Firefighters Save 1966 Shelby GT350 from Raging California Wildfires

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1966 Ford Mustange Shelby GT350 + Firefighters

Harrowing rescue of a rare Fastback in Malibu shows the unyielding bravery and heroism of the L.A. Fire Department.

A photographer covering the devastating Woolsey Fire in Southern California caught LAFD firefighters rescuing a rare Shelby Mustang from the blaze. In a photo that went viral, Associated Press photographer Ringo H.W. Chu captured a 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback being removed from harm’s way by some truly awesome firemen.

It appears as though the Mustang in question is an especially unique car. If it is indeed a 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Fastback, which it certainly appears to be, it would be one of only 1,400 produced in 1966. An expensive collectors item, yes, but also a pivotal piece of Mustang history.

We do not know the details at this time, but it would seem that the firefighters moved the GT350 moments before being engulfed in flames. This was either to ensure the gas tank didn’t explode, or just help rescue someone’s property. Or maybe the firemen were Mustang fans. Either way, they went above the call of duty to save a beloved car.

Team Shelby Club posted a picture on Twitter showing the GT350 was later spotted safely away from the fire, and spared from sure destruction.

Many thanks to these amazing men and women for battling the flames, as well as saving life, property, and kickass Mustang history.

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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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