Unbelievably Rare Shelby GT350 Emerges at 2018 L.A. Auto Show

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Galpin Ford 1965 Shelby GT350

One of 10 1965 Mustangs sold by famed SoCal Ford dealership languished in a garage for 40 years before restoration.

Though the Los Angeles Auto Show is the last major auto show in the United States for 2018, it’s only the first major U.S. show of the international auto show season, which kicked off in Europe back in September. Thus, there’s plenty of new car debuts for us at Mustang Forums to bring to you.

It’s not always new stuff we sometimes find at major shows like these, though. Case in point: this “Barn Find” 1965 Shelby GT350 was mechanically restored by none other than the world’s biggest Ford dealership by volume, Southern California’s very own Galpin Ford.

Galpin Ford 1965 Shelby GT350

Galpin was one of the first Ford dealerships to offer the Shelby GT350 to customers, selling 10 of the high-power ponies for the 1965 model year. Galpin Ford was, in fact, one of the first places Carroll Shelby visited to find the right dealers to sell his stallions, meeting up with Galpin’s service manager (and NASCAR legend) Ron Hornaday to start the process.

Galpin Ford 1965 Shelby GT350

This GT350 was one of the 10 sold in 1965, equipped with a 306-horsepower 289 V8 and Borg-Warner T10 four-speed. After five years on the road, though, the Shelby wound up in a garage for four decades beginning in 1970 after travelling 44,000 original miles. The Shelby returned to Galpin, where the dealer’s Classic Auto Service was tasked with bringing back the pony to road-worthiness while still maintaining the well-worn appearance inside and out.

Following the mechanical restoration, Galpin Ford CEO Beau Boeckmann drove the GT350 300 miles to the Quail at Pebble Beach for its return to the sunny roads of California. Since then, it’s also appeared at the Galpin Car Show, and now, the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.

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