In a remarkable showcase of automotive history, a 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback, one of only 562 produced that year, is set to captivate enthusiasts at the Kissimmee 2024 auction. This classic muscle car, initially serving as a factory demonstrator, boasts an illustrious history and a roster of prestigious accolades, making it a coveted prize for collectors.
Undergone a meticulous nut and bolt rotisserie restoration, this Shelby GT350 emerges as a shining example of American muscle heritage. It clinched the SAAC-42 Gold award, the MCA Concours Gold, and triumphed at both the Amelia Island and Greenbrier Concours d’Elegance. These honors attest to its impeccable condition and authenticity.
The car’s heart, a HiPo 289/306 HP V-8 engine, is complemented by a robust side exhaust system with 2-inch Glasspak mufflers, ensuring a powerful performance befitting its legendary status. The vehicle is equipped with an aluminum case T10 4-speed manual transmission and a 9-inch rear differential with 3.89 gears, enhancing its driving dynamics.
Notable features include an early fiberglass porthole hood and the rare trunk-mounted battery complete with distinctive “Cobra” vented battery caps. Its striking appearance in Wimbledon White with Factory Lemans Blue stripes is further accentuated by optional Cragar wheels adorned with correct Blue dot tires, preserving its period-correct aesthetics.
This Shelby GT350’s rich history is well-documented, including copies of the dealer invoice, dealer order form, shipping documents, and the owner’s manual. Originally shipped to Gene Harmon Ford in Texas City, Texas, this car has traversed an extraordinary journey to become one of the most revered vehicles of its time.
As it heads to the auction block, this 1965 Shelby GT350 Fastback stands as a testament to the legacy of American automotive craftsmanship and racing pedigree. Its unique combination of historical significance, award-winning restoration, and rarity positions it as a must-have for serious collectors and Shelby enthusiasts worldwide.