The Ford Shelby is a sports car , Muscle car and Pony car variant of the Ford Mustang manufactured by Shelby from 1965 to 1968, and from 1969 to 1970 by Ford . After the introduction of the fifth-generation Ford Mustang in 2005, the Shelby nameplate was revived as a new high-performance model, this time designed and built by Ford
All 1965 GT The 350 were painted in Wimbledon White with blue stripes by Guardsman Blue. Very few GT350s were delivered to the dealership with the optional upper stripes "Le Mans" (or "LeMans"), which run throughout the entire car. Approximately 28% of the 562 1965 cars built had Le Mans stripes. Distributors often added the stripes, probably at the customer's request. 5 Today, it is difficult to find a GT 350 not equipped.
Many 1965 ERT cars had the battery relocated in the trunk, which was exchanged mid-year for gas complaints, and featured over-rider traction bars, relocated A-arms, as well as other modifications. Over-rider drawbars are called that because their design is in the upper part of the leaf spring instead of under them. There was only one transmission available, a 4-speed Borg-Warner T-10 manual. The exhaust system in the 1965 GT 350 was a double side exhaust with glass pack silencers. For this year, the GT 350 also featured 130 "nautical Goodyear" Blue Dot "special tires, named after the prominent blue dot on each side. The 1965 GT
By 1966, the GT 350 lost its Mustang label and was simply marketed as the Shelby GT 350. 6 The new model year also saw the introduction of non-white colors, including blue, red, green and black. Other changes included special rear quarter panel windows that replaced the factory's exhaust vents, functional brake spoons on each side and optional 3-speed SelectShift automatic, as well as an optional Paxton supercharger. The battery was no longer moved to the trunk for 1966, and the over-rider's drawbars were discontinued. The factory folding rear seat was optional. While in the early 1965 cars had black engine blocks, cars from 1966 and later had their engines painted with the usual dark blue factory Ford. The 1966 models come with a double exhaust that comes out from behind.
The first 252 GT 350s for 1966 began as Fastbacks Mustang K-Code of 1965. These cars were specifically ordered by Shelby American for conversion into 1966 GT 350s. After delivery to Shelby-American, cars were randomly selected for conversion. Shelby VINs do not correspond in numerical order with Ford VINs. Ford VINs were sent in 'blocks', but many differ significantly due to the order in which they were taken for conversions.
The total production of 1966 was 1,373 fastbacks, including two prototypes and four drag cars, and the 252 early production models with 1965 Ford Mustang bodies. In order to help the sales of Shelby, Ford, the main shareholder of Hertz , persuaded the rental car giant to buy 1,003 fastbacks, including two prototypes. Four "experimental" GT 350 convertible s were also built for testing purposes in anticipation of a 1967-1 / 2 7 convertible offering a total production of 2,378 units by 1966. A small number of the 1966 models were factory equipped with Paxton supercharger s, but not with the No-Spin differential limited slip ; With an option price of $ 670, the engine was rated at 440 hp.
By 1967, the GT 350 loaded the high-performance K-Code 289 with a basted 'COBRA' aluminum. The GT 500 was added to the lineup, equipped with a 428 in 3 "Ford Cobra FE Series" V8 engine , with two 600 CFM Holley four-barrel carburetors , sitting on a half-height aluminum intake manifold .
The documented plans to introduce a year of convertible average production were filed due to supply, production and financial problems that happened as soon as the first cars began arriving at Shelby's facilities in Los Angeles in September. In October 1966, Ford took control of the engineering and purchase. 11 AO Smith was beaten to repair the fiberglass accessory. 12And quality problems. Six months later, in May 1967, the decision was made to end the California-based Shelby operation. On August 18, 1967, a small staff, along with the remaining engineering cars, was sent to Ionia. The small staff of the newly formed Shelby Automotive, Inc. had substantially less participation after this time.