This 1965 Ford Mustang was rebuilt from the ground up to capture the style of the original GT350s with modern drivability and performance. The build was completed three years ago by vintage Mustang racer Randy Rupp, and features a 397hp Motor Masters Ford V8. Final sorting and suspension work was performed by Shelby restorer and author Colin Comer. The car was sold to Road & Track editor Sam Smith, who wrote an article about driving the car from LA to Las Vegas. Power steering and a hydraulically operated clutch are said to add civility, while the Tremec five-speed transmission offers a taller top gear for cruising. The car is being offered by former R&T editor-in-chief Larry Webster, who acquired it about a year ago from Smith and completed a 700 mile road trip with the car.
Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue stripes was been applied at a high standard. The sheet metal looks straight with no dents or dings apparent, and there is said to be no evidence of any filler. The VIN# indicates this fastback was originally built at the San Jose, Ca assembly plant, and left the factory powered by a 289 V8 with two-barrel carb.
(Photo Credit: Michael Darter)
A fiberglass hood with chrome latches and pins was installed and fitment looks good. When the seller acquired the car, the right front tire was rubbing when it turned left. The tire has been realigned and no longer rubs, but some paint was worn off the inner fender lip. The car sits on 15″ American Racing Torque Thrusts with 225/60 AVON CR6ZZ competition tires.
The suspension has been upgraded with new coil-over shocks up front, new rear shocks, and a FAYS2 rear Watt’s linkage that eliminates unwanted lateral motion. Brakes have been rebuilt with ’65 Lincoln 4-piston front calipers, Wilwood rear calipers, an SSBC adjustable proportioning valve with F-R adjustable bias, and stainless steel brake lines.
’66 MY side scoops were added and GT350-style riveted window covers are flush with the body for a clean look. The custom side-exhaust can be seen above.
The black interior features new vinyl upholstery on the seats and door panels, and a new dash. Simpson racing belts have been installed on both front seats. The aluminum door sills and many small bits of chrome trim look bright, and the carpets are protected by rubber floor mats. A Custom Autosound AM/FM stereo has an AUX input, but is said to be hard to hear over the exhaust under acceleration.
The wood-rimmed steering wheel is missing its Cobra center cap, but is otherwise is in good shape. A Shelby gauge pack has replaced the stock setup and includes speedometer, tachometer, oil pressure, oil temp, water temp, and fuel level indicators. The seller reports that the speedo needle wobbles, and that the fuel gauge is slightly inaccurate. A period GT350 shifter is fitted, and the parking brake has been eliminated. The odometer shows about 3500 miles and was reset during the restoration.
The engine compartment looks tidy with clean surfaces and organized wiring, and houses a Motor Masters small-block Ford V-8 with Holley 700 carburetor. The engine is said to run strong and is paired to a Tremec T-5 transmission with a Modern Driveline hydraulic clutch. A Howe Racing Enterprises aluminum radiator keeps things cool, and Moroso valve cover breathers can be seen on the right.
The car runs an MSD ignition system with Pro-Billet distributor, 6AL ignition control, Red Blaster 2 coil, and red wires. The battery has been relocated to the trunk for better weight distribution.
Dyno test results in 2014 show that the car produced 397 hp at 6100 rpm and 382 lb.ft. of torque at 4100 rpm.
A photo gallery with 100 images can be seen below, and includes several shots of the underbody. Things look clean and dry underneath, with the exception of some minor surface rust on the exhaust. Webster is focusing his efforts on a ’69 911 project which will be funded by the sale of this car. It is sold with a clean Michigan title.
The owner has provided videos of the car under acceleration, cruising at 80 mph, a hot start, and of the side exhaust’s note.