Classic Recreations has done it again, this time with a 1966 Mustang Fastback Shelby G.T.350CR. The company known for its one-off restorations and recreations, some of which sell for well over $100k, will auction the prototype Mustang at Mecum Auctions on Aug. 16, 2013 at 4:05p.m. (lot number F165) during Monterey Car Week. What makes this G.T.350CR so special is the heritage and uniqueness it possesses; this Pony car is officially authorized by Shelby Licensing and built with plenty of modern twists.
“The 1966 Shelby G.T.350 is one of the most beloved sports cars ever built and I’m thrilled to contribute to the Shelby legacy,” said Jason Engel, Owner of Classic Recreations. “There is no question that the ’66 holds a special place in the hearts of racing and Shelby fans, but the original cars are now difficult to drive due to their value and antiquated underpinnings. We were able to pair the original design with modern technology for the ultimate driving experience – and this is the very first car in the line.”
The Mustang will be offered in white with blue stripes; red with white stripes; blue with white stripes; and black with gold stripes. Custom colors are also available upon request, but will likely add to the price tag.
Packed between the fenders of each G.T.350CR will be a 427 ci crate engine from Ford racing, cranking out 545 hp. A Stealth 18-gallon fuel cell mounted in the trunk and fed by a mass Flo Fuel Injection unit keeps the motor happy. Also mounted in the trunk is the battery, it’s connected to an MSD ignition under the hood. Keeping the car cool, while cruising in traffic, is a Becool aluminum crossflow radiator with two 13-inch electric fans. Pumping out the fumes are BBK long tube ceramic coated headers connecting to dual 2.5-inch Mandrel exhausts. Magnaflow Mufflers gives the car a nice rumble that’s not too loud as it accelerates down the highway.
Handling the torque is a Tremec Manual Transmission, sending power to a 9" fabricated read-end with 3:70 gears and equipped with a Posi Traction unit. Available upgrades will include an aluminum block for $4,000; a supercharger that adds 645 hp for $4,500; an intercooler for $1,000; and a twin turbo setup with an intercooler good for 1,000 hp for $9,000.
Each car built uses the original factory frame, keeping the heritage of each Mustang. To help strengthen the chassis, tubular sub frame connectors are installed.
Controlling the car is a rack and pinion power steering conversion setup that connects through a polished Flaming River tilt column to give the driver complete control. A coilover front and rear suspension with oversized sway bars upfront and out back gives the car a smooth feel on the road. Available for upgrade are double adjustable coilover shocks for a mere $1,500.
Stopping the car on a dime are Shelby/Wilwood 13X1.1-inch rotors upfront and 12X.81-inch rotors out back, all four are being grabbed by 4-piston calipers. Each rotor is slotted, cross drilled, and zinc washed for the best performance. Coming standard on all 1966 Mustang Fastback Shelby G.T.350CRs are an adjustable rear proportioning valve. An available 6-piston front and rear caliper upgrade is offered for $3,500.
Keeping the American Muscle Car planted to the pavement are custom HRE 17x8-inch aluminum wheels at all four corners wrapped in high performance Z rated 245/45/17P tires. Optional 17x9.5-inch rear wheels wrapped in 275/40/17P tires will add $850 to the sale price. For $1,500 you can have 18-Inch wheels at all four corners. For the serious racer, 18x11-inch wheels with a mini tub will run an additional $5,500.
The Mustang’s interior is packed with goodies, everything from Carroll Shelby Scat Rally Series 1000 highback seats to 5-point Camlock Seatbelts. The attention to detail is unbelievable the Carroll Shelby Signature Gauges add the right touch to the interior that tells the driver what car he or she is in. The 160mph speedometer gives passengers an idea what the car is capable of. A woodgrain, aluminum steering wheel gives the interior’s tone a sporty and classic feel, while an Old Air Products A/C system helps to keep the car’s passengers cool on hot days. A modern, Pioneer sound system cranks out the tunes as car is cruising. The details continue to the Carroll Shelby G.T.350CR Floormats that are customized and unique. Available upgrades to the interior include: Carroll Shelby G.T.500CR console for $850; a 200 MPH Speedometer for $350; KPH Gauges for $500; right hand drive for $12,500; a GPS system for $499; flip out DVD with navigation for $1000; and a leather interior for $1,200.
The exterior of the car is refined to have tighter body seems than from the factory, authentic Carroll Shelby fiberglass enhancements have been added throughout the car to give it a custom look, along with Carroll Shelby G.T.350CR Rocker Stripes.
After the prototype is auctioned, Classic Recreations will begin taking orders for Shelby G.T.350CRs with a limit of ten each year. More information can be found on www.ClassicRecreations.com and www.Mecum.com.