1966 Shelby GT350 Fastback
After a successful year with the 1965 GT350, Shelby American updated the model for the 1966 model year. The most noticeable changes were the new rear quarter windows and side scoops behind the doors.
Like the previoud year the 1966 GT350 had the K-Code 289 in³ V8 which offered 306 horsepower was kept as standard with a 715 Holley carburetor. The suspension was heavily modified with lowered front A-arms, Koni adjustable shock absorbers, larger front sway bars and a Detroit Locking rear end with traction bar brackets. The braking system also upgraded with larger Fairlane units. Other main features included a top-loader, 4-speed manual transmission and a heady-duty suspension all around.
Exterior modifications included a new fibreglass hood with a scoop and front pins. Down the sill of the car ran the GT350 graphic which was also used on the race cars. To finish off the race-inspired theme, the exhaust system was routed to the side of the car with Glasspak mufflers.
Inside, the GT350 had a removed rear seat and an extra center-mounted binnacle with oil pressure and tachometer gauges. Pete Brock designed a new Cobra center cap for the wood steering wheel and aircraft seatbelts were fitted.
|type||Series Production Car|
|built at||Los Angeles, California, USA|
|body stylist||Pete Brock, Skeet Kerr|
|engineers||Chuck Cantwell, Ken Miles|
|block material||Cast Iron|
|valvetrain||Pushrod OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl|
|fuel feed||715 Holley Carburetor|
|power||228.2 kw / 306 bhp @ 6000 rpm|
|bhp/weight||242.47 bhp per tonne|
|torque||446.1 nm / 329 ft lbs @ 4200 rpm|
|body / frame||Unitary Steel Monocoque|
|front tires||Goodyear Blue Dot Power Cushion|
|rear tires||Goodyear Blue Dot Power Cushion|
|f suspension||Double Wishbones|
|r suspension||Live Axle|
|curb weight||1262 kg / 2780 lbs|
|transmission||Borg-Warner T10 4-Speed Manual|
Auction Sales History
Auction Source: The Daytime Auction in Monterey by Mecum
Auction Source: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions