<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163

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Lot 95
Recently discovered "barn find"
Just one owner from new

1966 SHELBY GT350 CARRY OVER CAR

Sold for US$ 159,500 inc. premium
Recently discovered "barn find"
Just one owner from new

1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"

Chassis no. SFM6S163
Engine no. 5R09K242448

289ci Ford K-Code OHV V8
Single Carburetor
306bhp at 6,000rpm
Four speed transmission
Lowered A-Arm Front Suspension and Solid Rear Axle
Font Disc and Rear Drum Brakes


*Time warp discovery that has been off the road since 1976
*Highly original and unmolested example
*Single ownership from new
*Used as race/demonstrator by HARR Ford
*Complete documentation and receipts from new


THE SHELBY GT350

Caroll Shelby's fabled relationship with Ford Motor Company is one of the great stories in American racing. From the legendary Ford-powered Cobras to the success at LeMans with the GT40, the relationship bore incredible fruits. Second only to the Cobra his most beloved creation has to be the early Mustang-based GT350s.

Shelby's tremendous design skill was applied to the new Ford Mustang for the 1965 model year. Shelby completely reworked the new pony car to make it a highly competitive sports car. The concept was a high performance sports car from the start and not a conventional muscle car. Most of Shelby's contributions were aimed at the chassis and handling of the Mustang. Shelby lowered and braced the front suspension, fitted traction bars at the rear and mounted high-performance Koni shocks on all four corners. Brakes were also improved and a Detroit Locker differential was fitted. The Cobra-spec, K-code 289 was tuned to make just over 300hp. The body was lightened with a fiberglass hood and the transmission available was a four-speed manual. Interior was largely standard Ford except for the deleted back seat - replaced by a package shelf, special steering wheel and racing seat belts. No radio was fitted as it would have been little match for the side exiting exhaust.

The resulting GT350 would be a completely different animal from the Mustang from a performance stand point. Blisteringly fast and highly precise in the corners the GT350 was without a doubt the best handling American production car. What made for great performance did not make for great comfort and convenience. Some customers complained about the noisy Detroit Locker rear differential and the rather harsh ride of its racing suspension as well as ear piercing sounds blasting from the side pipes.

Ford realized that racers were a small share of the market and they wanted the Shelby to appeal to a wider audience. Starting in 1966 the GT350 would begin to be toned down, gradually at first. Friction developed and Shelby would eventually part ways with the project and the later Shelbys would be more of trim package compared to the thoroughbreds they were in the beginning.

The last real uncompromised GT350s would be the batch of 250 made from 1965 Mustangs for the 1966 model year. These 1966 "Carryover Cars" are coveted by collectors because they possess nearly all of the pure performance features of the 1965 cars but with some of the new features of the 1966 cars. The drivetrain was unchanged from the 1965 cars aside from the Detroit Locker now being an option. The exterior had a few changes including plexi side windows replacing the louvers, functional side scopes ducting air to the rear brakes, the side stripes were now stickers instead of paint. The interior could be had with a rear seat or package shelf, the battery was now in the engine compartment and the dash was the upgraded unit from the GT.

Today the "Carryovers" are beloved for having "all the show and all the go" of the two year combined into one.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

We are delighted to offer this recently discovered, one-owner from new 1966 GT350 Carryover Car. This Shelby's early life was spent as a Harr Ford racer/demonstrator. Worcester, Massachusetts Harr Ford was active in racing with Ford products and had a rivalry with the nearby TASCA dealership in Rhode Island.

A period photo of this car show it being raced by "Fats" Dumachel wearing Natick Ford livery – one of Harr's dealerships at the time. In 1967 Francis "Fran" Grayson visited Harr to purchase a new high performance car. The showroom had this GT350 parked alongside the famous Harr Ford Shelby "Dragon Snake" Cobra. Both were available and Fran opted for the "practicality" of the GT350 as the lack of weather protection made the "Dragon Snake" all the more impractical.

Fran Grayson was a consummate "car guy". Well known in the car communities in Massachusetts, he was a fountain of knowledge and technical skill. A natural engineer, he designed speakers for Scott stereos, wiring harnesses for the Bose Corporation and consulted on pump designs for Millipore. He was a passionate car enthusiast till the end – just look at his last road car, the 550hp Audi RS6 also offered here as lot 98.

Fran used his GT350 extensively both on the road as well as on the drag strip. He was religious about the maintenance and care of his car and kept every receipt and piece f literature relating the car. The included file is some four inches thick and has every receipt and manual including the bill of sale and business card of the salesman who sold him the car.

Fran parked the car in 1976. He drove it into the storage building from which it only just recently emerged. Highly private about his car, he told no one of its whereabouts until only just before he died. None of his family had seen the car for nearly forty years. In April of this year the GT350 finally emerged from its forty-year slumber.

Despite being driven in some less than ideal new England conditions the Shelby has survived quite well. The interior is remarkable with seats free of cracks or tears. The original paint in largely intact and the car is very straight with excellent door shuts. The engine bay is honest and oily but has all its important Shelby hardware. Some rust has affected the car but a sympathetic treatment should allow some repairs while keeping the cars remarkable originality intact. The Shelby is being offered directly from its 40 year hibernation with no attempts having been made to recommission the car in any way.

The Shelby includes its five original Cragar Shelby mags as well as NOS Ford quarter panels (still in a factory crate), NOS Ford right front fender, NOS Ford gas tank and two good used, but original, doors. Also included is a set of NOS Ford Shelby side stripes.

A one owner, totally original and unmolested GT350 is a rare discovery today. Having not been seen for forty years and with a truly rich history this is a very special opportunity to acquire one of these coveted icons of American speed.

Saleroom notices

  • The engine number for this GT350 is 5R09K242448 and it is fitted with a rare, Detroit Locker rear end. Please note that this car is titled as a Ford.
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<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
<i>Recently discovered "barn find"<br />Just one owner from new</i><BR /><B>1966 SHELBY GT350 "CARRY OVER CAR"<br /></B><BR />Chassis no. SFM6S163
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