[RARE FIND] ’68 Shelby GT 350 & GT 500 encounter

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The guys over at Hot Rod Magazine posted an awe-inspiring story this week we could all only dream about. Rich Barnes was towing home a nice rare 1968 Ford Mustang Shelby GT. 350 find home after finding it chained to a carport in Compton. Only to have the car on the trailer attract attention for all the right reasons.

The 68 Shelby G.T. 350 fastback with chassis 8T02J149293-01092 was parked and chained to the carport. Image: Muscle Car Review

The 68 Shelby G.T. 350 fastback with chassis 8T02J149293-01092 was parked and chained to the carport. Image: Muscle Car Review

After delivering a Ford Bronco to a customer Rich thought it would be a fun idea to go on a bit of a road trip in the hopes of tracking down a Mustang he saw in an obscure advertisement. He had spoken with the owner once before. He was reluctant to part with the rare car though Rich took a chance and went on the drive anyway. Rich didn’t realise the nature of Compton and it’s surrounding areas “I didn’t think anything of it until I started driving into the area and saw how depressed and trashed it was.” This would explain why the car was found chained to the car port.

Upon talking to the owner he found out the fastback had the original 302 J-code small-block under the hood, backed by a four-speed and a 9-inch rearend. Somebody had flared the fenders too. They also dropped the suspension and beefed up the stock brakes. It was one of 223 Hertz rental cars. The Wimbledon White Shelby had a little race history. The body was California rust-free. A deal was done and Rich parted with $8,200 and drove off with a nice 1968 Shelby GT350.

The car was complete and did not take much to start and run.

The car was complete and did not take much to start and run.

Now here’s were it gets interesting. While filling up with GAS somewhere outside Reno a bearded gentleman in his 70’s commented that he had one just like it but “it’s a GT500!”. The guy seemed genuine though was reluctant to take Rich to see it despite wanting to sell it.

Once Rich returned home he was straight on the phone and organised to go straight over as soon as possible. Upon inspecting the gentleman’s property Rich, to his amazement, did found the red Shelby GT500 in a shipping container. “We rolled it out and cleared things off, and it really looked like hell,” Rich remembers. “But underneath, the body was in really good shape with little or no rust. He showed me extra blocks, cranks, heads, trannys, and all these other parts that went with the car.”

I’m afraid that’s where the story ends with no mention from Rich if he was able to walk away with yet another rare find.

To read the full story head on over to Hot Rod Magazine. Highly recommended!

Photos and story courtesy of Muscle Car Review

[VIDEO] Classic GT 350 And GT500 Mustangs Take Us Back In Time

It’s been 18 months since Carroll Shelby’s passing and sometimes we just love to be reminded about what the great man helped to build. This video is a perfect example. The GT350 and GT500 were the first aftermarket Mustangs to be offered and both came with powerful v-8 engines.

The sheer rarity and price tags Shelby vehicles fetch these days is a testament to his vision and overall the amazing vehicles he’s left with us.

Enjoy this short but beautiful video.

Road & Track Spend a Day with Classic Recreations’ New Shelby GT350 Mustang

It’s no surprise really that Classic Recreations would dabble with continuation models of the GT350. So when we saw their beautiful 1966 Shelby GT350 prototype on the road we could hardly contain our sheer excitement at yet another wonderfully built automobile. Though now in fully fledged production the car features a 545 HP 427 cubic inch stroker motor, authentic Shelby Performance Parts, rack and pinion steering, race inspired coil over suspension, oversized disc brakes just to begin with. Not bad for a hand built car just a nudge over $100k.

Though what does it go like? We only had to wait until yesterday to find out when the gents over at Road & Track shared their experience with us after returning from a canyon run with the car. And the verdict? Well head over to Road&Track to find out.

This prototype comes with an official Shelby serial number and will be included in the official Shelby American World Registry. The official production run will also be limited to ten cars a year. Don’t miss the auction taking place at the Mecum Auctions during Monterey Car Week this Friday August 16.

Classic Recreations to auction prototype 1966 Shelby G.T.350CR during Monterey car week

Classic Recreations, a bespoke coachbuilder known for its award-winning Shelby muscle cars, will offer a prototype 1966 Shelby G.T.350CR through Mecum Auctions on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:05p.m. (lot number F165) during Monterey Car Week. This one-of-a-kind build is the first 1966 G.T.350 continuation car from Classic Recreations, a company already revered for its popular ’67 Shelby G.T.500CR builds. The Shelby-licensee combines classic Shelby styling cues, such as functional brake scoops, riveted quarter window covers, side exhaust and iconic LeMans stripes with modern technology to create a turn-key supercar with modern performance and reliability and iconic good looks.

The 1966 Shelby G.T.350 is one of the most beloved sports cars ever built and I’m thrilled to contribute to the Shelby legacy.

This first-of-its kind Shelby (serial number SCR350-00P) was built with input and oversight from Shelby Licensing, starting life as an original 1966 Mustang fastback before undergoing a complete ground-up rebuild. Features include a 545hp fuel injected 427 cubic inch (7.0L) small block Ford Racing crate motor, coil-over suspension, power rack and pinion steering and a Tremec five speed manual transmission to add to the modern driving experience. Other features include Carroll Shelby signature rally series 1000 seats, climate control, a top-shelf sound system, a dual-tank Nitrous injection system, bespoke forged three-piece HRE Performance wheels, Wilwood brakes and custom paint. The G.T.350CR prototype comes with an official Shelby serial number and will be included in the official Shelby American World Registry. Full specs are included below.

