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Old 11/04/2004, 03:48 PM   #1
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Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

Given the popularity os Fastbacks thanks to Eleonor: If someone offered you their 1968 Fastback with the same drivetrain as your GT/CS, Would you trade? Please let us know why would you or would not trade?
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Old 11/04/2004, 04:00 PM   #2
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

Remember that some people have termed the Cal Special as a "poor man's (or woman's!) Shelby." Since Shelbys are such objects of desire and ever increasing values, my opinion is that the Cal Special has benefitted and is poised to benefit even more from the astronomical prices. Despite the fact that the fastbacks have a certain allure and are gaining value, I feel the rarity and distinctiveness of the GT/CS has as much, if not more. When you drive it and get the attention that we do, you know you have something "special."
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Old 11/04/2004, 04:20 PM   #3
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

Would I trade my GT/CS for a Fastback? NOPE!! ;D
Since buying my CS back in Feb 04 and the fact that it is a 390 "S" code with 4 spd that makes it pretty rare. Also, with the car being in Central Ohio, not many people here have ever seen one other than pictures. At almost every show I've been to this year I have to carry extra towels with me to wipe off the drool. Add in the factor that from my point of view the fastbacks are kinda like cameros, everybody has one. Not everybody has a GT/CS and to me I like that. There has only been 1 show I've been to this year were we actually had 2 CS's at the same show and they both took 1st and 2nd place. That was my car and a concourse restored small block at our all Mustang show in September 04.

rjw said it very well, "rarity and distinctiveness" of these cars will only raise the bar for them. I have had so many people tell me they wish my car was for sale.


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Old 11/04/2004, 04:22 PM   #4
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

I would say no. I used to have a 67 fastback. It was "cool" looking but I hated driving it. Horrible blind spots because of the fastback. Even with mirrors I almost hit some one when changing lanes. I had to be extra careful when driving that car. For the "cool" factor though the fastbacks are it.

I can hardly wait until I am able to drive my GT/CS..oh well another year or so....
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Old 11/04/2004, 06:14 PM   #5
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

If money was the object sure, fastbacks sell for more. However, as a keeper I'll stick with my GT/CS.

BTW, fastback mustangs were popular long before 'eleanor' was a hit in the movies.
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Old 11/04/2004, 06:31 PM   #6
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

There is no way I would trade my GT/CS for another car, let alone a fast back. I agree with RJW. Plus, very few people can boast that they are an orginal owner.

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Old 11/04/2004, 08:48 PM   #7
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

No, I wouldn't trade either. In fact, I've never been a fan of the early fastbacks. The 69 and 70 sports roofs were the only ones I drool over.
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Old 11/04/2004, 10:39 PM   #8
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

Nope. Part of the reason I bought my GT/CS was due to the Shelby connection/appearance/rarity of the car. A fastback is a type of mustang, but a GT/CS is a breed apart. ;D
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Old 11/05/2004, 08:51 AM   #9
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

The real reason I got Lucy was becuase she looked "Bad ass!" and now that i found out how rare and unique she is she will not leave my hands I mean that. (had 2 people offer 20 Gs for her already)
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Old 11/05/2004, 10:07 AM   #10
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

No go on the trade. I attended the Carroll Shelby show in Dallas, the factory of the Eleanors and spoke to the guys who build them. They explained that manufacturing of the 67 and 68's are going to start again. I don't know the specifics, but I understand some company, Perhaps a Shelby company, purchased all the proper Dies. Again no specifics but understood clearly that the 67-68 fastbacks will be reproduced again for the Eleanors. There are backorders of over 300 vehicles and they don't have enough cars in their warehouse to fill the orders. Additionally, the quality of the cars they are aquiring are getting worse. Total rust buckets ... The VINs will be in the years they manufacture sililar to the VINS that are being provided once the car is turned into an Eleanor minus the original VIN. Crazy story...So based on this information, I would gather from an investment point of view, the CS's will have a higher value.

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Old 11/05/2004, 05:12 PM   #11
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

Maybe they just bought the stamping dies for the parts they keep finding are rusted out. Anyone who is familiar with how unit bodies are produced will tell you just going out and purchasing old stamping presses does not a mustang make. And I won't even get into the liability issues FORD will have if they ever sell the presses they have kept. Pop riveting together repro aces and properly setting up 35 year old stamping presses and spot welding unit bodies together are light years apart. Fun to ruminate on though.
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Old 11/05/2004, 05:42 PM   #12
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

I wouldn't trade mine for a fastback even if cash was thrown in unless it said GT500K on the side. The CS is something that not everyone has. (By the way, mine is now officially in the paint shop). As a side note, the "poor man's Shelby" moniker is usually applied to the Sunbeam Tiger. You can trust me on this.
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Old 11/05/2004, 05:57 PM   #13
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Oops! Typed to fast and didn't hit the R key hard enough. The would be GT500KR in the last post. I should reread before I hit send.
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Old 11/06/2004, 07:39 AM   #14
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

As a side note, the "poor man's Shelby" moniker is usually applied to the Sunbeam Tiger. Steve, what is a Sunbeam Tiger? ???

To answer the original question, I would trade for a very nice original 4-speed, GT, "R"code fastback. :o

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Old 11/06/2004, 11:02 AM   #15
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Re:Would you trade your 1968 GT/CS for a Fastback of same year?

In short, it's a British sports car about the size of an MG with a Ford V-8 and toploader 4 speed in it, that is styled roughly along the lines of a '57 T-bird. It was designed by Carrol Shelby's co. for road racing and 7000 were built by Sunbeam (actually subcontracted out to Jensen to build them) between 1964 1/2 and 1967. The project was cancelled then because Sunbeam was bought out by Chrysler who had fits about selling something with a Ford engine and nothing they had would work. Since Shelby did the original concept and the car was thousands less than the Cobra, it was billed officially as the worlds fastest sports car for under $3500.00 and unofficially as the poor mans Cobra or poor mans Shelby. It was even featured on some opening shots of a show called "Get Smart" (which I never saw) in the mid 60's. Do an internet search for Sunbeam Tiger and you can get a whole lot more info if you want.
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