1967 SHELBY TRANS AM MUSTANG
Car number 7R01K2xxx06 knew it was special the moment it's build sheet was printed up. That K in the VIN meant it was a High Performance job. Plenty of K code fasbacks had been built, and most of those were destined to become GT350s. But being a coupe meant it was amongst an even rarer group of '67 Mustangs, one of only 450 or so K codes built that did not become GT350s.
But wait a minute.....what's that DSO number on that build sheet? Shelby American? A coupe being sent to Shelby, just like the fastbacks? What gives? As it went down the line, getting all the HiPo and GT pieces, but no radio or heater, or any seam sealer or sound deadener....hey wait a minute...am I gonna be a race car?
Sure enough, 7R01K2xxx06 was one of a group of 26 K code coupes ordered by Shelby American to be turned into FIA Group 2 Sedan race cars. These cars were to be raced in the year old SCCA A Sedan and Trans Am race series. The rules for these cars were based on the FIA Appendix J, which meant 4 place sedans with all the interior and glass intact, but with race motors and brakes and wheels and tires.
There is evidence that this particular car was kept by Shelby during 1967 and never raced. It was then sold to Pierre Plassart of Hollywood in late 1967. Pierre intended to race the car but ran out of funds, so in June of 1968, the car was sold to Joe Kramas, owner of KodeKey Electronics of Concord California.
For the next 3 years, the car was raced extensively in SCCA regional
races (placing third in points for 1968), and also entered in
several National Trans Am races at Riverside, Sears Point, Laguna
Seca and Pacific Raceway in Kent Washington. By 1970, the car
was becoming out matched by the likes of Parnelli Jones and George
Follmer in the Bud Moore Boss 302s, and Mark Dononhue in the Sunoco
Camaro. In 1970, the car was sold to Jerry Meinekie, who continued
racing the car in local SCCA events and schools.
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Some time later the car was sold to Gary Gebelein, who apparently used it for dirt track oval racing, based on the condition of the car when it was "discovered" in 1987.
When found, the car was heavily modified with huge fender cutouts and massive rollcage. The car was in need of a total restoration The decision was made then to try and restore the car to "as delivered" 1967 specs, as opposed to as raced in later years. This required no small effort on the part of Paul Parslow who found the car, as there was (and still is) very little documentation on these special cars. Over the next several years Paul found all the previous owners of the car, except for Pierre Plassart, and fully documented the history (with photos) of the car.
We purchased the car from Paul in 1996 when he ran out of steam and we were looking for something to do. It took us over a year to complete the restoration, and the car was returned to combat at Sears Point in May of 1997.
From there the car was entered in the 1997 Monterey Historics, which was a salute to Carroll Shelby and his cars. In 1998, the car returned to Kent, now called Seattle International Raceway for a vintage event, and then Portland where the car was gridded next to none other than George Follmer driving the ex-Parnelli Jones Bud Moore BOSS 302. This is *vintage* racing at it's finest: Real cars and real drivers, running on the same tracks as in old days.
Some people think these rare and valuable cars should be sitting in museums. They may be right. But driving them on the tracks is way more fun, and really shows the cars the way they were. Sure they get a little rough around the edges, but that can always be painted. The thrill of seeing these cars on the track is worth it.
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