Pacific Automotive Group

1966 Shelby GT350 Prototype #001

To be featured at Barrett-Jackson Auctions in Scottsdale, AZ   January 13-21, 2018

shelby mustang gt350 1966 prototype

1966 Shelby GT350 Pre-Production Prototype
The 1st 1966 Shelby GT350 built
Numbers matching Hi-Po 289 V8 and T-10 4-speed transmission
1 of 1 as the only GT350 produced with a vinyl roof
Concours restoration completed in 2011
Gold award in Division II judging at Mid-America Ford and Shelby Meet
Part of the first showing of Shelby Mustangs on the lawn at the 2015 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance
Clean history and Shelby American World Registry

This GT350 is unique in many ways.  Unlike regular production GT350s, SFM6S001 was not a 'delete' car from Ford later upgraded to GT350 spec.  It started life as a factory-standard Whimbledon White K-code high-performance 1965 fastback, with all factory standard equipment remaining with the car.  In addition,  it was the only GT350 originally equipped with the 'upscale' factory-optional "Pony" upholstery.  It was fitted with a Medium Blue vinyl top, which was briefly considered as a potential factory available option for 1966.  As the primary Shelby American test car, it was used for most of the driving tests for the 1966 GT350 development program.

For 1966 Shelby made several changes to the GT350, including rear quarter panel windows, side brake cooling intakes, battery relocated back to under the hood, and dual exhaust.  This particular example was fitted with a vinyl roof, and remains the only GT350 in the world to have one as original equipment.