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Ford’s introduction of the Mustang on April 17, 1964 created a huge wave of excitement, however, what the new Mustang did not have was a strong performance image (despite Ford’s attempt to give it one). So Ford turned to their resident performance expert, Carroll Shelby, to create a Mustang that would be recognized as a sports car so that it could compete on SCCA sanctioned road courses across the United States; the result was the 1965 Shelby GT350 and numerous B Production wins and titles. By the time production of 1965 Shelby GT350’s ended in the summer of 1965, 521 Street Production Models and 34 Competition Production Models (aka R Models) had been produced.
As documented in the Shelby American Auto Club Registry, S208 was originally shipped to Lima, Peru where it was purchased by Jorge Nicolini. Jorge and several other gentlemen in Peru were quite interested in Shelbys and racing in the mid ’60’s. As a group, these gentlemen purchased approximately ten Shelbys for road and racing use. At some point S208’s engine was replaced with the engine from Competition Model R211 (one of the Shelbys shipped to Peru and destroyed in a racing accident). S208 was put up for sale by Jorge’s son and imported back into the United States by an American purchaser in 2002. S208 then underwent a complete nuts and bolts restoration that was completed in 2004 and since has undergone additional upgrades and detailing including an engine rebuild to R Model specs in May, 2006.
With few exceptions, 1965 Shelbys were radio and back seat delete. In addition 1) as an early car, S208 also has a trunk mounted battery (with Cobra lettered battery vent caps), and 2) with the change to R211’s R Model engine, S208 is also heater delete. Included among the many original/correct components are the S1MS-9424-A intake manifold, List 3259 Holley four-barrel carburetor, C5OE-12127 FoMoCo dual point distributor, S1MS-6675-A Cobra lettered 7.5 quart T shaped oil pan, Tri Y headers with side exit exhaust, close ratio Borg-Warner T10 transmission (believed to be out of R211), override traction bars, 15 inch Crager/Shelby wheels and Goodyear high performance 7.75X15 blue dot tires. As with all R Model engines, R211’s engine in S208 includes a 360 degree harmonic balancer, flowed and ported heads and an intake with no heater port. In addition, S208 sports the R Model bullet proof cast steel Cobra lettered bell housing/scatter shield and R Model backing plates.