper. A second chrome strip formed a wide mouth on the grille between the headlamps with Lucas driving lights mounted just below the bumper. The Shelby GT side stripes were wider, centered vertically, and ran the entire length of the car. The rear brake body side air scoops were wider and mounted in the center for the convertible but higher and similar to the 1968 for the fastback. In the rear, Thunderbird sequential taillights were used and a spring-mounted license plate frame that hid the fuel cap. Early in the year, the dual exhaust tips ended just inches below and to the right and left of the license plate. Later they were moved further out, and earlier cars were recalled due to a fire hazard. All of Ford's Grabber colors were available as well as the 1968 Shelby colors. All GT-350s got Ford's new 290hp, 351 cubic inch V8; while the GT-500s got the 1968 GT-500 335hp, 428 cubic inch, Cobra Jet V8. In the fall of 1969, Shelby decided to stop making Shelby GT, and about 789 remaining unbuilt stock cars were sold as the 1970 Shelby.
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|Bright Yellow (grabber yellow)
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|Shelby GT-350 290hp V8
|Shelby GT-500 335hp V8 Cobra Jet
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