Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Shelby GT350 Mustang

by Mike

In 1964 Ford asked Carroll Shelby to transform the Ford Mustang into a race car. He did that and in 1965 the Shelby GT350 Mustang won the SCCA B/Production Class championship. There were 562 1965 GT 350s produced: 34 were the race version, 9 were drag racing models, 1 street prototype, 2 race prototypes and 516 street versions.

In 1966 there were 2,367 GT350s made. These have become highly collectable and have increased in value over the years. The GT350 was produced until 1970, however, the 1965 and 1966 are the most desirable and valuable.

I especially like the 1965 "double digit" cars, these are the first 100 produced for homologation purposes. One of these is shown in the pictures below taken at the Palo Alto Concours d'Elegance in June 2007.

This is the important Shelby identification plate located on the left under the hood.

The 1965 GT350 below will be at the Mecum Auction at Kissimmee, Florida on January 26-30, 2011.

This 1965 Shelby GT350 R below will be at the Gooding & Company auction on January 21 & 22, 2011 in Arizona. It has an estimate of $650,000 - $850,000. This is an R model - one of the rare race cars.

This 1966 Shelby GT 350H model is for sale at Fantasy Junction for $115,000. This is a Hertz model that could have been rented from Hertz when new.

This is an advertisement promoting the 1967 Shelby Mustangs using success on the race track to attract buyers.

Click on the images for a larger view.

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