1965 Shelby GT350 FastbackSOLD
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Estimate: $300,000-$350,000 US

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $308,000

306bhp, 289 cu. in. V8 engine, four-speed manual transmission, heavy-duty rear suspension, front disc and heavy-duty rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 108"

Following its highly successful launch, Ford knew that its sensational Mustang pony car needed something more in light of the new Barracuda and the upcoming competition in the form of the Chevrolet Camaro and Pontiac Firebird.

Ford had an ace up its sleeve – a big one, by the name of Carroll Shelby. After all, Ford had an excellent “ track ” record with Shelby American; the 289 Cobra, King Cobra and Daytona Coupe were all putting Ford in the winner ’ s circle.

Ford called on Carroll Shelby to build a special version of the Mustang that offered more power and pizzazz, while being able to win races if called upon. After the first three prototypes were built, delivered and approved, Shelby American ordered partially completed Mustang Fastbacks from Ford ’ s San Jose assembly plant. In agreement with SCCA regulations, all Shelby American GT 350 Fastbacks were delivered as two-seaters. A fiberglass deck replaced the rear seat and became an ideal location for mounting the spare tire with a vinyl cover.

The 1965 Shelby GT 350 pictured here was originally delivered to Tampa Bay, Florida in the classic Shelby colors of Wimbledon White with Le Mans Guardsman Blue Stripes. It should be noted that only two hundred Shelby GT 350 Fastbacks were originally shipped with these stripes from Shelby American in 1965. The GT 350 has been fully documented and authenticated by the Shelby Register and includes the original dealer ’ s order form and Shelby ’ s dealer invoice.

The Shelby GT 350 Fastback was completely restored and its straight, rust-free body rolls along on original 15- inch Cragar five-spoke wheels with Carroll Shelby center caps. The Ford 289 cubic inch V8 engine and four-speed Borg-Warner T-10 transmission were rebuilt to the original high performance Shelby and Ford specs. The engine, with its four-barrel Holley carburetor, lightweight tubular headers, and straight-through Glaspak 2-inch diameter mufflers, easily produces the expected 306bhp.

As one of the original 521 Shelby GT 350 Fastbacks built, this lovely example features all the standard features such as a fiberglass hood with pin-lock hold-downs, special grille, wider wheels, a re-engineered front suspension and beefed-up rear suspension, a limited-slip differential, disc brakes up front and heavy-duty rear drum brakes, etc. in fully restored condition. The interior, like the rest of the car, is in like new condition and contains all the usual and expected Shelby features such as an instrument pod at the center of the dashpad consisting of a tachometer and oil pressure gauge, a wooden steering wheel with a Cobra logo center cap, and Ray Brown competition seat belts.

The 1965 Shelby GT 350 was designed to keep winning in the showrooms and on the racetrack. It did both admirably and continues to do so for enthusiasts right to this day. Or, as Motor Trend magazine stated in their 1965 road test, “ We recommend it as a sure cure for all strains of boredom ” – a statement that certainly still applies.

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as of 7/25/2007

Car 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback
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