1966 Shelby GT-350 Mustang - The 1966 Shelby Mustang set the standard for Shelby Mustangs to come. Each fastback had extra windows behind the b-pillars for better rear visibility when racing. Also included were scoops in front of the rear wheel-wells, a hood scoop, and the distinctive "GT350" racing stripe along the side rocker panel.
The overall look was classy, aggressive, but not over-done. "Wanna-be" Shelby Mustang parts quickly became very popular with Mustang owners. For a time, rumor had it that there were almost as many Shelby Mustang replicas as there were REAL Shelby Mustangs! - KST
1965 Shelby GT-350 Mustang - Having built lots of race cars, Carroll Shelby knew what to do to take the Mustang’s “Falcon platform” and make it into a genuine racer. He knew what to take out and what to put it. The end result was an instant legend. As if the Corvettes had enough to deal with trying to catch the 427 Cobras, now they had Shelby Mustangs closing in on their rears.
The ‘65 model of the Shelby Mustang can be identified by the lack of the extra rear side windows as seen on the ‘66 Shelby Mustang, but not the production Mustangs. It actually served a a very functional part of the car. The extra side window opened up a large, rear-view blind-spot for the race car driver.
Early Shelby Mustangs had many variations due to parts availability. Shelby and his crew were also sorting out parts that worked better. Plus, you have to factor in the customer’s variations and the fact that some Shelby Mustangs never saw use on street roads, only road racing tracks.
Be it a street or track Shelby Mustang, the cars always had a special aire about them... a unique blend of the Mustang’s inherent good looks and Shelby’s Texas style.
Told ya that Shelby knew what to put in and what to take out. - KST
1967 Shelby GT-500 Mustang - Even though Ford now had a hand in the design of the Shelby Mustang, it was still a serious tough-guy on the street scene. Across town at Chevrolet, designers were playing catch-up with their Z-28 version of the Camaro.
Then, over on Long Island, New York, Joel Rosen was dreaming up his own “Shelby-version” of the Camaro... the 1968 Phase III Camaro. - KST
1968 Shelby Mustang - Ford restyled the Mustang in 1968, giving it a larger and more agressive front end. The Shelby version, with its grille-mounted fog-lamps looked tough as nails!" Many Mustang lovers felt that the Shelby version is what the Ford version should have been. - KST
1965 427 Shelby Cobra - If you ever get a chance to listen to Bill Cosby’s album “200 MPH” you’ll hear the amazing story of how Coz bumped into Carroll Shelby at the supermarket and got reprimanded for driving fast foreign sports cars. Shel told Coz that he was going to build Cobras for himself and Coz that would have dual-everything - dual roll bars, dual superchargers, dual horsepower, dual shifters, dual steering wheels, dual EVERYTHING!. (The last few “dual” items was Cosby’s schtick)
After months of anticipation and the purchase of Italian racing shoes and driving gloves, the Cobra arrives! And then, well... it might be on the internet or on a CD on eBay, but get it and get the rest of a very funny, semi-true story of Bill’s encounter with a supercharged 427 Cobra.
The story is exaggerated, but the cars were real. Shelby built 2, 427 Cobras that were double supercharged BEASTS! . It looks like a regular Cobra, except for the extra big hood scoop. Packing 800 hp (according to Shelby, and he wouldn’t exaggerate, would he?) and backed with a Ford T6 3-speed automatic, the Coz and Shel Cobras could run 0-to-60 in just 3.8 seconds and the quarter-mile in 11.9 seconds @116 mph.
Also, the Carroll Shelby and Bill Cosby Cobras were the last 2 Cobra officially built by Shelby way back when, before production was recently started again. - KST
1965 427 Shelby Daytona Cobra - Racers are always looking for an edge over the competition. That’s what makes unlimited class racing so fascinating. As stunning as the 427 Cobra was, the Ferraris were nipping at Shelby’s heals.
Cobras are tough looking, cool cars, but leave a lot to be desired in the aerodynamics department. On the long, fast tracks, Shelby needed a slipperier Cobra. Enter the Daytona Cobra.
Stylist and designer Pete Brock penned out the lines for a coupe version of the Cobra. The end result looked very much like the P2
‘63 Ferrari GTO, but Cobra lovers didn’t care. Unfortunately, the slick body was draped over an existing, slightly outdated Cobra chassis, so the car was off to a late start and was never able to be competitive. Sports car racing was moving into the direction of monocoque body/chassis design that let tube-framed cars such as the Cobra, fall by the wayside. The old guard cars were still bloody fast, but just not competitive.
And, to finish off the Cobra racing effort, Ford had its focus on the GT40 and the World Manufacturing Cup Championship. - KST
Daytona Super Coupe - The Daytona “Super Coupe” was supposed to be the next version of the Daytona Coupe. But when Ford pulled the plug on Shelby’s racing efforts, the Super Coupe came to a screeching halt. Henry Ford II was dumping MILLIONS into the GT40 program looking to stick-it to Enzo Ferrari over the failed buyout/takeover of Ferrari in the early ‘60s. So why would Ford want to support Shelby’s Daytona Super Coupe? It would have been competition for the GT40. That’s factory racing for you.
So the Super Coupe was never finished until 1979 when it was purchased as a restoration project. It was more like a completion project. Pete Brock was consulted in the restoration/completion and supplied the team with a complete list of how he and Shelby had intended the car to be completed. The restoration/completion team hit every point on the list and completed the project in 1981.
Since that time the Daytona Super Coupe has appeared at vintage car races. With contemporary tires, the Super Coupe looks like ONE TOUGH CUSTOMER. - KST
Cobra Badge - Based on the fact that there were only 1,002 Cobras produced by Shelby, it’s a good bet that there are more Cobra badges that there were Cobras.
Some of the Cobra replicars are so close to the real thing that you have to use the “fingernail test.” (DON”T do this when the owner is looking) Just “lightly” tap on the body with the top of your fingernail. If it’s fiberglass, you know it instantly. If it’s aluminum, you’ll REALLY know it!
Just don’t get caught! - KST