Shelby Mustang GT350 is Award-winning, Classic Collector’s Dream

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1966 Shelby Mustang GT350

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.

1966 Shelby Mustang GT350

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.

1966 Shelby Mustang Shelby GT350

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.

1966 Shelby Mustang GT350

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.

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Longtime automotive journalist S.J. Bryan has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is an editor with Ford Truck Enthusiasts and regular contributor to F-150 Online, Harley-Davidson Forums, and The Mustang Source, among other popular auto sites.

Bryan first discovered her passion for all things automotive riding in her parent's 1968 Ford Mustang. The automotive expert cut her teeth growing up riding on Harleys, and her first car was a Chevy Nova. Despite her lead foot, Bryan has yet to receive a speeding ticket.

The award-winning former playwright was first published at age 18. She has worked extensively as a writer and editor for a number of lifestyle and pop culture publications.

The diehard gearhead is a big fan of American muscle cars, sixth-gen Ford trucks, and Oxford commas.

S.J. can be reached at [email protected]

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