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Vehicle to be offered for Auction sale August 17th – 19th, 2017 at Russo and Steele’s 17th Annual Monterey, California Auction. Please contact us for more information.
The Shelby Mustang performance muscle car was first built in the 1960’s. It was originally a series of Ford Mustangs which were specially modified by Carroll Shelby’s company. The program was factory-sponsored and production was eventually moved in-house.
This Shelby GT350, SFM6S250, was one of the 252 so-called carryover ’66 Shelbys, that were built from late 1965 Mustangs using the ’66 grille, quarter windows and GT instrument panel, among other details. They retained the performance features of the ’65 cars and command a substantial premium in today’s market.
In 1966 the Shelby GT350 was equipped with a 289 cubic-inch V8 engine that produced 306 horsepower. An optional bolt-on Paxton supercharger increased horsepower by 46% to an estimated 360 horsepower. The fastback C-pillar vents were replaced with Plexiglass quarter windows. The side air scoops were functional and allowed air to flow to the brakes which kept them cool. The hood was comprised of fiberglass but partway through the year it was replaced with a steel version due to customer complaints about weakness and lack of quality.
The only color offered for the interior was black. Other interior items were the competition seat belts, roll bar, and GT 350 center cap found on the steering wheel. This example is one of 2,377 Shelbys built in 1966 and one of 1,368 non-Hertz Rent-A-Racers.
This 1966 Shelby GT 350 was acquired from the original owner in 2012 and was subject to a bare metal restored in 2016. It is equipped with the original 289 motor and the transmission has been replaced with a Tremac 5-speed for improved drivability. The original goes with the car. This Shelby GT 350 has the original motor and sheet metal that is was born with. The Shelby GT 350 is an icon of American racing and this is an opportunity to acquire a quality restored no-questions example.