Fabulous faux ’65 Mustang GT350

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The 1965 Mustang has been transformed into a credible tribute to the Shelby GT350

Yesterday was National Mustang Day, and the story I wrote about six Mustangs to buy included a seventh entry that I called the best deal of the entire list. That car was a Mustang Shelby clone.

While 1965 and 1966 Shelby GT350 cars are some of the most sought-after Mustang derivatives, and as a result quite expensive, this faux fastback offers an affordable alternative.

The Mustang retains some differences from an actual Shelby

The solution to the problem of wanting a 1965 Shelby GT350 but not having enough cash in the bank is well-embodied in the Pick of the Day, a 1965 Ford Mustang GT350 tribute car.

This car is an amazingly accurate build, finished in Wimbledon White with correct “Le Mans” stripes, and “G.T. 350” rocker stripes painted on in Guardsman Blue, according to the Lavergne, Tennessee, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.

There is a small Mustang emblem with red, white and blue stripes on the grille, and another one on the gas cap, but all other Mustang emblems have been removed. The builder has shown some restraint in not trying to pass off this creation as a genuine Shelby GT350.

The ‘sponsor’ emblems are magnetic

But like a real GT350, the car features a small G.T. 350 emblem in the rear panel next to the taillight, correct hood pins and hood scoop. The sponsor logos present on this car are all magnets, and the car sports a set of correct Shelby Cragar wheels.

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The seller describes the interior as being authentic to the original Shelby cars. The only concessions to practicality are the AC system, a decent stereo and a 5-speed manual gearbox. The interior includes the dash-mounted Shelby pod that contains the tach and oil-pressure gauges just like a real ‘65 Shelby.

The steering wheel is a dished wood wheel that has the correct Cobra horn button, again just like the real McCoy. The front seats are standard-trim-level buckets, also like a true GT350’s original specification. The rear seats have been replaced with a fiberglass tray that holds the spare tire, which would be correct.

The Shelby influence is strongly represented in the interior

Under the hood lies a Mark Stacy 331cid stroker V8 that offers a lot more power than an original GT350’s engine, and it is dressed up with Cobra Powered by Ford finned valve covers. The car is fitted at all four corners with Koni Red shocks, and a massive anti-sway bar has been added as per the original.

The best part of all of this is the price. This car is offered for $56,995 which makes it around $350,000 cheaper than an actual GT350. At that price. you would be hard-pressed to build a clone this nice.

To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.

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Andy Reid's first car, purchased at age 15, was a 1968 Fiat 124 coupe. His second, obtained by spending his college savings fund, was a 1966 Ferrari 330 GT 2+2. Since then, he has owned more than 150 cars—none of them normal or reasonable—as well as numerous classic motorcycles and scooters. A veteran of film, television, advertising and helping to launch a few Internet-based companies, Reid was a columnist for Classic Motorsports magazine for 12 years and has written for several other publications. He is considered an expert in European sports and luxury cars and is a respected concours judge. He lives in Canton, Connecticut.

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