John’s original sketch of the 1968 Shelby Mustang

I will be expanding this page over time. Right now let me tell you how I met John Chun.

I was at a local car show in the summer of 2011 hosted by the local GTO club. It was their annual Classic Muscle Car Show. It was a 100 degrees. I was lucky to be suffering the heat on the shady side of this garage the Shelby’s were parked at. Next to my Shelby was parked a Blue ’67 GT500. The original owner had brought it. He and I were swapping lies and stories when this small, Asian fellow walked up to me. Here I am in Chanhassen, MN, and this Asian guy walks up to me and says something that sounded like “I designed that car..” I imagine the look on my face probably told him that statement surprised me. So he said “come here” and I followed him to the rear of my Shelby. John pointed at the rear end, “65 Thunderbird Taillights. I picked them out.” Ok, anyone that knows specifics about Shelby Mustangs could know that. So I started asking him lots of questions about the 68 Shelby Mustangs. He knew more answers than I had questions. Ok, who is this guy? Once my cup was empty so I could listen to him John told me about applying for a job posted at the design school he was attending in California. Seems Shelby American was looking for a designer with engineering experience. That was John. He was hired in 1967 to finish the ’67 cars and design the ’68 Shelby Mustangs.

Someone told him he should attend this car show, that he might run into some of the cars he helped build at Shelby American. That day there were about 6-7 Shelby Mustangs lined up next to mine. John told me that when he was doing these cars NO one even thought that any of these cars would still exist 50 years later. Disposable cars. So he was not connected to the hobby until about the time he came to that car show. His wife came with him. She was carrying a shopping bag that was full his John’s Shelby American stuff like a work shirt, his employee badge, T-shirts, etc.

I ended up meeting with him a number of times just to listen to him tell his story. I recorded the conversation. I will transcribe them now that I have a place to put this words. Real interesting guy. I will post some other info and pictures as my tribute to John.

The first time I went to their restaurant to talk with John I decided to surprise him with a gift of a book I had multiple copies of that included my Shelby. What was more unique about this particular book is it Muscle Car book, and not just a Mustang book. And also on the pages was a picture of a Plymouth Superbird. John told me putting that huge wing on the back of a Charger was his idea. He was delighted.

Link to pictures taken at the 4th of July parade with John

I asked John to sign my Dashboard when I took him in my Shelby at his home town’s July 4th parade. This is where I burned up my clutch trying not to run over the marching band in front of me.