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RealRides of WNY - 1967 Shelby GT 350

November 18, 2019

RealRides of WNY - 1967 Shelby GT 350

By the time this 1967 Shelby GT 350 hit the market, probably every neighborhood in the USA had at least one Mustang parked in the driveway, so this was a way to stand apart from the herd, if you will. Shelby American was started in 1962 by Carroll Shelby, a race car driver and automotive designer from Texas. Before converting Ford’s Mustangs into Shelbys, he was selling the Shelby Cobra — a British AC Ace roadster with an American Ford V8. The Mustang project began in MY 1965 with the GT 350, equipped with Ford’s 289 V8; for 1967, a GT 500 model was added (with a 428cid V8). The ’67 GT 350 still had the 289, which was “Shelby-modified for extra high performance… [yet] completely docile in normal traffic.” Outward appearance differed from non-Shelby Mustangs via a different grille, scoops which covered the regular Mustang's louvered windows on the c-pillar, and nearly wall-to-wall taillights. Saw this one over the summer at the season finale of the weekly Cruise-In @ the Wurlitzer Building in North Tonawanda.

Jim Corbran, RRofWNY

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