Michael Johnson
Technical Editor
October 10, 2016

Nothing in life is free. Some things you might receive for free, but there’s always a price to pay. Yes, we know the saying, “The best things in life are free,” but whoever said that didn’t register for Dream Giveaway’s two Shelby Mustangs. You read that right, you can win two Shelby GT350s; a 1967 model and the latest 2016, and have them in your garage.

First, the 1967 Shelby GT350 is powered by a 306 horsepower 289 with a four-speed transmission, and a 9-inch rear with a 3.89 gear. This was SOP for 1967. If you remember, the Mustang’s Hi-Po K-code was rated at 271 horsepower, and for Shelby to arrive at 306 horsepower, the K-code received a high-rise intake manifold, a Holley carburetor, and Tri-Y headers. See, even back then performance mods centered on intake and exhaust improvements.

There isn’t much better than a Candy Apple red 1967 Shelby GT350. Though the 2016’s Race red appears much brighter when the two cars are side by side, the ‘67’s exterior still draws a crowd simply because of its aggressive, muscular demeanor. All the requisite Shelby GT350 exterior touches are present, like the quarter window scoops, brake cooling scoops, rocker panel and Lemans stripes, and proper 10-spoke Shelby wheels wrapped in period-correct Goodyear Speedway 350 E70/15 large letter tires.
As you know, a 1967 Shelby GT350 should have a 306-horsepower 289 in it, and that is the case with the giveaway car, as well. The 289 found in 1967 Shelby Mustangs was a warmed-up, 271-horsepower, K-code 289, to which Shelby added a high-rise intake, a Holley 715cfm carburetor, and Tri-Y headers. Shelby Mustangs of this vintage were available with either a four-speed manual or a three-speed automatic.
This was the top of the line interior for 1967. The Shelby’s deluxe interior features an 8,000 rpm tach, Stewart Warner oil pressure and amp gauges, the classic wood steering wheel, a fold down rear seat, and an AM radio.

This particular Candy Apple red GT350 set back the original owner $3,759, and was ordered with power steering, power disc brakes, shoulder harnesses, a fold down rear seat, deluxe wheels, and an AM push-button radio. Indicating a sign of that time, for $1.20, Shelby American put four gallons of gas in the car. Today, that would get you half a gallon of gas, if you’re lucky. The AM radio cost $44.

These days, we’re way past pushrods, 306 horsepower, and AM radios, especially when it comes to the latest Shelby GT350. Today’s Shelby GT350 comes with a 5.2-liter, flat-plane crank, 526-horsepower mill with electric cut-outs in the tailpipes for when you want to hear some nice tunes. The early Shelby’s solid-lifter 289 was capable of good RPM, but not anywhere near the 8,250 rpm redline in the new GT350.

We’re also way past four-speed transmissions with the new GT350. The 2016 model features a Tremec 3160 six-speed manual capable of providing fun blasts to the grocery store, or comfortable runs down the highway. With 3.73 gears combined with the close-ratio six-speed manual, and 1:1 fifth gear, rapid acceleration is always just a stab of the throttle away. And with a Torsen limited-slip differential, you won’t be a member of the one-wheel peel club. To make it easier to leave a pair of black marks, don’t forget, the car features a Line-Lock. This feature will allow you to remove a few hundred miles from your tires in a short 15 seconds.

When the roads turn twisty, you’ll have a sense of road-going security knowing the car’s Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes will haul you down in time to navigate the curves before you. Plus, the car was basically built for the track, so you know turn-in will be crisp, and the car will go where it’s pointed. With the 2016 Shelby, you can go from 0-60 in roughly 4 seconds, so getting to the bank to count your money after you’ve won the car will take a matter of minutes. However, you will want the ride to last so you get more minutes behind the wheel.

The 2016 Shelby GT350’s Race red received custom quarter window and side scoops, a revised rear spoiler, and retro-style 19-inch wheels. Vintage-style GT350 badges and emblems, along with rocker panel GT350 stripes pays homage to the 60’s Shelby GT350.
The engine in the 2016 Shelby GT350 remains untouched, but with an 8,250 rpm redline, and 526 horsepower, what more do you need. Besides, if you win the cars, you can modify as needed. Even stock, if you do it right, 0-60 takes just over a touch over 4 seconds. Even if you do it wrong, you’re still going to have smile on your face.
The 2016 Shelby GT350 features an Ebony interior with the Technology Package. That package includes heated and cooled leather seats, a single CD player with Sirius XM, voice-activated navigation, and dual zone A/C. This particular GT350 stickered at $57,970; thanks to the optional Technology Package ($7,500), the over-the-top racing stripe ($475), the gas guzzler tax ($1,300), and destination and delivery ($900).

From an exterior standpoint, the 2016 Shelby GT350 giveaway car features a few deviations from stock that add, not detract, to the car’s already-menacing visage. The Race red paint boasts revised quarter window and brake scoops, a high-rise rear spoiler, and vintage GT350 emblems. Between the giveaway car’s 19-inch retro-styled wheels you’ll find rocker panel stripes identical to the ones found on the ’67 model.

So we know you’re asking how you can enter to win these cars?! Simply go to www.dreamgiveaway.com, and look for the Mustang Dream Giveaway. Click the enter tab, and the rest is pretty self-explanatory. Your donation also helps many charities, including helping disabled veterans, serving the homeless, the Bright Pink cancer awareness foundation, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), and helping impoverished children from third-world countries get a smile you and I take for granted.

So, even by just entering you’ve already won, right? Yeah, we know the main reason for entering is to win these fantastic cars, but to help those less fortunate is a welcome byproduct. Just remember, if you win, we get the first ride, okay? Also, we’ve test-driven both cars; and we’re happy to report, the 2016 GT350 does really nice burnouts.

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