1966 Shelby GT350 The 1966 model, essentially a wolf in sheep's clothing, is considered to be the best of the GT350 series. This particular car, with a Paxton Supercharger, was ordered in Guardsman Blue with optional Wimbledon White stripes, special wheels, and a folding rear seat. Although delivered as a street car, the owner wanted a more powerful, lighter, better handling version: a car that would be drivable on the street, but could smoke the competition at track days. Using the GT350R racecar as inspiration, this Shelby was upgraded using new factory "R" parts. These included a fiberglass front hood and valance, a roll bar, and a Plexiglas rear window. The rear bumper and rear seat were also removed to save weight and an "R" fiberglass package shelf installed. Like the R cars, the battery was moved to the trunk to improve weight distribution and a Fuel Safe fuel cell installed in place of the stock tank. Three Moto-Gage instruments were added under the dash to monitor oil temp, oil pressure and water temp. For added safety, Simpson 4 point racing seat belts and a fire extinguisher were installed. Canepa Design has refitted the car's original bumpers and replaced the Plexiglass rear window with the car's original factory glass -- but the GT350R front valence and Plexiglass window are included with the car. The other stock Shelby parts originally removed -- the gas tank, back seat, carburetor, springs and shocks -- are also included in the sale. Looks are nothing without the horsepower to back it up. The 289 V8 has been upgraded with a large competition oil pan, a rare Ford "X" intake manifold, and four Weber 48mm down draft carbs (as used on the Ford GT 40). Windsor heads replace the stock units and Hooker headers have been installed for better breathing. The engine has been totally balanced and blueprinted and is running a solid lifter competition cam. It produces 370+ horsepower. The engine has only 5,000 miles on it since the rebuild and upgrade, mainly on the street and at a few SAAC track days. To get all the new power to the ground a limited slip differential was installed along with Torque Thrust alloy wheels and BF Goodrich Comp TA R1 235-60ZR15 tires. Competition shocks, stiffer springs, and bigger anti-roll bars were also installed to improve the handling. At home on the track in vintage or SCCA racing, this unique Shelby is also a spectacular performer on the street. It would make an ideal participant in one of today's great automobile tours like the Colorado Grand. It's in excellent condition and has been personally signed by Carroll Shelby. Copies of the original Shelby sales documents are included with the car. History This car was ordered by Webster Ford of Caruthers, California, on March 30, 1966. It was shipped to Webster on April 14, then returned to Shelby American in Los Angeles on April 16th. The car was then re-ordered by Stark Hickey Ford of Royal Oak, Michigan on July 18th, 1966. The car was then purchased new by Marv Line of Grand Rapids Michigan. Subsequent owners are: Minus Carr (MI) Ted Baird (OH) Ken Hunt (PA in '92), Mark Smith (MA in '02), Richard Aten (FL in '05) -- Shelby World Registry About the 1966 Shelby GT350 For 1966, Peter Brock, the GT350 designer, made subtle modifications that improved both the aesthetics and the capabilities of the car. Intake scoops were added to force cooling air to the rear brake. The C-pillar sail panel louvers were removed and replaced with triangular windows. Four color options were added to give the Shelbys a little extra flavor, and a folding rear seat was now offered. This allowed the cars to continue to qualify for SCCA racing, while providing a little more versatility around town. These new options helped Shelby sell 2378 examples in 1966. Stock Performance: 306 Horsepower, 330 Ft-Lbs @ 4200 RPM Stock Weight: 2789 lbs

Year:  1980 or older
Miles:  30 000 - 34 999
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