Carroll Shelby gave up racing in 1959 for health reasons. In addition to setting up a high performance driving school, he also opened up the Shelby-American company. Their first order of business was importing the AC Cobras. As we all know, that venture proved to be highly successful. So in August, 1964, not long at all after the Mustang's public debut, Ford asked Shelby-American to develop a high-performance Mustang fastback.
Shelby wasted no time. He built two versions of the 1965 Mustang coupe - The 1965 Shelby Mustang GT350, built for public use and sale, and the GT350R, - a dedicated race car. In only one month - September 1964 - The first '65 Shelby Mustang GT350 race and street cars are built.Read More