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Roadside Sighting – 1966 Shelby GT 350H – is it real?
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Roadside Sighting – 1966 Shelby GT 350H – is it real?

I'm not big on breaking traffic law, but when this black and gold Mustang caught the corner of my eye, doing a U-turn across four lanes of traffic for a better look didn't seem like a problem. At first glance, one could understand why any gear head or auto historian might get excited here -- just look at that letter and number combo behind the front tires. G.T. 350H. The stuff of legend. Could this dusty, rusty, Mustang, that my fiancée says has been there for years, be the real deal? Could it be one of 1,000 1966 Shelby GT 350 sent to Hertz as part of the rent-a-racer program? 1966 Shelby GT350H replica Unfortunately, no, I don't think it is my dream barn find, so to speak. There's a few key indicators that say this is a replica, if you can even call it that. The most damning ev...
January 27, 1965 – Shelby G.T. 350 goes on sale
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January 27, 1965 – Shelby G.T. 350 goes on sale

The racing circuit changed forever when sales of the Shelby G.T. 350 launched on this day in 1965. The G.T. was based off of 1965 Ford Mustang Fastbacks that originally left the factory with a 271 HP 289 V8 and a 4 on the floor. Carroll Shelby had the stock vehicles shipped to Shelby American where his team stripped the car of weight. The car then received performance upgrades, such as high-riser intake manifolds, a four barrel carburetor and custom exhaust headers, boosting horsepower to 306.  Original ad for the Shelby G.T. 350Cover photo: 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 by Yahya S. In 1965 Shelby built 562 examples, all painted Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes. In 1966 the cars received updates to attract more general consumers, opposed to strictly track racers. The 1966 G.T. ...
January 11, 1923 – Carroll Shelby is born
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January 11, 1923 – Carroll Shelby is born

Carroll Shelby, race car driver, team owner and car builder, was born on this day in 1923. Shelby is perhaps best known for his role in the creation of the Shelby AC Cobra and the Shelby Mustangs of the 1960s. However, his career spanned decades of racing, engineering and production feats. Shelby’s need for speed was present as far back as the 1930s when he cruised around his high school town in Texas in a modified Willys. After graduation he served in the Air Army Corps during WWII. There he earned his wings as a test pilot and flight instructor. Upon discharge he held positions in the oil fields and on a poultry farm before finally getting a chance to grab the wheel during a professional auto race.  Above: 1965 Cobra 427. By PLawrence99cx CC BY-SA 4.0. Top: Shelby racing an Aston ...
December 19, 2019 – Ford pays tribute to original Shelby Mustang
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December 19, 2019 – Ford pays tribute to original Shelby Mustang

To celebrate the 55th anniversary of the release of the 1965 Shelby GT350R Mustangs, Ford announced today, December 19, 2019, that they will offer a heritage package for the 2020 Shelby Mustang GT350 and GT350R. The option will dress the 2020 version in the original colors of the first Shelby Mustangs, Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes. Aside from receiving one of the most iconic color combos of the 1960s, the package includes a heritage dash plaque and the 350R will receive black seats with red stitching. The limited edition package, which will run you just under $2,000, may all be show, but under the hood you'll find a naturally aspirated, flat-crank 5.2-liter V-8 pushing 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque to the rear wheels through a six speed stick. Come on, it...
Future Collectible – 1989 Shelby CSX
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Future Collectible – 1989 Shelby CSX

Caroll Shelby built many memorable racing and muscle cars. This 1989 Shelby CSX available on Craigslist outside of Seattle is not one of them. At least not yet. Based on the Dodge Shadow and Plymouth Sundance of the era, the CSX (Carroll Shelby eXperimental) was a limited run vehicle badged as a Shelby, which 20 years earlier might have meant something. At $15,000, is this vehicle under or over ripe? The first CSXs showed up in 1987. A mere 750 were manufactured and priced at $13,495, approximately $30,000 in 2019. Not bad for a car with a 175 horsepower four banger turbo that went zero to 60 in 6.8 seconds. Seems slow? The 1965 Shelby GT350 hit the same mark in 6.5 seconds. But that's still like comparing a 1989 Dodge Shadow to a 1965 Shelby GT350, so... The next year, 19...