“The 1966 Shelby G.T.350 is one of the most beloved sports cars ever built and I’m thrilled to contribute to the Shelby legacy”. said Jason Engel, Owner of Classic Recreations. “There is no question that the ’66 holds a special place in the hearts of racing and Shelby fans, but the original cars are now difficult to drive due to their value and antiquated underpinnings. We were able to pair the original design with modern technology for the ultimate driving experience – and this is the very first car in the line.”

After the prototype is auctioned, Classic Recreations will begin taking orders for Shelby G.T.350CRs with a limit of ten each year. More information can be found on www.ClassicRecreations.com and www.Mecum.com.

eBay Find: Rare Sapphire Blue 1966 Shelby GT350 Hertz edition

Little known to all but the hardcore Mustang enthusiast is that the 1966 Shelby GT350 Hertz models came in not one colour but four. The Raven Black we all know and recognise, Wimbledon White, Candy Apple Red, Sapphire Blue and Ivy Green. Only a handful of these color combinations were produced and as such rarely come up for sale or are even seen though this week a nice Sapphire Blue example has appeared for sale on eBay.

In all, only 1,001 of these fastbacks were built for Hertz in 1966. The make-up consisted of 999 units of the following colors: A majority in Raven Black with Gold (Bronze Powder) side and Le Mans racing stripes, 50 Candy Apple Red with side stripes, 50 Wimbledon White with side stripes (as well as several models with both side and Le Mans stripes), 50 Sapphire Blue models with side stripes, and 50 Ivy Green with side stripes.

Not much else is mentioned about the car other than the seller has the original California plates that were on the Hertz rental car and also the Hertz service records for thecar.

Head on over to eBay to check out the auction.

[eBay] Special 1966 Shelby GT350 for Sale

This magnificent example of an original Shelby with a documented and special history is a rare sight these days. This 1966 Shelby GT350 once owned by car enthusiast George Hodges who sadly passed away from lymphoma cancer on Dec. 8th 1993.

The car managed to win the new survivor class at the 1993 SAAC national convention where Carroll Shelby himself was on hand to congratulate George. The car only has 53,700 miles on it and seems to have all original parts.

The seller claims the car has been well looked after and even

For the last 20ish years the car has been kept in a barn [a nice one] in S. Carolina. She was taken out for the typical Sunday drive and has always been maintained in turn key fashion.

Head on over to eBay to check out the full write up but make sure your pockets are deep as this example is priced at a nice $250,000.

[VIDEO] American Muscle Car – Shelby GT350 & GT500

We always love finding TV episodes, documentaries and reviews that cover the Mustang and Shelby Mustang models here at 67mustangblog. And we’re always amazed that more keep popping up which serves to prove that the Ford Mustang, so many years on, is one of the most popular muscle cars around.

This time we’ve come across an episode of SPEEDtv’s American Muscle Car which features the one and only Shelby GT350. The episode gives you the full history of the car and features lots of great stock and racing heritage footage.

If you haven’t seen it already make sure you do! Enjoy

1966 Shelby GT350 SCCA B-Production Race Car

We posted about this last week on our Facebook page but thought it was too good not to share with you all here. You may remember the RM Auto auction that included the rare 1966 GT350R that sold for $990,000. The auction also included this lovely 1966 Shelby GT350 SCCA B-Production Race Car.

The car which competed in the SCCA’s B-Production class throughout the late 1960s and early 70s, winning a 1967 N.E. Division Production BP championship. It underwent a full restoration to include it’s original B-production engine and correct paint work. The car crossed the block at a tidy $159,500.

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[Barn Find] 1967 Shelby GT350 ‘Terlingua Terror’ Brought Back To Life

This is probably the coolest barn find story we’ve ever come across. A genuine 1967 Shelby GT350 that, instead of being restored from the ground up, has not been touched cosmetically. However all the insides, running gear and everything you cannot see have been replaced with new parts to ensure she runs and drives perfectly. The result? A beautiful period car, that is brand new underneath. A car that can lay claim to the old Ricky-racers of times past.

The project can best be described by the guys at Classic Motorsport.

The continuous needling—along with a few beers—led us to form a half-assed plan: How about we leave the outside just the way it is? Some may call it rust and grime, others may call it patina, but we’ll completely fix all the mechanics underneath it and make the car safe and fun to drive.

Everyone at the office loved that idea, and after a few more beers we somehow decided we’d try to get the necessary work done in six weeks. Then, we’d take the newly resurrected Shelby—instead of our Tiger project car—on this year’s Going To The Sun Rally in Montana.

What could possibly go wrong? It’s just a complete chassis restoration on a nearly 50-year-old car that we’ve only owned for a week and driven a total of 8 miles.

Dubbed the ‘Terlingua Terror’ as a tribute to Jerry Titus’s Trans-Am winning Shelby notchback as well as a nod to the fact that the Texas 1000 rally route often includes the Terlingua area of Texas, the car had every mechanical part under the hood and on the chassis restored or replaced with an new one from NPD. The car wasn’t originally fitted with a limited-slip differential so the guys added one in as well as removing the non-original 289 engine and replacing it with a Ford Racing 500 horsepower, 363 cubic-inch engine.

Vintage vinyl graphics were added to the car to increase that ‘used’ look which in our opinion makes the car. The concept of having an ‘original’ untouched car cosmetically has never even occurred to us here. But it has now genuinely thrown a spanner in the works. Anyone have a cheap barn find we can buy?

Mustang Monthly have a great in-depth write up about it by the owner of the car, Tim Suddard. And also check out Classic Motorsports project page which details every step of the project from start to finish. We’ve literally been reading these four hours!

Photos courtesy of Mustangs Monthly and Classic Motorsports Magazine