More Than the Sum of Its Parts

Shelby GT350

Last September, while walking through the pits at Lime Rock’s Labor Day Vintage Festival, I spied a ’65 Shelby GT350 Mustang in Wimbledon White with the correct Guardsman Blue stripes of the Ford Racing cars of the time. But this was not a race car. Shelby GT350s were originally Mustang GTs modified by Shelby and sold through selected Ford dealers as street cars. It was for sale.

Shelby GT350

As I moved around the car, I recognized that the front was set up with the GT350R front valance and no chrome bumper. Not correct, I thought to myself, but certainly better. Turns out the car was originally sold by Tasca Ford of Providence and that is a big plus. Tasca were very successful for racers in the sixties. This became more interesting. It turns out that the original owner wrecked the car on the street and it was picked up and rebuilt by Scituate resident Hank Fournier. Fournier raced in SCCA and it was wrecked again as a race car and rebuilt again. Now it is being offered as exactly what it is, a modified Shelby GT350 set up for the track. Not every Ford Mustang that road raced was a GT350R but the 1965 model weighing 2800 lbs with a strong 289 engine putting out over 300 HP was very successful in SCCA’s B Production.

289 Engine and Interior, Shelby GT350

So the car is a survivor with a colorful history. The sellers have pictures of it throughout its iterations and know what’s original and what is not and are prepared to share the information. They are asking what seems in the ball park for a Shelby GT350 originally sold by Tasca.