1966 Shelby GT350SOLD

RM Auction - Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island - March 10, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $175,000 - $190,000

$170,500 Sold

400hp, 289 cu. in. 1965 Hi-Po V8 engine by Cobra Automotive, Holley 650CFM model 9510 carburetor, magnesium Borg Warner T-10 four-speed manual transmission, independent and fully adjustable front and rear suspensions, four-wheel heavy duty disc brakes. Wheelbase: 108"

The 1966 Shelby GT350 pictured here was sold new from Ford Advanced Vehicles in Slough Bucks, England as a stock European model GT350. (This was the very place where the Ford GT40 was being built and the same year they would go on to achieve their remarkable 1-2-3 win at LeMans) The Shelby Distributor invoiced the GT350 on January 26, 1966, then sold it on April 29, 1966 to a dealership in Geneva Switzerland.

The second owner, Mr. Daniel Jucker, purchased the GT350 in 1971 from its first owner and would own it for a total of 28 years. He became well known throughout Europe for this GT350, as he attended many local events and drove it frequently on the Alpine roads near Geneva.

In October 1999, Mr. Junker sold the Shelby to a Mr. Charles Rzepkowicz, from Saintry Sur Seine, France. By January 2004, Mr. Rzepkowicz had decided that he wanted to race his GT350 so he had the Shelby painstakingly converted to exact and very complete "R" model specifications. As part of the full-race conversion performed by Burgol Racing in Geneva, the exterior color was changed from the original Candy Apple Red to the Sapphire Blue you see here with white racing stripes and roundels.

The engine is a period correct 289 cu. in. V8 that has been modified to produce over 400 horsepower and is mated to a correct Borg Warner four-speed T-10 manual transmission. The long list of “R” options includes: front bumper valence, fiberglass hood, riveted side window covers, 15 x 7 inch magnesium American racing wheels, lightweight Plexiglas side windows in aluminum frames with pull cords, lightweight Plexiglas aero back window, full roll cage and fire system, competition fuel cell, fully adjustable suspension system and brake upgrades, to name just a few. The GT350 also comes with its original factory gauge cluster showing 89,000 documented kilometers (55,000 miles) as well as a newer “R” model cluster showing under 3,000kms (1,850 miles) since it was converted for track use.

Driven at various events throughout Europe including the 40th Anniversary of the Grand Prix de L'age D'or in Monthlery in June 2004, the car has performed admirably and has been kept in excellent condition. In a recent inspection it was discovered that the Shelby retains all its original, dated, body panels and floors. It was verified by the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) that its Shelby serial number 6S 747 matches its factory given chassis number.

Included in the sale is a massive folio containing documentation and information on the GT350’s history. It comes complete with its FIA paperwork allowing it to compete at almost any track in the world. The Shelby also comes with both its Swiss and French titles from its last two owners. The GT350 may also be titled in the USA in any State if the new owner should choose to do so.

Having spent the last 40 years in the possession of European collectors, this is the first time it is being sold in the United States. There were only 36 1966 Shelby GT350s originally made in full “R” Model configuration. This one has been converted following the strictest FIA standards, which makes it the safer race car today. Eligible for a host of premiere vintage racing events across the country, this example offers its next owner all the prestige of owning an authentic 1966 Shelby GT350, while delivering the spectacular on track performance of the “R” model cars.

Additional Specifications:
Fully race prepared and built by Burgol Racing in Geneva
1965 289 cu. in. 400hp engine by Cobra Automotive
Holley 650CFM model 9510 carburetor
Four bolt main, forged crank and rods, TRW pistons, double roller timing chain,
Fully machined and race prepped 42cc heads with 1.88" intake valve and 1.63" exhaust valve
120-liter fuel cell with two electric fuel pumps
Rear located battery
Performance Distributor high performance ignition
Exterior engine oil cooler
Heavy duty radiator
Auxiliary electric cooling fan
Fresh full open chamber “R” model exhaust system
Magnesium Borg Warner T-10 four-speed transmission
Detroit Locker with limited slip rear end and 3.70:1 ratio
Competition 12" front disc brakes with flexible aviation brake lines
Competition master cylinder 11/8"
Carbon Brake Pads
Big spindle kit and bearings
Aluminum front hubs with ARP studs
Rollerized coil-spring pivots
Racing front springs
Wildwood adjustable proportioning valve
Competition front crossmember
Koni adjustable front shocks
Polyurethane bushings
Shelby R-type upper and lower control arms
11/4" front stabilizer bar
FIA Racing seat belts and Sparco racing seat
Six point steel rollcage by Safety Devices Ltd.
Interior and exterior activated extinguisher system

Reference Number 7411

as of 2/20/2007

Car 1966 Shelby GT350
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