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1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 Race Car

Posted by WindingRoad about 1 week, 2 days ago
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This 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 was converted into a B-Production race car circa 1997 and has since been campaigned with both SVRA and VSCDA. It is one of 1,356 street cars produced for the model year and was sold new at Milo Brooke Ford in Chicago, Illinois. The car remained in the same area with the first five owners before being acquired by the late owner on BaT in December 2016. Just 255 GT350s that were finished in the Sapphire Blue seen here, and both the Shelby VIN and Ford VIN have been verified to match factory records by the Shelby American Automobile Club. Power is provided by a built 306ci V8 mated to a close-ratio Toploader 4-speed manual transmission, and additional race preparation was performed earlier this year. The original K-code 289ci V8 and T-10 manual transmission are included, and this GT350 is now being offered on behalf of the late owner’s estate with Shelby documentation, an SVRA logbook, many removed original parts, and a Wisconsin title.

Per the previous listing, this car had been repainted white with blue stripes by one of the first three owners, but remained largely stock until then. The fourth owner converted the car to a B-Production racer and had Randy Rupp and Tory Oestreich of RT Restoration refinish the car in its uncommon factory colors. This GT350 is believed to be one of just 255 examples finished in Sapphire Blue, fewer of which were also optioned with white LeMans stripes.

The car was stripped to the bare shell for the race build, and the factory doors, fenders, and hood were removed, boxed, and stored in an effort to preserve the original components. Work was completed in 1997, and the car was then campaigned regularly with a number of vintage racing groups across the Midwest.

15×8″ American Racing Torq Thrust wheels have Goodyear racing slicks mounted. The seller notes that the bodywork around the wheels was showing signs of wear when the last owner took possession, and the fenders were smoothed and repainted to address the issue. Additionally, the car was given a full race set-up by former by former Indy Car Rookie of the Year and chassis engineer Tom Bagley.

The stripped interior features a full roll cage that was built by Yard Racing. Other safety modifications include a Kirkey aluminum race seat, a Simpson harness, a FireBottle fire suppression system, and an ATL fuel cell that is mounted behind a metal firewall at the rear of the car.

Autometer gauges are currently installed, though the seller notes that the factory gauges were boxed during the build and are included in the sale. A Cobra Automotive leather-wrapped Moto-Lita steering wheel and quick-release hub are equipped along with a Hurst Indy shifter.

Power is currently provided by a 306ci V8 that was built by George Forge/Motor Masters using a Boss 302 block and 11.7:1 compression to produce a dyno-verified 428 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque. An SVRA Engine Certification Form is included in the sale and is also on file with the SVRA as required for vintage race eligibility.

Power runs through a Ford Toploader 4-speed transmission that was built by Mike Miles using a high-nickel close ratio gear set, Tilton blow-proof twin disc clutch, and 3” steel driveshaft. The combination runs to the original Ford 9” rear axle, which has been fitted with 4.11 gears, a Detroit Locker, and Mark Williams axles.

The modified suspension is comprised of 700 lb front coil springs, 170 lb rear leaf springs, a custom Panhard bar, Shelby over-ride traction bars, Cobra Automotive HD spindles and hubs, upgraded front strut rods, a negative wedge kit, and adjustable Koni shocks. The front brakes utilize 4-piston Lincoln calipers and the rear brakes have been converted to discs. A Wilwood master cylinder, driver adjustable brake-proportioning valve, and stainless steel lines are also present.

The Shelby American VIN tag, Shelby VIN stamp on the passenger’s front fender apron, and all hidden Ford VIN stamps reportedly remain present on the car. The previous owner had the vehicle verified by the Shelby American Automobile Club, with photo viewable in the gallery.

Factory parts that were retained during the initial build include the original 289ci K-Code engine, the Shelby-specific T-10 transmission, original chrome magnum wheels, interior components, and a number of exterior trim pieces.

An SVRA logbook is included in the sale along with documentation from the engine build and the letter from the Shelby American Automobile Club. The seller notes that the car has been used only for non-street use since the race build in 1997.

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