|2007 Edition - 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350|
The Ford Mustang first appeared in 1964 and was immediately popular for both its style and its performance. In its first year of production, the Mustang topped well over five hundred thousand units. Americans loved this new muscle car, but enthusiasts craved more. Because of this demand, Ford approached the legendary Carroll Shelby who had helped them win the LeMans with the GT 40 racer. By January, 1965, Shelby had helped Ford create the first 100 Shelby GT350 Mustangs. They were all in a "Wimbledon White" color scheme with Guardsman Biue LeMans racing stripes.
By 1966, the Shelby GT350 Mustang was arguably the most sought after vehicle in the world. The first non-white versions were produced and the LeMans stripes became an option. The car featured special quarter panel windows and rear air scoops on each side. Disappointingly to some enthusiasts, they also offered the vehicle in an automatic transmission as an option. A total of 2,378 of the total 1966 Ford Mustang line was of the Shelby GT350 version. 1000 of those were a special model made for Hertz Rental.
Today, the Shelby is still an American icon and now is produced as the "Cobra." The new body style of the 2006 Ford Mustang closely resembles that of the 1966 Shelby GT350. An individual could have purchased the Shelby GT350 for approximately $4400. A well restored vehicle would now fetch anywhere from $45,000 to $225,000 based on the detail of work and the serial number.