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36 Brand New 1965 Shelby GT350Rs Are Coming

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The guys responsible for cranking out the original batch of competition-spec 1965 Shelby GT350Rs will begin producing a new round of the legendary race car, albeit with a few improvements.  

Made up of Shelby American employees who were with the company from 1962 to 1965; Peter Brock, Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton, will begin building 36 brand new Shelby GT350Rs in the fall of 2017. However, this time the cars will feature improvements originally planned for the car back in ’65 but were squeezed out by time constraints.

“Much like Carroll Shelby’s original Cobra, the 1965 Ford Shelby GT350R changed the performance car landscape,” said Jim Marietta, CEO of Original Venice Crew Mustangs. “By adapting lessons that the Shelby team learned racing Cobras and Daytona Coupes, our Crew at Shelby American turned a ‘mule into a racehorse’ as Carroll Shelby would say.”

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The improvements include a redesigned front valance, a reworked plexiglass rear window, and most importantly, an experimental Ford Advanced Vehicle independent rear suspension originally designed by Peter Brock.

Each OVC built continuation Ford Shelby GT350R will feature a spartan race bred interior like the original, along with a competition prepared cast iron block engine–supplied by the Carroll Shelby Engine Company–hooked to a period correct 4-speed transmission and an authentic Shelby shifter. All of them will be finished in Ford’s iconic Wimbledon White paint.

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The OVC crew first got together back in 2015 and agreed to build the ‘R’ model that should have been. Testing of the one-off Shelby started at Willow Springs Raceway in the spring of 2015 as the team worked to develop the car’s suspension and refine its handling.

According to Sutton, people began to ask if the car was for sale. “After a landslide of inquiries, we decided to see if there was a good case for offering a limited run of them.”

While evaluating the program, OVC secured licenses from Carroll Shelby Licensing and Ford Motor Company to build the cars, making them the only company with such a pedigree. Each car will wear a Shelby serial number with documentation submitted to the Shelby American Automobile Club Registry, and the official Shelby American Registry.


Go! Go! Go!

Ok, maybe i'm a bit too late, but incase you didn't know, the 2018 Mustang configurator is out. Begin wasting hours and hours building your dream Mustang!


2018 GT HP

Been Wondering what the horsepower will be on the 2018 GT? incase you've been locked in a sub, 3 miles down, you probably already know, but check out this video in case you have been locked in a sub 3 miles down.


Could you use a Burnout?

The video speaks for it's self....


Throwback Thursday Websites

    This Thursday, I went poking around the webs and searched for "classic Mustang websites" and found 2 pretty interesting sites. Both site look pretty interesting. If nothing else, they have pretty nice photos.

Revologycars

and

Classic Mustang


Two Fer Throwback Thursday

Yes I know i spelled "Two For" wrong. My little play one words, but this Thursday, I give you two cool articles from The Mustang Source. The first is Classic Mustang searches, and the second is a photo line up of the usual suspects. Happy Thursday!


Throwback Thursday Collection

    It's been awhile, so here is some of my favorite Throwback Thursday articles! Enjoy your Thursday!

Mustang Commercials

Print Ads

Steering Wheels

Wagon Pics

McLaren M81 Mustang


6 Slowest Mustangs

Hard to see those two word in the same sentence. Slow, Mustang. It is true, over the years there have been, many slow, underpowered Mustangs. Checkout the article I found over at The Mustang Source

1. 1964 1/2 Mustang with 170ci six

There is no denying how good those first Mustangs looked, or how dependable the Falcon sourced straight six is, but what it isn't, is quick. With just 101 hp, 156lb-ft of torque, and having to tow around about 2500lbs, the little motor has its work cut out for it. Consumer Reports road test of the base motor, with a 4-speed manual, only managed 0-60 in 16.8 seconds, and the automatic would add several more seconds. Still, Not many people would turn down a good deal on an early Ford pony car because it was slow. From 1965 onward the base motor was the 200ci six, and you got an extra 20 hp, but acceleration was still stately.

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Rare 1970 AWD Mustang


Interesting story I found over at The Drive , perfect for throwback thusday?

ust when you think there can't possibly be more hidden gems stashed in barns and garages around the world, something amazing pops up as if to say, "you ain't seen nothing yet." So while the 1970 Ford Mustang featured here for sale may not have starred in any famous movie chases, it still has pretty remarkable secret up its sleeve—"factory" all-wheel-drive, making it quite possibly the only droptop 'Stang so equipped in existence today. It's in rough shape after sitting in a barn for decades, but can you really put a price on a piece of pony car history?

If you're confused right now—there's no such thing as a factory AWD Mustang, right?—it's worth revisiting an important but largely-unknown chapter in the model's history. The Mustang became an overnight success after its launch in 1964, and Ford engineers had to figure out how to keep that momentum going with fresh ideas to expand the line. Meanwhile, a small British company called Ferguson Research had spun out of tractor manufacturer Massey Ferguson a decade prior with the goal of designing the first full-time AWD system for road and race cars.

So in December of 1964, Ford shipped a couple of notchback Mustangs over to England to see if Ferguson's technicians could put it all together and create the world's first AWD pony car. The "Ferguson Formula" system was pretty crude compared to today's computer-driven wizardry, with a planetary center differential and a chain-driven front shaft creating a 37:63 front-to-rear torque split. The cars also gained the company's experimental Maxaret anti-skid braking setup, a mechanical forerunner to the ABS of today.

Though performance and handling were greatly improved—Classic Cars got ahold of one for a driving review in 2000 and compared its sure-footedness in the corners to an Audi Quattro—the modifications required to make everything fit were just too expensive and Ford ultimately decided not to pursue the partnership or develop an AWD system of their own. However, Ferguson continued to test their technology on a whole range of cars, including more Mustangs, and the system later found its way into the Jensen FF, the first production car offered with AWD.

And here's where things get murky—officially, there are those two prototypes, plus a couple 1969 fastbacks, including one built for a Ferguson executive with the 428 7-liter V8 that survives in showroom condition today. So where does this convertible fit in? Being a 1970, it would have been for a private customer, not part of the Ford partnership, and appears to be the only droptop converted to AWD. It's hard to know for sure without an official build count or seeing it in person, but it would be pretty hard to fake one of these.

With all that in mind, its frankly terrible condition after spending decades in a Dutch barn is all the more heartbreaking. The high-riding front end plus a poor internet translation of the listing seem to indicate both the engine and front drive unit are missing, and tracking down those parts or a wrecked Jensen FF to source from would be a tall order.

Then there's the omimous "Ask" price. We know what that usually means... but still, we hope someone finds the time and resources to rescue and restore one of the world's most unique Mustangs.