Only six were built.
Chances are you won't see something like this on sale again for years. The simple reason why is that just six examples were built and collectors, needless to say, aren't exactly anxious to part with them. This is a 1970 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible and it's currently up for sale on Bring A Trailer. Only 335 GT500 convertibles were built for the 1969-70 model year, and just a few were painted in Grabber Yellow. What's interesting is that every one of these GT500 convertibles was originally a '69 model but unsold examples were assigned new VINs by Ford and sold as 1970 models.
Compared to the '69s, the '70 model years featured a couple of cosmetic changes: a front chin spoiler and two black hood stripes. There were some other emissions-related changes like a modified carburetor. But the fact this one is a convertible is what collectors are after. Heck, even today's Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is coupe-only.
Other cool features found here include a fiberglass decklid spoiler, quarter panel extensions, and side scoops. It should be noted that the driver's side mirror actuator isn't working, though we're sure it can be fixed. The white soft top even sports an original factory-ordered glass rear window.
Under the hood lies a 428 Cobra Jet V8 with 355 horsepower when equipped with the four-barrel carburetor. That power is sent to the rear wheels through a three-speed Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission. The interior is also period-correct with its black vinyl and Clarion knit seat inserts, as well as an original Pioneer AM/FM eight-track stereo. The three-spoke steering wheel has the familiar Cobra emblem and behind it is a 140 mph speedometer.
All told, the five-digit odometer shows 93,000 miles though total mileage isn't known. What's particularly cool is that the sale comes with a dealer invoice that shows the car's original price was $5,425.29. There's also a factory order sheet and owner's manual. As of this writing, the highest bid was $62,500 though several days remain until the auction ends.
Those who desire to own a piece of Mustang and muscle car history and have the funds to do so, this Mustang Shelby GT500 is a no-brainer. It'll likely be a while until another one comes up for sale.