1969–1970 GT 350 & GT 500
| Shelby GT 350|
|Assembly||Los Angeles, California|
|Body style||2-door fastback|
|Engine||351 cu in (GT 350)|
428 cu in (GT 500)
|Wheelbase||108.0 in |
|Length||187.4 in |
The GTs lost their Cobra tag for 1969 and once again were marketed simply as Shelby GT 350 and Shelby GT 500. The GT 350 and GT 500 for the 1969 model year received an extensive face lift, the body alone increasing in length by 4 inches (100 mm). Ford was heavily involved with design and style decisions, with Shelby having very little input. The GT 350 was now equipped with a 351 cubic-inch V8. Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford in the summer of 1969.
No production of 1970 Shelby GT 350 and 500 models was actually undertaken, however partially constructed 1969 cars were completed from stock of parts and given 1970 serial numbers. The 1970 models had no styling or mechanical changes from the previous model.A total of 286 were produced.
Even though production of Shelby GTs had ceased, a small numbers of 1971 and 1972 models were produced on the request of Belgian Shelby dealer Claude Dubois. Shelby agreed to build 14 1971/1972 Mustang based models which were marketed as the "Shelby Europa" and sold only in Europe.
The 69-70 Shelby Mustang
The 1969-70 Shelby Mustang represents the evolution from both Shelby and Ford. By 1969, the production Ford Mustang was redesigned as a larger and more luxurious model. Many special models made available by Ford themselves which directly competed with previous Shelby upgrades. However, these cars did not stop Shelby from moving forward with his '69 Mustang, but marked the end of Ford and Shelby's cozy relationship.
Leading up the seventies, Shelby focused more on their road going conversions such as the 500GT. Production R-code Mustangs in from 1968 forward featured the new 428 Cobra Jet engine having 280hp. Along with the package came front disc brakes, a functional ram-air scoop which served as a good basis for the 1970 Shelby Mustang 500.
More than ever before, the 1969-70 Mustang featured comfort and convenience. Options such as an AM-FM stereo radio, tilt steering and Ford air conditioning were now available which were always deleted on the earlier 350 Mustangs. Interior appointments were very similar to the deluxe interiors delivered by Ford. Shelby installed a functional roll bar and a wood-rimmed steering wheel.
The car was powered by Ford's Super Cobra Jet 428 V8 engine, geared through a C6 automatic transmission and a traction-Loc limited slip rear axle. The drag pack included this differential, an engine oil cooler and 427-type connecting rods.
Due to their heavier weight, seventies styling and lack of race program, the '69 and '70 Shelby Mustangs have been overshadowed by their earlier counterparts.