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July 23, 2019

The 1966 Shelby GT350 – This Would Be A Cool Car To Own

by Mike –

The 1965 Shelby GT350 Mustang is a milestone car for many reasons and the 1966 model may be a better street driver. Both the 1965 and 1966 have a top level collectability rating, with the 1966 version going for prices that are half (or less) than a 1965 version.

1966 Shelby GT350

In 1964 Ford asked Carroll Shelby to transform the Ford Mustang into a race car. He did that and in 1965 the Shelby GT350 Mustang won the SCCA B/Production Class championship. There were 562 1965 GT350s produced: 34 were the race version, 9 were drag racing models, 1 street prototype, 2 race prototypes and 516 street versions.

1966 Shelby GT350

The 1966 model was designated simply a Shelby GT350, not a Mustang. While all of the 1965 GT350s were white other colors, in addition to white, were introduced in 1966 which included: red, green, blue and black. There were 2,367 examples made in 1966 including 999 of the Hertz version (GT350H) and four convertibles.

1966 Shelby GT350

1966 Shelby GT350

The easiest way to spot the difference between a 1965 and 1966 GT350 are the air scoops behind the doors, which are designed to cool the rear brakes, on the 1966 model. The new version also had rear quarter-panel windows instead of vents. Options included the Select Shift 3-speed automatic (instead of the 4-speed manual transmission) and a Paxton supercharger which made the GT350 even faster.

1966 Shelby GT350

1966 Shelby GT3501966 Shelby GT350

The battery was located in the engine compartment instead of the trunk, the fold down rear seats were an option and dual-exhaust exiting the rear was standard. The 1965 models had the exhaust coming out the side behind the doors.

1966 Shelby GT350

They look great, go fast and sound great. Maybe someday I will find one for me.

Buyers need to be careful because it is fairly easy to create a fake GT350. It is important to be sure any 1966 Shelby GT350 you want to purchase is in the SAAC 1965-1967 Shelby Mustang Registry.

Let us know what you think in the Comments.

Carroll Shelby and a 1966 Shelby GT350

Carroll Shelby and a 1966 Shelby GT350

The red Shelby GT350 shown here was photographed at the Carmel Concours-on-the-Avenue this past August.

 

 

1966 Shelby GT350

1966 Shelby GT350 brochure

1966 Shelby GT350 brochure

1966 Shelby GT350 brochure

1966 Shelby GT350 brochure

This GT350 brochure came from the Old Car Manual Project.
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The 1966 Shelby GT350 is fast, beautiful and has a race heritage - what else could you want?
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