It is quite common to revive classic cars if you have a lot of extra money. Models like the Jaguar XKSS and Aston Martin’s DB4 GT have been upgraded to suit the current market. The classic Shelby has been around for many years. And now, it is the latest classic to receive a series of continuation specials. But what makes it even more special is that the people who revived the 1965 GT350R Mustang are the same people who build the original Shelby decades ago.
CEO of the Original Venice Crew company, Jim Marietta, said that the Shelby team learned a lot from racing Cobras and Daytona Coupes and adapted their experiences to revive the 1965 Shelby classic by turning it into a race horse like Carroll Shelby’s Cobra. He told us that three of them were part of the development of the first Shelby GT350R in California. They recently got together two years ago and has since decided to do this special project. He explained that in 1965, they had envisioned an ‘R’ model but could not build one because of some restraints like time and cost.
The crew acquired full licensing from Carroll Shelby and Ford, and will only recreate 36 examples of the “new” 1965 GT350R Mustang. These will match the number of originals from that year, and will come with a Shelby serial number.
One thing you must know is that these Shelbys will not be a carbon copy of the 1965 model due to some mechanical upgrades. The 2017 version will be getting an independent rear suspension, while the rear and quarter windows will be in Plexiglas. There will also be a different front valance according to Peter Brock. Furthermore, it will be given some tweaks that will improve airflow into the engine and into the cabin, to keep both the machine and the driver cool.
Just like before, the revived model will come standard with a 289 cubic inch (4.7 liter) V8 paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. For them to be able to do this project, the company will have to get original 1965 Mustangs that will be donated to them. This lets them register the car as a street legal and a track-ready model. The team plans on working on these by fall of this year.
The first ever 1965 Shelby will be put on display at a few Monterey, California locations during the Collector Car Week sometime this month.
The Original Venice Crew (also known as OVC) members include Peter Brock, Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton. These guys, originally from Shelby American, worked there between 1962 and 1965.