Finding another one like this is like searching for the needle in a haystack.
One of the most fascinating things about cars is the history behind each one. While some might boast having been kept in the same family for generations or being stolen and later recovered, this 1969 Ford Shelby GT350 has an even more unique story.
The original Shelby GT350s weren’t built for comfort and even style points. They were created for racing under SCAA rules. While not quite as stripped-down and brutal as the 350R, these cars were pretty hardcore. But this one with VIN 9F02M482329 stands apart from others for a number of reasons.
First off, it packs a prototype 35ici Cleveland V8 engine. That was unusual since the 351 Windsor was used on all production 1969 and 1970 Shelbys. What’s more, the Cleveland V8 came with XE casting Ford experimental cylinder heads, aluminum intake, exhaust manifolds, and water pump. This was a test car for fuel injection, pioneering a future for Ford and Shelby products. Currently, a 4V Boss 351 carb setup is installed. An experimental FMX automatic transmission instead of the normal C4 is included as well.
What’s different about this GT350 isn’t just the powertrain. When you slide inside you’ll notice the dash looks odd. It’s actually from a Mercury Cougar. Faux-wood trim pieces surround the gauges on the driver’s side and a face clock on the passenger side, where there’s the requisite Shelby Cobra badge. Both door panels have the same woodgrain inlays with the Shelby Cobra badge. A wood-grain steering wheel features a Shelby Cobra emblem in the center. Rounding out the appearance are black vinyl seats, black carpeting, red floormats, and center console.
The original run of the Ford Shelby GT350 spanned from 1965 to 1970, with the car becoming legendary for astounding performance. What makes this particular one interesting is the experimental setup, which gives a rare glimpse at what Ford and Shelby were doing behind the scenes. If you’re interested in purchasing this unique Shelby GT350 Prototype, contact 2S Motorcars.