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Designed for homologation in SCCA production B class, the ultra popular Mustang fastback was transformed into the ultimate weapon by Mr. Carroll Shelby and his band of renegade “hot rodders” holed up in Southern California. Having achieved unprecedented success with the Cobra, Ford Motor Company asked the Shelby American team to “warm over” the Mustang and give it the ultimate high performance image. Still sporting all the unique accouterments found on the cars manufactured along side the legendary Cobras at the Venice CA assembly plant, including trunk mounted battery, Cobra steering wheel, and center dash gauge pod. In addition, fitted with the optional Cragar mag wheels and dealer added Le Mans stripes, this Shelby is the true embodiment of American hot rod ingenuity and high performance accomplishment. For those fortunate few who have driven a GT350, many have remarked to few experiences being more visceral. Few restorations embody the statement of “cost is no object” better than 5S176. A stunning restoration to Concours standards almost 15 years ago, it has graced the same southern California collection for many years. Awards and accolades are too numerous to list however most noteworthy was the ultimate complement of being awarded Best in Show at the prestigious Newport Beach Concours d’ Elegance. In addition the regal awards pedigree, this GT350 also has a long and interesting history as detailed with the Shelby American Automobile Club. Board member and acknowledged “Chief Kahuna” of SAAC, Rick Kopec campaigned this very Shelby in the 1979 edition of Brock Yates infamous Cannonball Baker Sea-to-Shining Sea Memorial Day Trophy Dash. Outfitted for the event with radar detection equipment, CB radios, the first customary two hours were done in a record 20 minutes. Pulled over for doing 120 mph in New Jersey, Mr. Kopec allegedly was then arrested and jailed for a variety of violations. Fortunately, 48 hours later the team did arrive in Los Angeles, behind the winning car at just under 33 hours, to receive a special award from Mr. Yates commemorating the experience and the distinction of being the only participant to that date accused of a felony running the Cannonball Significant publications continue to the present day to feature 5S176 including: Automobile Quarterly, Mustang Illustrated, and several posters and manuals.