1971 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Coupé Registration no. RRN 350K Chassis no. Ford chassis no. 9F02R480849 Engine no. 9F02R480849
Legendary Texan racing driver Carroll Shelby's team had been campaigning Ford's Mustang 'pony car' with considerable success in North America, winning the SCCA's B-Production title three years running in the mid-1960s. Capitalising on his success, Shelby began manufacturing modified Mustangs, which were officially sanctioned and sold through selected Ford dealerships. The first Shelby Mustang - the GT350 - arrived in 1965 powered by a modified version of Ford's 289ci (4.7-litre) small-block V8 producing 306bhp, with options of a 340-360bhp unit in competition trim or 400bhp supercharged. A four-speed Borg-Warner manual gearbox was the stock transmission on early Shelby Mustangs, though a heavy-duty, three-speed automatic soon became available as an option. The running gear was appropriately up-rated to cope with the GT350's increased performance, incorporating the optional Kelsey-Hayes front disc brakes, stronger Ford Galaxie rear axle, Koni adjustable shock absorbers and aluminium-alloy wheels. The first cars were supplied minus the rear seats, thereby qualifying the GT350 as a two-seat sports car! Outwardly there was little to distinguish Shelby's GT350 from the standard product apart from a pair of broad 'racing' stripes down the body centreline. On the open road there was, of course, no comparison. The Shelby Mustangs continued to be based on the stock version, receiving the latter's styling changes and mechanical improvements while retaining their own distinctive special features. When the factory introduced a 390ci 'big-block' V8 option on the Mustang for 1967, Shelby went one better, installing Ford's 428ci (7.0-litre) Cobra Jet V8 to create the GT500, one of the great, iconic musclecars of the 1960s. We understand that the GT500 offered here was fitted with an experimental 428ci fuel-injected engine by Shelby Motors. However, it was decided not to use the fuel-injected engine so the original motor was reinstalled and the car sold to a gentleman in Monaco. One of 217 models finished in Gulf Stream Blue livery, this GT500 has been fitted with a sports steering wheel and Wolfrace alloy wheels from new. The car was purchased by the vendor and restored in 2005, when work undertaken included a bare metal re-spray and a complete engine rebuild by marque specialists. The interior remains totally original, even down to the floor mats, and the car is described as in generally excellent condition having covered only 58,000 miles from new. Used very little since restoration, this excellent example is offered with current MoT certificate, Swansea V5 registration document and that all-important Marti Report confirming its details and numbers.