Classic Car Overview
One of the first pony cars fast and sporty (and with lots of horsepower under the hood) was of course the iconic Ford Mustang. Introduced in mid-1964, it quickly became a best-seller. Only problem, it was considered a bit small, and lacking the full-throated power that buyers wanted. Fords Lee Iacocca felt that he could increase sales with more powerful engines and better handling, and in searching for a solution, he approached Carroll Shelby. Iacocca wanted Shelby to prepare and campaign the Mustang as a B Production SCCA racer (Sports Car Club of America). The first Shelby GT350 Mustangs were brutes in their own right. Their hot 289 power plants would rev freely, all the while making that sweet solid-lifter sound that is music to the ears of so many of us. The Shelby GT350R version was a brute in everyones right. The horsepower was bumped up again from 306 to in excess of 350, just because the engine was so willing to comply. The extra power also virtually ensured its credentials for serious competition. The R-model had the heart and soul of a world-class GT car on the racetrack and was literally created expressly for the Sports Car Club of Americas B-Production class. The first Shelby GT350 Mustangs were brutes in their own right. Their hot 289 power plants would rev freely, all the while making that sweet solid-lifter sound that is music to the ears of so many of us. The Shelby GT350R version was a brute in everyones right. The horsepower was bumped up again from 306 to in excess of 350, just because the engine was so willing to comply. The extra power also virtually ensured its credentials for serious competition. The R-model had the heart and soul of a world-class GT car on the racetrack and was literally created expressly for the Sports Car Club of Americas B-Production class. Repeating his proven Cobra approach, Shelby first built 100 examples of the GT350 street model to qualify it as B Production car, then built a smaller series of racers (two team cars plus 34 customer cars). Given the go-ahead by Ford in August 1964, the Shelby American staff had only until early 1965 to develop the two models, arrange for the necessary parts to be made, and get the race cars into competition. Chuck Cantwell was the project engineer, Ken Miles did the mechanical development, and Peter Brock designed the graphics. During the last week of 1964, Fords San Jose plant shipped Shelby American 110 specially built Wimbledon White notchbacks in incomplete form; most of their distinctive GT350 modifications would be accomplished in the Venice shop. To qualify the GT350 for SCCA production racing, as Ford had requested, Shelby had to build at least 100 street-legal examples in time for the 1965 season. For him and his busy employees, many of whom were by then deeply involved with 427 Cobra and GT40 work, developing an entirely different car for the street was far more difficult than creating a car for the track. After all, they had to satisfy not only themselves but their client, Ford Motor Company. In the case of the GT350, Shelby American was working on a production model with myriad options, and no doubt Ford was eager that these cars-aimed at a range of influential high-performance customers-would meet its usual quality standards. Our client in 2006 acquired this fantastic Mustang GT 350 K Code, originally a restored Black exterior, black interior, 4 speed K Code Mustang Fastback. with low mileage of only 14,xxx miles, he also has complete history going back to original owner who drag raced this car at which time he blew up the original 289 HIPO engine! Transforming this 1966 K-Code/GT into a 1965 Shelby GT350 R-Model tribute car in 2012-13. Using the same K-Code platform given Shelby, searching out and installing vintage and licensed reproduction R-Model parts, and performing every Shelby modification with a bit more fit and finish than was allowed by the production deadlines in 1965 produced an as-raced in 1965 near-exact tribute car. Fantastic Clear Coat Urethane Paint Over A Rock Solid Rust Free Body, Fully Functional Carol Shelby Gauge Package, Smooth Shifting Tremec 5 Speed Transmission With Performance Clutch And Pressure Plate. Rolling On Magnesium Style Aluminum 5 Spoke Wheels Wrapped With Good Year Blue Streak Sticky Tires. All original parts removed from the K-Code/GT are packaged and shelved. Some of these valuable parts include: the original 4-speed top loader transmission, original driveshaft, original Autolite 4100 4V Carb rebuilt by Pony Carbs, original K-Code exhaust and intake manifolds, original radiator, original hood, original rear and side glass, original rear quarter side vents, original pony interior with Rally Pac, and original styled steel wheels with dual redline radial tires.