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Ford Shelby Mustang 1966: the poster car

1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT-350 S

Rae Simpson of the Taranaki Mustang Club from New Plymouth in New Zealand submitted these pictures of a wonderful 1966 Shelby Mustang GT-350 S, residing in New Zealand since 2002. It's owned by Graham Snell and as the legend goes it was this car that appeared on one of the original factory posters of the 1966 Shelby Mustang.

1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT-350 SIt's car number 349 from the 1966 model year (VIN number 6S349) which was sold on December 10, 1965 to Hi-Performance Motors Inc. in California. Factory installed options were Le Mans racing stripes, rear seats and an automatic transmission.
Amazingly the original invoice that went with the delivery has survived to this day. Hard to believe these days that it only took 3,637.00 US Dollars to buy this car!

1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT-350 SSince it was delivered this car has had 6 owners in the US, amongst them Keith Harvery of Performance Automotive Warehouse and Craig Conley of Paradise Wheels. It still is in largely unrestored condition and retains its originally numbered engine, transmission and rear axle set-up.

1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT-350 SThe 1966 model was in a way a softened version of the uncompromising racing-oriented 1965 model. It had smaller wheels, a more standard front suspension, easier to install traction bars and the limited slip differential ("Detroit Locker") and Koni adjustable shock absorbers had moved to the options list.
New was the automatic 3-speed transmission option for those who didn't want the Borg-Warner close-ratio 4-speed manual gearbox. With the automatic transmission the original Holley four-barrel was replaced by a standard Ford Autolite carburettor. But even then it remained an excitingly quick sports car with a 0-60 mph (0-96 kph) acceleration in 6.9 seconds and a maximum speed of 132 mph (212 kph).

1966 Ford Shelby Mustang GT-350 S engine with Paxton SuperchargerIn this case automatic transmission was modified by Shelby into a heavy-duty version. In the rear this car still has the over-axle traction bars of the 1965 model.
A later performance addition (very likely by former owner Craig Conley) was the Paxton Supercharger, which is the blue item shown on this picture of the engine. It was an original Shelby option for the 1966 GT-350, however only 11 were originally sold by Shelby with this option. The supercharger boosted the power output of the engine from 306 hp to about 400 hp, which made the car seriously fast.

A great car that deserved a special page, I'm sure you'll agree with me.

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