January 15th through 19th, 2014!
Join these great Featured Consignments at the most unique auction experience ever created: Auction In The Round!
These Showcase Feature Consignments are just a sampling of the many great cars that will join over 750 others to be sold in Scottsdale this January! Check back weekly as these Feature Consignments will rotate and be updated with additional great cars. Prior to the Flagship Russo and Steele Auction, full listings of all the consignments will be posted and also available on our Digital Auction Catalog.
Offered Without Reserve
Designed and built for one singular purpose – to homologate Ford’s wildly successful Mustang for SCCA road-racing competition – Carroll Shelby’s original GT350 exemplified Ford’s win-at-all-costs “Total Performance” era and conferred an unbeatable high-performance image on the trendsetting new “ponycar”. On the track, the GT350 utterly dominated the opposition, particularly archrival Chevrolet’s Corvette, to secure three straight SCCA B-Production racing championships from 1965 through 1967.
Beginning as factory-standard Wimbledon White Mustang fastbacks powered by Ford’s solid-lifter 289 High Performance V-8 engine, the GT350 was fitted with front-disc brakes, a Borg-Warner T-10 4-speed transmission, and a Ford 9-inch rear-end housing fitted with a Detroit Locker differential. To qualify the car as a two-seater for racing, the rear seat was removed and replaced by a simple fibreglass shelf. The front suspension was lowered, and Koni shock absorbers, special Goodyear tires, rear-traction bars, and special underhood bracing brought race-quality handling. Rear-fender air scoops and special ducts were installed to cool the metallic-lined rear drum brakes. Output of the 289 engine was raised to 306 horsepower with a 715-cfm Holley carburetor, “Tri-Y” headers, and other tweaks.
In addition to its racing prowess, the GT350 garnered universal praise for the motoring press. Over just nine months, Shelby assembled 562 GT350s at the Venice works, but the scope of the effort and planned production increases for 1966 forced Shelby to move operations to the former North American Aviation facilities next to the LAX airport. As a thinly disguised racing car, the GT350 was quite a challenging drive on the street, thanks to its stiff ride, high-effort competition brakes, cop-baiting exhaust, and squealing rear tires constantly at the mercy of the Detroit Locker rearend assembly. At the suggestion of Ford executives, several revisions for 1966 successfully maintained the basic race-bred character of the GT350 while making it somewhat less demanding on its drivers and passengers. While production and sales quadrupled, just 2,378 were built for 1966, followed by 1,175 for 1967. With their outstanding competition pedigree, performance, and rarity, the GT350 remains a cornerstone of the vintage-racing and collector-car worlds today.
The 1966 GT350 offered here, numbered SFM6S1594, was stored away from the late 1970s until 2004, followed by a meticulous restoration that returned it to its original showroom condition performed by Gary Jones Motorsports (Hephzibah, GA), and completed in 2006. Mr. Jones carried out a full rotisserie restoration of the car, including an original K-code “Hi-Po” 289 engine and all-original engine components. To call the GT350 stunning today would be a massive understatement, with the car finished and detailed to virtually impeccable standards throughout. Following completion, the GT350 made its post-restoration debut at the “Fabulous Fifties Fall Fiesta,” an event that was appropriately held at Shelby Automobiles in Gardena, California.