1966 Shelby GT350
Matching numbers Ford 289 cubic inch V8 engine
Restored in its original Highland green metallic with Le Mans stripes
Documented in the Shelby GT350 Registry
Complete mechanical inspection and concours detailing "Canepa Difference" process
T-10 4-speed manual transmission
A classic Shelby American muscle car
Quickly an icon with racers and street drivers alike, the Shelby GT350 was a beacon of American ingenuity and performance wrapped into a streetable package. Highly competent on both the road and track, the 350s quickly gathered a following of performance-minded individuals looking to have a muscle car with the duality of a streetcar that could also perform on the track. With the introduction of the GT350 in 1966, the car was offered with more options that finally allowed owners to customize and make their cars tailored to their individual tastes while increasing comfort. With its approach to still be a high-performance muscle car that you could live with every day, the ’66 GT350 found a large amount of success that easily outsold the ’65.
This Highland green metallic Shelby GT350 was ordered on December 19th, 1965 and was shipped to Larsen Ford, Inc. of White Plains, New York. On January 13th, 1966, they were invoiced for $3,514 plus $50 for LeMans Stripes and $40 for a rear seat. It was purchased by its first owner, Leonard Rohner in 1966. The GT350 would have a few caretakers until Larry Wren of Tucson, Arizona purchased the car in August of 1976. Between 1981 and 1985, he had the car restored in its original Highland green paint finish with white Le Mans stripes.
The GT350 found itself passed down to a few more owners before landing with a longtime owner Burt Eisenhower III of Sycamore, Indiana. He kept the car for a number of years before being sold to its most recent caretaker in Northern California. During his 7-year ownership, he kept the car maintained himself and enjoyed the GT350 being a part of his collection. In the middle of 2019 he decided that he wanted to make space for more cars and that the GT350 could go to another enthusiastic owner, sending the car to Canepa.
Upon its arrival, the GT350 was given a full mechanical inspection per the “Canepa Difference” process, a comprehensive mechanical inspection and a concours-level detailing. The Ford 289 V8 engine received a minor tune up, new valve cover gaskets installed, and the differential was resealed. When its service was completed, it was given a full concours-level detailing. The entire chassis was cleaned, and the green paint finish was polished to give the Shelby a shine ready for a concours show.
This particular Shelby GT350 is a prime example of the breed. The 289 V8 engine provides an ample amount of power while the classic 4-speed manual transmission allows the driver to be connected during the driving experience. A polished gem, this piece of American automotive heritage is sure to put a grin on both the occupants inside and those who see it from the sidewalk.
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