LMC is very proud to offer for sale this 1965 Shelby GT350
The 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 was offered in a single exterior paint option - Wimbledon White with optional blue LeMans stripes in Guardsman Blue that ran down the center of the body and with a functional hood scoop, the fiberglass hood of the car made it something of an icon on the road. In 1965 Ford had been spurned by the SCCA, the sanctioning body for amateur sports car racing in this country. The severely independent SCCA seemingly did not appreciate being muscled by a large corporation, so Ford turned to Carroll Shelby. The SCCA said in order for Carroll's cars to be sanctioned, there needed to be 100 of them.
The brand new 1965 GT350 was powered by a Ford 289-cubic inch V-8, but with some Kobra Kustom accessories bolted on. Shelby starts with the 271-hp “High-Performance” version of the 289 V-8 and adds a high-riser intake manifold, welded-tube headers and cast-aluminum valve-rocker covers which raises peak power to 306hp. Also, the pressed-steel stock oil sump is replaced with a large cast-aluminum sump, complete with cooling fins. It also featured a four-speed manual transmission and side-exhaust pipes fitted with two-inch Glasspak mufflers. A 9-inch differential fitted with 3.89 rear gears transferred the grunt of the 289 to the pavement. Most notably, the 1965 GT350 had no rear seat because SCCA B Production requirements only permitted two-seater cars. In its place was a fiberglass floor, with a spare tire mounted beneath the rear glass.
According to the Shelby American factory records, this chassis was received at the Shelby American Los Angeles CA. facility on May 17, 1965. Work started on the same day and it was finished on May 25, 1965. It was then shipped to Jerry Alderman Ford Sales Inc., Indianapolis Indiana on June 21, 1965. Its first owner, Frank Shapiro of West Milton OH, purchased this Shelby on July 28, 1965 for $4,873.50.
Being one of only 562 Shelby GT350’s built in 1965, this special Mustang was delivered new with the early fiberglass porthole hood, rare trunk mounted battery, Cragar Shelby wheels, and Le Mans stripes. It is powered by a numbers matching Hi-Po 289/306hp engine backed by the prerequisite aluminum case T-10 4-speed transmission. Over 2,000 hours were spent to complete the total concours rotisserie restoration to SAAC/ MCA concours specifications with photos throughout the process. The result is an award-winning restoration with achievements and accolades that very few other cars have ever attained. The paint has been wet sanded and polished and is show quality; far exceeding how it originally came from the factory. The interior is correct with dash mounted pod with 8,000 rpm tach and oil pressure, factory racing lap belts, 15" wood rimmed steering wheel and factory radio delete plate. On a hoist and you will discover the undercarriage to be in outstanding condition with floors finished in the correct factory style red oxide primer with body color overspray and blacked out pinch welds. The overall look and unmistakable sound of the car comes from the factory side exiting exhaust just in front of the correct Blue Dot tires mounted on the optional Cragar wheels.
Given that the restoration quality is exceedingly high, it had the privilege of being invited to be shown at the 2019 Amelia Island Concours D’Elegance where it won First Place (Best In Class) in the very competitive Sports and GT Cars of 1960-1965 category. It was also shown at the 2019 Shelby American Automobile Club National Convention, SAAC-44, where it won Gold in the Judged Concours which only a handful of cars can claim.
An example of American muscle car history, the 1965 Shelby GT350's were the first of their breed, purpose built, very rare and unique. Accompanying this vehicle is supporting Shelby American factory documentation includes: Window sticker copy, Shelby invoice to selling dealer, Shipping log and dealer order form. With these characteristics combined with full documentation and its award-winning restoration, this GT350 is a collector’s dream.