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Shelby Mustang GT350 (1966)


Shelby Mustang GT350 (1966)

Carroll Shelby turned his tuning skills to the Mustang in 1965. Using the 271bhp (202kW) Mustang as a base, he created the GT350. It had to beat the Corvette in all areas, and so Shelby relocated the front suspension control arms, fitted stiffer springs and Koni shocks for the handling, then put traction control arms at the rear. For better braking he fitted Kelsey-Hayes front discs, and cooled the rear drums with air ducts on the car's side. The 289ci (4.7-liter) V8 engine went through alterations to improve the power, with higher compression, a high-lift camshaft, larger valves in the heads and a bigger carburettor. The higher-spec'd Shelby R was even more powerful, but only 37 were built for racing, though they did win Sports Car Club of America's B-production class against Corvettes, Cobras, Ferraris, Cobras, Lotuses and Jaguar E-Types.

Shelby Mustang GT350 (1966) Specifications

Top speed:135 mph (216 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):5.7 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:289 ci (4,735 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:350 bhp (261 kW) @ 6,750 rpm
Max torque:312 lb ft (423 Nm) @ 3,800 rpm
Weight:2,600 lb (1,181 kg)
Economy:13.8 mpg (4.89 km/I)
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