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1966 Shelby GT 350 Fastback
Fully documented 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Fastback Coupe. We
have the original owners manual, invoice, window sticker, and a current
verification sheet from Shelby American. This car has been signed by Mr.
Carroll Shelby as well.This is chassis no. 6S2372 ordered in black with
the rear fold-down seat. The Shelby Serial # is SFM6S2372. This is a
rare opportunity to own an authentic 1966 Shelby G.T. 350 Mustang still
equipped with its 306 horsepower 289 hi-performance engine & 4 speed
close-ratio manual transmission. This was a big step up from the "K"
code's horsepower rating of 271 horsepower.
The Shelby Identification plate is affixed in place. The Shelby cars
were assigned their own specific numbers. The Shelby serial number
matches the Ford serial number as verified by the Shelby American
Automobile Club's (SAAC) Shelby American factory records.
This car was originally delivered to Jack Loftus Ford in Hinsdale,
Illinois. It shipped out in June, 1966. The original window sticker
details the factory and Shelby American specific options this Shelby
Mustang was ordered with. The new price was a substantial $4,537.25
including $39.25 transportation charges. A "new" 1966 Fastback Mustang
without the Shelby G.T. 350 package was just over $2600.
Many of our photos of this 2+2 GT350 were taken at the historic
Dallas Love Field Frontiers of Flight Museum, located only minutes from
Shelby American provided GT350 buyers with their own specific
owner's manual as a supplement to the standard Ford Mustang manual.
The High Performance 289 engine has been rebuilt to its correct
Shelby specfications. The engine has not been overbored. New pistons and
gaskets were installed at the time of the rebuild. Further inspection
of the engine compartment will confirm the high performance aluminum
intake and Holley 715 cfm carburetor, also rebuilt. The firewall, inner
fenders, and core support are beautifully detailed. This car was
meticulously restored and it shines throughout the build.
Note the holes on the rear inner fenders. These were for special cooling ducts to feed cool air directly to the rear brakes.
This car was completely disassembled to bare metal. We have an album
chronologically detailing the restoration with over 700 photos.
This amazing Shelby Mustang showcases a professional nut & bolt
rotisserie restoration. We have over 700 photos of the restoration
process from start to finish, with some examples shown above.
This spartan interior features Shelby optioned Competition seat
belts along with the correctly affixed tachometer mounted at the ready
on the dash.
1966 Mustang received a revised instrument cluster. Ford's optional
deluxe steering wheel was standard in the Shelby Mustang with a G.T. 350
logo in the center.
This Shelby is also optioned with the fold-down rear seat. Unlike
the 1965 models, versitile rear seat equipped versions could not only
compete at the race track, but carry your family on the street.
The 1966 Mustang was far removed from the Mustang's humble
introduction in 1964. 1966 would be the last year of the original
Mustang fastback, although sales of the fastback were down 50% from
1965. The 1966 Fastback Mustang's alone are sought after by collectors
and entusiasts alike. The top optioned 260 cubic inch V8 was replaced
with the 2bbl 289 and two optional 4bbl. equipped 289s. Shelby continued
to massage his G.T. 350 package with improved horsepower, functional
asthetics, and suspension upgrades. The G.T. 350s dominated the race
tracks through 1965 into 1966. In 1966, Shelby American built a total of
2378 G.T. 350s. New color choices were also offered in 1966. This high
performance Mustang was ordered in Raven Black with Shelby Rocker Panel
Functional air scoops were added to the '66 model G.T. 350's to
improve brake cooling with special duct work feeding the brakes fast
C-Pillar sail panels were removed and replaced with triagular windows, another Shelby styling signature introduced in 1966.
The 1966 Shelby Mustang's used fiberglass scooped hoods for the
majority of the G.T. 350s. Latter production '66 Shelby's were fitted
with these near identical steel hoods due to customer quality
The undercarriage has been meticulously restored from bare metal on a
rotisserie. The flooring has been coated in the correct red oxide
Standard wheels on the latter cars were the painted 14-inch steel
wheels with the 10-spoke aluminum Shelby wheels as options. This car
rides on the Magnum 500 wheels with the original 5-spoke wheels still
available for the car (see above.) The current tires are B.F. Goodrich
Radial T/As sized at P205/70s with the optional 5-spoke wheels fitted
with these vintage Goodyear Blue Stream tires sized at 6.95-14s.
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