Carroll Shelby's started with the powerful Cobra two-seater roadster, but In 1965 he turned his attention to the Mustang at Ford's request. He took the powerful 271bhp (202kW) Mustang as a base and created the GT350. Shelby improved the handling by re-locating the front suspension control arms, fitting stiffer springs and re-valved Koni shocks, and adding rear traction bars. To provide extra stopping power, he used Kelsey-Hayes front discs, and while the rears were drums, they were cooled by air from the functional side scoops. The 289ci (4.7-liter) V8 engine was upped in power with higher compression, a high-lift camshaft, larger valves and a bigger carburettor. The Shelby R was more powerful, but only 37 racers were built, though they did win Sports Car Club of Americas B-production class against Corvettes, Cobras, Ferraris, Cobras, Lotuses and Jaguar E-Types.
Shelby Mustang GT350 Specifications
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