1970 FORD Mustang Shelby GT-500- Portland, OR Print
Written by Double Dragon
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 17:19

1970 FORD Mustang Shelby GT-500- Portland, OR


Writing copyright D. S. Brown, photography copyright Scott Scheel

70 mustang shelby gt500 scott portland front dr

This beautiful freshly refurbished 1970 Ford Mustang Shelby GT-500 came up for sale on CRAIGSLIST with a set of great photos and documentation tracing its history before it was restored in 2013 and 2014.

70 ford mustang shelby gt500 tonkin purchase agreement

The GT 500 was bought from Marv Tonkin Ford in Portland, Oregon. To see a story about Marv Tonkin see the OREGON/ PORTLAND section of the DEALERSHIPS category of this website.

70 ford mustang shelby gt500 scott build sheet

The build sheet shown is a bit tricky to read but it lists the features on this car. Its a bit easier to read the summary provided on the Marti Report shown below.

70 ford mustang shelby gt500 scott marti report

The Marti Report tells us that this Shelby fastback was built May 2, 1970 which is 10 days ahead of the scheduled build date of May 12, 1970. The Marti Report states that the car was sold May 8, 1970 which agrees with the original purchase order shown further up the page.

The Wimbleton White Shelby came with black vinyl highback bucket seats and a 351- 4 barrel engine.

The performance options were FMX Cruise-O-Matic transmission, 3.25:1 ratio Traction Lock differential, Goodyear Brand Name Tires, Tachometer and trip odometer, Power front disc brakes, and Power steering.

Other options included Sport Deck Rear Seat, AM radio, Tinted glass- complete, Deluxe belts/ warning light, Heavy duty battery, and Visibility Group.

70 ford mustang shelby gt500 scott pass front

On the original order form it requests a change of color with the note: "paint Jade Green". The car is currently shown as of 2014 when it has obviously been restored to factory specifications as a Wimbledon White car again. In this image you can see how deep the offset of the front wheel inner dish. Modern wheelmakers can create an authentic looking factory style mag wheel but offer 15 inch diameter rims or wider offsets than originally available back in the day. This allows an owner to maintain a correct looking car but to fill out the wheelwells a bit more and increase traction without resorting to the modern big wheels and low profile tires which simply look incongruous on a 1970s car.

70 ford mustang shelby GT500 scott portland title

Original owners Scott and Carole lived in Portland, Oregon at the time they bought this 1970 Shelby GT 500. It was first registered March 16, 1970. The undercarriage of the Shelby in 2014 can be seen in the picture below following the restoration.

70 ford mustang shelby gt500 scott undercarriage

The car is now located in Vancouver, Washington which is just North of Portland, Oregon where it originated from. Vancouver is a few minutes drive over the Columbia River.

70 ford mustang gt 500 scott interior

The interior has been redone. Note the clock in the passenger side dash board. Early Cougar XR7s used to place the oil gauge over on this side of the dash, then the XR7 and Mustangs in 1969 got it organized with essential instruments in front of driver and clock in front of passenger.

70 ford mustang shelby gt500 scott owner manual

The GT 500 comes with all the original paperwork and owner's manual.

70 ford mustang shelby gt500 scott rear

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