When Carroll Shelby got his hands on the Ford Mustang for the very first time, amazing things happened, and history would be changed for good. From 1965 on, once the first GT-350 screamed to life and burned rubber off the assembly line, “Shelby” was associated with the phrase “fast Mustang”. Although little changed in his second year of selling the GT350, demand stayed white-hot. This slick Raven Black fastback is just a small sample of what these cars were capable of–and of those who bought them.
The GT350 was a fully SCCA-eligible car from the factory, and it wasn’t a particularly cheap car. In fact, the original owner of this one was a rocket scientist, who kept excellent records while he owned the car, which he sold after 28 years. This is an all original example with only 59,000 miles and it looks the part too. The best part? The current owner drives it regularly and races it too, because there’s no other way to pay tribute to one of the original fast Mustangs. This is also a very rare color combination–only 28 of these left the floor in 1966 with Raven Black paint, and only seven of those had racing stripes. Enjoy the photos of this rumble from the asphalt jungle.
-Albert S. Davis