This 1966 Ford Mustang fastback has been restored with GT350R styling in mind and features a professionally built 302 V8 with four beautiful Weber 44IDF carburetors. Originally started with vintage track duty in mind, it was completed with the focus of being an exceptional street car. The car was purchased largely complete from an Ontario Ford dealer, and was originally a C-code 289 Fastback. Finished with the help of multiple Pebble Beach award-winning shop RX Autoworks, the car is impressively specced with stainless steel headers, a Borg Warner T5 5-speed, big brakes, upgraded suspension, and many excellent details. With less than 3500 miles on the clock since completion in 2012, this car checks all right boxes and was built to an incredibly high standard.
Wimbledon White with Guardsmen Blue painted stripes are how the car was originally finished, and we added high quality dark red vinyl top and side stripes for our personal taste. If the new buyer prefers the traditional blue center stripes, the red ones are easily removable.
A GT350R fiberglass front valence flows more air to the radiator and is similar to what the competition cars had in period. Cap-less 15×8 Torq Thrust D rims with Trans-Am style deep lug nuts are well chosen, as are the stainless mesh radiator grilles and hood/trunk pins. R-model style vented Lexan rear window and spun aluminum side mirrors are nicely executed. A new windshield and windows, as well as the complete chrome surround for the windshield, are still in original packaging and are included in the sale.
A full Stewart-Warner round gauge cluster was fitted and looks awesome behind a 65-spec Shelby wood-rimmed steering wheel. Carpets, headliner, and dash top were all new in 2012, along with the Sparco Evo race seats. Other cabin details include a Total Control pedal set, Hurst shifter, reupholstered GT350 R fiberglass rear seat delete with side panels, R-code dash, and Sabelt six-point harnesses. The whole interior and exterior feel is period-correct, and other than the modern seats, there are no immediate give-aways to the fact that this car might be called a resto-mod. The majority of gawkers think it's a real Shelby, and it of course drives far better than an original, stock GT350.
Underneath the fiberglass hood, a Total Control aluminum brace structure surrounds the balanced 302 running aluminum SVO heads, four Weber 44IDF carbs, JBA mid-length stainless steel headers, and a billet MSD distributor with rev limiter. Other quality items include a cast aluminum Cobra oil pan, Griffin aluminum radiator with large 16inch Spal electric cooling fan and more. Power is sent through a T5 5-speed with a hydraulic clutch system. Final drive is by a 3.9:1 geared limited slip differential.
Handling and driveability is exceptional thanks to an upgraded suspension and braking system. The car runs QA1 shocks, tubular upper control arms, Global West 1.25inch front sway bar and adjustable track rods, boxed lower arms and 560 lb. in. springs in front, with 4 ½ leaf springs, urethane bushings and heavy duty shackles in back. Steering has been converted to rack and pinion with a bump steer kit and collapsible tilt column.
Braking is achieved with 11inch vented and slotted rotors up front, and 10inch drums in the rear. A billet Wilwood brake master cylinder with adjustable bias lets the driver choose their preferred setup.
Additional build details include a Fuel Safe 22 gallon cell with remote fill kit, trunk-mounted Moroso differential vent, functional front and rear brake cooling ducts, JBA stainless steel 2 ½ exhaust system and sticky Toyo Proxes R888 tires. Sold with extensive build process documentation, the car has been driven less than 3500 miles since completion and is fully sorted and ready to go. The Webers have been synced perfectly and have never given me a single hiccup. Even after storing it this past winter (properly, in a heated warehouse with race gas and fuel stabilizer), the car fired up instantly and has always run like a bat out of hell.
I purchased the car with about 900 miles on it since the build, and put just under 2500 miles on it in a year. It originally came with rear-exit dual exhaust, which I swapped out for side-exit glasspacks. The car is almost obnoxiously loud and induces stupid grins and silly laughs every time I get on the throttle.