In 1965, Carrol Shelby introduced a car that would become an instant classic: the Shelby GT350. By modifying the stock Windsor 289 with a large 4-barrel Holley 715 CM carb, a high-riser intake manifold, Tri-Y headers, and larger brakes, Shelby American created a highly competitive performance variant of the already popular Ford Mustang. The original 1965 GT350s were painted Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue rocker strips and optional "Le Mans" top stripes. In 1970, the Shelby GT350 ceased production, but its legacy would live on in popular culture and on the race track. In 2005, however, the Shelby GT moniker was brought back with the Hertz-exclusive GT-H, the GT, and the GT500. It was not until 2011 that the GT350 nameplate would make an official reappearance, but on the 45 anniversary of the original Shelby GT350, a completely new Shelby GT350 was unveiled in concept form. Since its debut, Ford and Shelby consistently offered the GT350 name and have proven that the original's spirit is alive and well. Still, the introduction of the 3rd generation Shelby GT350 (based on the 6th generation Ford Mustang) offered a pair of even more track-focused Mustangs. The GT350 "Track Pack" and the GT350R were real returns to the original GT350 from 1965. The cars were designed with competition on track as a primary goal and offered drivers numerous customizable options to further enhance track performance at the push of a button.
This 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is a true homage to the Shelby Mustang that started it all. The powerful V8 engine, manual transmission, and retro-inspired silhouette amount to a driving experience as close to a 1965 GT350 as you'll find in a modern car. Finished in Kona Blue with black racing stripes, this Shelby has an aggressive yet classic look that every Mustang enthusiast loves. The interior features Recaro bucket seats that prove both comfortable in daily use and supportive during more spirited driving. The 3rd generation Shelby GT350 is powered by a 5.2L "Vodoo" V8 with a unique flat plank crankshaft, which revs to 8,250rpm and sends 526hp and 429 lb-ft of torque through a lightweight TREMEC 6-speed manual transmission. The GT350 was revised for 2019, making the previous "Track Pack" standard equipment, recalibrating the MagneRide suspension with new springs and revised dampening, the inclusion of New 19" aluminum wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, and a redesigned grille opening to reduce aerodynamic drag. The inclusion of the Track Pack benefits the GT350 greatly. It comprises a decklid spoiler, an aluminum tower brace, heavy-duty springs, the same six-piston Brembo brakes as the GT350R, a valve-operated selectable exhaust system, as well as oil coolers for the engine, transmission, and differential. This car was also optioned with the technology pack, including a Bang and Olufsen sound system, blind-spot monitoring, and a voice-activated navigation system. With only 653 miles on the odometer, this car is in pristine condition and still looks fresh off the showroom floor.