Dream Giveaway 2016 Shelby GT350 And 1967 Shelby GT350
Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
January 18, 2017

You no doubt have seen the advertisements on Mustang-360.com or possibly even the television commercials for the Dream Giveaway; an annual sweepstakes that pairs a classic Mustang with a late-model Mustang AND gives you tens of thousands in cash awards to cover the taxes on both vehicles! We’re lucky enough to be less than two hours from the Dream Giveaway Garage (their corporate offices) in central Florida, so when the folks at the Dream Giveaway Garage have its latest Mustang offerings road worthy we get an invite to come check them out, put a few miles on them, and even take a little rubber off the back tires.

The latest sweepstakes is for a pair of Shelby GT350s—a 1967 Shelby G.T. 350 fastback and a 2016 Shelby GT350 fastback. The 1967 is completely restored and ready for the show field, while the 2016 has been tastefully modified with several heritage-like details to mimic the look of the 1967 fastback. After synching our schedules we were able to get out to the Dream Giveaway Garage just before Christmas 2016 to drive both Shelbys and learn more about the charities that the sweepstakes will benefit.

The early fastback was fun to run through the four-speed and hear the clattering of the solid lifters in the Hi-Po 289 under hood, and being genuine classic Mustang guys it certainly was cool to be tooling down the road in such a historic car. Of course we couldn’t push it as hard as we liked with the reproduction tires on board, and let’s face it, the car is almost 50 years old with manual everything! That said, we wouldn’t kick it out of our garage or be upset if ours was the winning ticket!

Moving to the 2016 GT350 is really not fair, as we’re talking about over 200 more horsepower, two thousand more usable rpm, two more forward gears, and brakes, tires, and suspension that will simply put a grin on your face the moment you flick the steering wheel into a corner. The 2016 Shelby GT350 is a true driver’s car and the perfect complement to its classic brother. Pairing these two as such for a sweepstakes award is simply a no brainer in our book. You have the classic version for cars & coffee runs, ice cream with the kids, or the big Mustang show on the weekend, while the new Shelby is perfectly at home as a daily driver, yet can do all the aforementioned activities with ease that might just help get the spouse and/or the kids to attend more events with you!

Take a look at the video we produced of our visit, where we go over the details of each Shelby and don’t forget to watch until the end, as there’s a bonus code for sweepstakes ticket donations that’ll net you 75 percent more tickets when you use it. Someone is going to win both of these Shelby GT350s AND $45,000 in cash for taxes, so why not let it be you!