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To his legions of fans, the late great Carroll Shelby requires little, if any, introduction. Following a stellar racing career which included overall victory at Le Mans with Aston Martin in 1959, he went on to even greater fame during the 1960s and beyond as America’s most famous maker of high-performance automobiles. Through it all, his best-selling project of the 1960s was the original GT350, conceived and built to homologate Ford’s new Mustang for SCCA road-racing competition and humble archrival Chevrolet’s Corvette in the process.
The GT350 was immediately successful on both counts, exemplifying Ford’s “Total Performance” campaign with three straight SCCA B-Production championships from 1965 through 1967 while conferring a virtually unbeatable high-performance image on the trendsetting new “ponycar”. Several revisions for 1966 successfully maintained the basic high-performance essence of the GT350 while making it somewhat less demanding on its drivers and passengers.
Verified by Howard Pardee, the Shelby American Automobile Club’s 1965-66 GT350 Registrar, this 1966 Shelby GT350 – numbered SFM6S1747 – is handsomely finished in Sapphire Blue with Wimbledon White stripes and has been restored using New Old Stock parts wherever possible. The engine is a 289 High-Performance K-Code block, with the donor Hi-Po VIN and “K” stamped above the oil pan rail. Both the block and Hi-Po cylinder heads are date-code appropriate 6A for the build of this Shelby.
Great care has been taken to maintain a factory-stock appearance under the hood. It has original “Buddy Bar” casting valve covers, a date-code correct dual-point distributor, factory-original Holley 4-barrel carburetor dated 622, original S2MS intake manifold, reproduction “Tri-Y” headers, and a new 1965-style side-exit exhaust system. The undercarriage and suspension are highly detailed.
The transmission is a cast-iron Borg-Warner T-10 four-speed, with the casting date appearing to be 1/20/66. Other correct drivetrain items include a correct C5DA bellhousing and the original 9-inch differential case, which is date-coded 6B23 and has the original case tag C6ZX 8B / 3.89 660 925. The driveshaft was rebuilt with a new tube and it was rebalanced and detailed. Other features include Koni shocks, original Traction Master under-ride traction bars, original front and rear springs with date code C4ZA 5556S, rear springs dated 16 6, which translates to the 16th week of 1966. New Old Stock upper and lower control arms and restored Ford tie rods were also used throughout. White Post Restoration rebuilt the original Kelsey-Hayes front disc brake calipers, proportioning valve, and master cylinder. Other items include original front spindles and brake rotors, while sintered metallic brake shoes combine with original 10-inch rear brake drums.
Highly correct, well detailed and handsomely presented throughout, this 1966 GT350 is sure to be attractive to Shelby marque enthusiasts. As such, it will provide an exceptional driving experience and enduring collectability.