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Genuine Original Documented R-Model GT350
Of the 36 “R”-series Shelbys built, two were prototypes and the rest were production models. The R-series were very special cars, with serious modifications that made them very different from the already formidable GT 350. “R” cars included the famous wide “Le Mans” stripes and a fiberglass front apron that replaced the bumper and upper and lower valance panel. The rear bumper was removed and Plexiglas side and rear windows were added. Aluminum panels replaced the original Ford door panels; aluminum was also pop-riveted in place of the rear quarter vents.
Early cars’ stock front seats were pulled in favor of a one-piece fiberglass unit. Standard production seats were used on later cars, as it was understood that the purchaser would most likely choose a competition seat of their preference. The dash pad on the “R” cars was replaced with a bezel holding the speedometer, tachometer and other gauges. A four-point roll bar was installed and a fiberglass rear shelf replaced the rear seat. There were body modifications to both the front and rear fenders, and to the inner fenders, as well. The hood was the same one-piece fiberglass unit used on production Shelbys, but on the “R” cars, the only hood lock was the klik-pin hood pin arrangement. Similar pins were used on the trunk.
Under the hood, the motors were “breathed on,” with heads ported and polished to Shelby race specs. Motors were balanced and blueprinted, special headers were fitted, and a Holley 715 carb was installed. These modifications bumped output to 350 horsepower. Stock gas tanks were replaced with 34-gallon units and an electric fuel pump (two in some early cars) was fitted.
It should be noted that as each car was built, running changes were incorporated, so you shouldn’t expect each “R” car to be the same as the next. Some cars carried custom specifications: 5R535 was fitted at the factory with Weber carburetors, and 5R096 had the Le Mans stripes deleted.
SFM5R535, is one of five competition Shelbys sold new to Peru, where Sr. Benito Lores of Lima was the original owner. The “R” in the fifth digit of the Shelby serial number denotes a race version; street cars carry an “S” in this position. The car was reportedly raced twice by the second owner, Pity Block, also in Peru. The third owner, Sr. Humberto Requena, of Piura, Peru, reportedly broke the block in a race in 1967. He is said to have kept the car for 10 years before an unidentified Peruvian resident became the fourth owner, and used 5R535 as a street car. In 1982, yet another Peruvian, Sr. Brazato Vichic, owned the car before it was sold in 1984 to two Americans, Richard Cohen and Gary Nufer, who restored the car. The 1997 edition of the Shelby American World Registry lists four additional owners after 5R535 returned to the US, including collector/dealer George Stauffer.
Chasis #535 was extensively rages and was one of 3 Shelby R Models that came back to the United States in 1984 purchased by Richard Cohen and Gary Nefer along with 213,530 chasis numbers 211 and 540 claimed to have been destroyed by the owners of the Peruvian National Team.
Although all 3 vehicles were in tired shape Chasis #535 was the only “COMPLETE” and functioning vehicle of the three.
Shortly after its arrival back to the United States Gary Nefer Sold the Vehicle to Mr. Geroge Illet a collector in Denver, CO. which liked the vehicle but elected to have Mr. Walt Hane in Evergreen Colorado restore the vehicle back to new-concours condition. Some changes from originality were injected because Mr. Gillet was going to use it in some vintage race events. Example now has fire system, fuel cell and some minor upgrades for safety and durability.
Being Mr. Walt Hane was the 65 &66 national champion he was the perfect choice for the job of setting the vehicle up as well as knowing how they were in their day for restoration purposes. About the time the restoration was being completed Mr. Gillet Loat the vehicle in a business dealing with a bank. Were the vehicle was later sold off with a group of vehicles to collectors choice/ r. Morrision.
Currently on of the BEST QUALITY R MODEL SHELBYS available if not the BEST CONDITIONED one out of the 37 R MODELS MADE!!