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
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