Shelby Mustang GT350 is Award-winning, Classic Collectors Dream
With a colorful history, pristine appearance, and high-performance capability, this is a one-of-a-kind Shelby Mustang from the ‘Golden era.’
We spotted this 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 for sale at Gateway Classic Cars and we knew immediately it was something truly special. Yes, we might be biased, the Mustangs from this era do tend to make us especially weak in the knees, but this classic Shelby comes with a history that makes it all the more desirable. Who says there’s no second acts in American lives? This Shelby has lived, and still has miles to go.
The 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350, VIN #SFM6S2185, was manufactured in Los Angeles, California in June 1966. According to the Shelby American Automobile Club’s Shelby Registry 1965-67, the Guardsman Blue GT350 with iconic Shelby stripes was then shipped to Courtesy Motors in Littleton, Colorado. In the 1970s, the Mustang found its way back to California, where it was owned by detective who used the car as an undercover vehicle. We like to think it was a hard-boiled gumshoe helping a Jane in a jam.
From 1979 on, it was owned by collectors who took great care to keep the car running and looking so beautifully. In the 1980s, the Mustang was in a number car shows, including Shelby American Automobile Club-6 and the Palo Alto Concours D’Elegance.
From 1987 to 2013, a private collector took ownership and undertook a painstaking restoration. The hard work paid off, as the restoration garnered numerous “Best of Show” awards, including perfect scores from both the Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC), and the Mustang Club of America. The Shelby was also featured in several magazines, with Super Ford magazine naming it “Best Shelby of the Year” in 1989.
This Shelby Mustang still has mostly original parts, including the factory-installed four-speed transmission, and matching-numbers 289 Hi-Po V8 modified to Shelby specs to make 306 horsepower. It has been upgraded with a Cobra aluminum intake with Holley carb, Tri-Y headers, Koni shock absorbers, rear traction bars, 15-inch wheels, dash-mounted tachometer, competition seatbelts, and wood steering wheel.
This is truly a clean, cool, and exceptional Mustang, and one that has a fit a lot of life in its years.