Shelby GT350 Tribute
There's a reason Shelby Mustangs cost so much, and it's not the paint job. From the high-winding 289 small block to the tight suspension, to the all-business interior, this 1965 Ford Mustang GT350 tribute closely re-creates that kind of excitement at a fraction of the price. A great cruiser with all the right looks, this fastback is a head turner of the highest degree, and after spending the last 30 years in warm and sunny Texas under the tutelage of a careful owner, it's ready for a new driver that craves vintage excitement.
We all know that Ol' Shel was building cars this beautiful out at his airport workshop, and the look is instantly familiar. Blue with white stripes (we think the current shade on this fastback is a little light to be called Guardsmen Blue, but it still shows very well) were colors to be feared on the track and on the street, and while it looks distinctive at a glance, the list of modifications is short: a fiberglass hood with a scoop and locking pins, trumpet exhaust jutting out from the rear valance, and a few well-placed badges. Paint and bodywork were done several years ago yet are holding up quite well, a tribute to the quality of the work, and because the finish isn't perfect, you'll never be afraid to take it out and go have some fun and the bright white stripes provide all the contrast needed to really make it pop. Proper GT350 stripes along the rockers were added, too, and the whole thing fits together quite well. Chrome bumpers were part of the deal on street-going GT350s, so they're on this car, too, and it looks fantastic.
Inside, the theme continues with a beautifully crafted interior that uses original-style patterns and details with the handsome white upholstery to create a look that's fresh but familiar. With great care shown since the build, the interior still feels quite fresh and shows only a few signs of use or wear. Dark carpets were installed and the door panels have been upholstered to match the bucket seats. The gauges are GT-spec and are framed by a sporty Grant GT steering wheel, a useful feature on a vintage Pony. A factory center console frames the automatic shifter that controls the C4 below, and the set of auxiliary gauges just ahead of it help monitor the engine's vitals. The stereo is a Kenwood AM/FM/Cassette unit with speakers that are revealed when the rear seat is folded down, so it sounds great, especially with good sound deadening materials under the surface. In back, the trunk is finished with a correct plaid mat and includes an original spare tire assembly.
The heart of the GT350 is the snarling 289 cubic inch V8 built by Ford, and although this one isn't the big 306 horsepower unit you got in the real GT350s, it gets the job done too. There are no badges or stickers to give it away, but that small block is a strong 289 dressed to impress. From the chrome air cleaner to the finned valve covers to the blue engine enamel, this one looks the part of a Mustang powerplant. Fed through a Carter 4-barrel carburetor atop an Edelbrock Performer intake manifold, and a freshened ignition system, it runs great, with that characteristic Ford small block snarl from the exhaust that any Mustang fan will recognize instantly. A C4 3-speed automatic feeds a 9-inch rear end and long-tube headers feed a dual exhaust system that sounds fantastic. Looking around, you'll also find an upgraded front disc brake system, and slick Shelby-style alloy wheels wearing staggered 215/60/14 front and 225/70/14 rear BFGoodrich T/A white-letter radials.
You could spend more on a mere tribute than we're asking for this incredible car, and you still wouldn't get the look that this one pulls off. Call today!