1969 SHELBY SUSPENSION BASICS

This page will give you a starting point for detailing your car. Keep in mind there were variations on the production line and not all cars were the same. I encourage everyone to do their own research and compare it to what you find here.

If you are going to show the car in MCA Thoroughbred or SAAC , painting natural parts may not be appropriate.

I encourage you to drive your car and enjoy it the way Carroll Shelby intended it to be... Keep in mind, when the cars were new, many of the suspension components would have been rusty, by the time they hit the show room floors!

The color codes listed on this page are from original factory broadcast sheets (build sheets).


The 1969 "concours color coding chart"

Model Transmission Front Spring Front Spring w/AC Driveshaft Colors
350 Fastback Automatic YEL TAN YEL TAN CH LA WT
350 Fastback 4 Speed YEL TAN YEL TAN LB LA RD
350 Convertible Automatic YEL TAN YEL GLD CH LA WT
350 Convertible 4 Speed YEL TAN YEL TAN LB LA RD
500 Fastback Automatic GLD PNK GLD GRY LB DB RD
500 Fastback 4 Speed GLD PNK ? LB OR YL
500 Convertible Automatic GLD GRY GLD GRY LB DB RD
500 Convertible 4 Speed ? ? LB OR YL
Drag Pac Fastback Automatic GLD PNK N/A DB TN WT
Drag Pac Fastback 4 Speed N/A LB RD WT
Drag Pac Convertible Automatic N/A DB TN WT
Drag Pac Convertible 4 Speed GLD PNK N/A LB RD WT


The color codes on this chart are taken directly from factory build sheets for 1969 Shelbys. Other combinations and color codes may exist. If you have a build sheet that shows color codes for those not listed, please email me. Coralsnake68@hotmail.com


1969 Shelby Shock Absorber Information




At the beginning of 1969 production, the shocks were virtually the same as the previous model year. All front shocks were stamped AUTOLITE and painted blue. They were the three way adjustable style. Like 1968, the 1969 shocks were made for Ford by Gabriel.

GT350s received blue adjustable rear shocks.
However, the GT500 rear shocks changed according to the transmission in the car. Automatic cars still used blue AUTOLITE adjustables in the rear, while the 4 speed cars continued to use the black, non-adjustable shocks.





At the very end of March 1969, Shelby began using a white colored shock absorber, with a unique Shelby decal. The front shocks were three way adjustable AUTOLITEs made by Gabriel.

On all GT350s the rear shocks were also white with the same decal. It appears all rear GT350 shocks were the same regardless of transmission.
On the GT500s, the rear shocks were specific to the transmission. The 4 speed shocks were longer and carried a new "C9ZX-18080-B" part number. The automatic shocks have a "C9ZX-18080-C" part number.


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