History of the Shelby GT350
In 1964, Ford had a huge success with its new Mustang, but realized that they need to have a muscle model in order to compete in the US SCCA in the B production category, because :
"Winning races on Sunday is selling cars on Mondays."
Ford asked to Carroll Shelby, winning partner of many races with his Ford-powered Cobra, to customize a Mustang. The first prototype Shelby GT 350 is made in December 1964. Two versions were produced :
- R for Racing with 34 cars built for the competition,
- S for Street with more comfort in order to satisfy their customers, only 562 examples.
This GT350 H stands for Hertz, the rental cars company. In 1966, Peyton Cramer, the Shelby GM made a deal with Hertz to propose the GT350 as rental car in order to promote the car. You could rent the for $17 a day and 17 cents a mile. :-)
The Shelby GT350 has 351 cu Windosr V8 engine mateed to a three-speed automatic transmission producing 290 hp. Only 152 GT350s were be assigned to Hertz.
|Date :||15-17 August 2019|
|Place :||Monterey, US|
|Link :||RM Sotheby's Monterey|
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