In the 1965 model year Carroll Shelby would introduce the Shelby Mustang GT350 to the world. By 1966 the Mustang moniker was dropped and the model was branded solely under the Shelby name. This very unique GT350 spans both as serial number #SFM6S001 it became the first pre-production ’66 prototype, but began its life as a ’65 “factory-standard, Wimbledon White K-code high-performance 1965 Ford Mustang Fastback.”
Most notably unique about the car is the Medium Blue vinyl top which was added late in testing as a potential option for ’66 by ACME Auto Headlining in Long Beach, CA, an option which, needless to say, would not find its way to production. Furthermore, #001 is unique in that it features factory optional Pony upholstery, as well as features, “aluminum inside rear-quarter window trim and the fittings for the rear-brake cooling ductwork.”
Owned by numerous collectors since it was sold into the public in 1968 the car was never ignored; however, the GT350 would undergo a restoration to restore it to factory condition. A task which was completed under the watchful eye of SAAC 1966 Shelby Judge John Brown, ensuring that everything about the car was up to spec for ’66. Since then it has won numerous awards and been invited to show at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It will now again seek a new owner, if reserve is met, at 2018’s annual Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.