The Shelby Mustangs proved to be very fast
and successful in competition. Like the exotic Shelby Cobras these
extremely powerful sports cars were street legal and were sold
commercially. Though the Shelby Mustangs remained rare, these cars had
started off the "Muscle Car" era of the 1960's: awe-inspiring compact
cars fitted with huge engines which accelerated like rockets and were
the dream car of every American teenage boy. Unfortunately, the Shelby
Mustang became a victim of it's own success: the tremendous amount of
accidents with GT cars, the high insurance rates, the increase in gas
prices and imported smaller cars, the cheaper less refined competition
meant the end for the Shelby Mustang in 1970.
The first ever Shelby Mustang was
introduced in 1965. They were all fastbacks without a rear seat and
the spare tire was mounted under the rear windshield in the back. The
289 was hopped up to pump out 306 hp. All 1965 Shelby Mustangs were
Wimbledon White fastbacks with black interior and Guardsman Blue
stripes. They also featured rocker panel stripes with the GT350 name.
The fuel door wore the pony & tribar Mustang emblem. The engine
was a modified K-code 289 hp (216 kW) Windsor V8 with special "Cobra"
valve covers, tri-Y headers, a special intake manifold and Holley
carburetor increased power from 217 to 306 hp (162 to 228 kW).
The 1965 Shelby Mustang was
actually a tuner sports car from the 1960s. It was a series of Ford
Mustangs which were specially modified by Carroll Shelby's company and
sold as a series. The program was factory-sponsored and production was
eventually moved in-house. The spirit of the series continues today in
the special Mustang Cobra models.
Unique Performance began making the 1965 Shelby G.T. 350 SR Mustangs
in 2004. The cars were built using 1965 and 1966 fastbacks, but modern
engine and suspension technology. The first unit produced sold at the
2004 Barrett-Jackson Auction for $151,200. Unique Performance also
makes 1967 Shelby G.T.500 "Eleanor" replicas.
General Information about Carroll Shelby
Carroll Shelby added a Cobra's bite to
a Mustang's muscle and created a classic.
He dominated the racing circuit in the
�50s then later formed an alliance with Ford that resulted in the
1965 Shelby Mustang GT-350, one of the most sought-after classics
Now, Carroll Shelby has authenticated
every detail of a die-cast replica of one of only 516 GT-A's that
were ever produced.
It took over 175 components to create
a model of uncompromising quality.
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