An iconic muscle-car is about to go on auction and it should have any lover of the 1960’s and Ford Mustangs drooling: Carroll Shelby’s 1966 Mustang GT350 Fastback ($Auction). The vehicle had actually been owned and driven by the automotive designer, racing driver, and entrepreneur himself. Included in the auction packet is a copy of the Vehicle Title in Shelby’s name to prove it!
The Shelby Mustangs originated with a deal between Ford Motor Company and Hertz Rentals in 1966 to furnish a thousand of these high octane machines, for renting a taste of speed to the driving public. These Mustangs featured a 289 cubic inch V-8 engine capable of 306 bhp so the typical 0 to 60 in 9 seconds of the stock version was quickened up to a mere 7.3 seconds in the GT350’s.
While a hundred of the Shelby GT350’s were made with a 4 speed manual transmission, the rest, including the model you see here, were equipped with a C6 3 speed automatic transmission. This car, production number 1822, still sports the black interior and exterior with the double gold stripes. Even if the bidding out-paces your wallet, being near this piece of automotive history should brighten your day anyway.