Ford Mustang Shelby GT350
One of the very first GT 350 models to race, the 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 was the first ever Mustang designed by Carroll Shelby. Shelby has been the driving force behind the staggering success of the Cobra series and Ford approached him to create the next generation of Mustangs for the street and the track. The high-performance Shelby variant of the Mustang ended up being the model that ultimately defined the future of Mustangs in terms of performance as well as styling. The very first Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 was launched in 1965 and the model remained in production till 1970. Only 562 units of the model were made and the classic remains popular amongst car collectors till day today.
The 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 was originally offered with a modded 289 cid Hi-Po K-code V8 unit that was mated to a T-10 4-speed special aluminum Borg-Warner manual transmission that boosted the engine’s output to a staggering 306 hp @ 6000rpm. Two-inch Glasspak mufflers were fitted onto the side-exhaust pipes and the powertrain included a special Cobra-sourced hi-rise intake manifold, Cobra valve covers and a Holly carburetor. The 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 accelerated smoothly from 0-60 miles per hour in 6.6 seconds and featured a top speed of 138mph.
The interior of the 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 was designed keeping in mind the fashion of the post war era and featured bucket seats, an optional bench seat, a choice of radios, a center console and air conditioning. A popular trim package offered on the model was a "pony interior" or the Interior Decor Group trim package that offered interior styling in contrasting (Black and White) or complementary (light to dark shades of the same color) color finishes.The original model featured a black-only interior with a special instrument cluster, three-spoke wood-rimmed steering wheel and competition seat belts. The 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 came sans a rear seat because of SCCA B Production regulation and the space at the back was covered with fiberglass flooring with the bottom of the rear glass housing the spare tire.
The 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 was offered in a single exterior paint option- Wimbledon White with a striking blue side stripe, and optional LeMans stripes in Guardsman Blue that ran down the center of the body. With a functional hood scoop, the fiberglass hood of the car made it something of an icon on the road with the driver’s side of the grille featuring a coveted tri-colored running horse logo. The 15-inch wheels on the 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 were offered in a choice of cast magnesium Cragar Rims and white-painted steel. The GT350 name was proudly touted on all rocker panel stripes.