1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback sale at the Mecum Auctions To be sold at the Kissimmee 2023 auction, Kissimmee, FL, January 4-15, 2023 Shelby American produced many black GT350s in 1966. However, the majority of those had gold stripes with “GT350H” lettering as part of the large order for Hertz Rent-a-Car. This 1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback stands out from that pack, as it is one of only nine non-Hertz Shelbys produced in black, notably without the over-the-top Le Mans stripes. Acquired by Gary Thomas in 2011 as a 62,300-mile car in incredibly original, unrestored condition, the GT350 was restored by Rodney Bullock in 2012 and has remained in the Gary Thomas Collection ever since.
Per its listing in the Shelby Registry, the black GT350, Shelby No. 6S1249, was originally sold by Yates-Stevens Ford in St. Louis, though spent most of its life in Texas. The Shelby is powered by its original K-Code 289/306 HP 4-barrel V-8 engine and a C4 high-performance automatic transmission with the hard-shifting “C” servo. As one of 1,365 non-Hertz GT350s produced in 1966, the Shelby arrived at Shelby American’s Los Angeles airport facility as a stripped-down 289 HiPo fastback before its conversion to a GT350, which included a rare steel hood with scoop. Other exterior identification includes the white “GT350” side stripes, Plexiglas rear quarter windows in place of the Mustang vents, and side brake-cooling scoops.
GT350s were extensively modified by Shelby for higher performance, with the HiPo engines updated with an aluminum intake, Tri-Y headers and “Cobra” finned aluminum valve covers. The suspensions received adjustable shocks and underride tractions, while the interiors were equipped with a tachometer on the instrument panel, a wood-rim steering wheel and competition seat belts. Driven only test miles since its comprehensive restoration, this black GT350 rolls on Shelby 10-spoke aluminum wheels with Goodyear blue streak tires. The Shelby’s serial numbers have been verified by SAAC’s Howard Pardee, and it comes with its Shelby invoice along with order and shipping forms plus warranty and service claims.
$275,000 – $325,000
- Shelby no. 6S1249
- Part of the Gary Thomas Collection since 2011
- Very rare Black with no LeMans stripes
- 1 of 1,365 GT350 road cars produced in 1966
- Serial numbers verified by Howard Pardee
- Comprehensive restoration of a previously unrestored Shelby with 62,300 miles, only test miles since restoration
- Rare steel hood
- Original 289/306 HP K-code 4-barrel engine
- C4 high performance automatic transmission with ‘C’ servo
- 3.89 standard rear axle
- Real wood-rimmed specialty steering wheel
- Sport deck rear seat
- Shelby 10-spoke aluminum wheels
- Goodyear Blue streak tires
- Originally sold by Yates-Stevens Ford in St. Louis, Missouri and then remained in Texas
- Shelby invoice
- Vehicle order and shipping forms
- Warranty and service claims
- Detailed history listed in the Shelby Registry
Source : Mecum Auctions