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Continuation 1965 G.T. 350s set to begin production next month with optional IRS available
First there were continuation 289 and 427 Cobras. It’s now the G.T. 350’s turn to take the center stage in the 21st Century.
First there were continuation 289 and 427 Cobras. It’s now the G.T. 350’s turn to take the center stage in the 21st Century. You read that right. Starting in October 2017, the Original Venice Crew (OVC) comprised of former Shelby American employees Jim Marietta, Ted Sutton, and legendary designer Peter Brock, will build 36 “new” 1965 G.T. 350 R-models patterned after the 36 examples built in 1965.
The word we got is that the cars will be built using real 1965 Mustang fastbacks as the foundation. This means no reproduction body shells. Whether they will be real Hi-Po 289 K-code cars it still TBD. We’d wager the best donor cars might be a cross section of C-, A- and K-code 289s, but the goal is allegedly to use all K-codes, if possible. But in any case they are going to be super cool to be sure.
We covered the first two prototype cars built in the February 2016 issue of Mustang Monthly and also here.
Pricing for these legit modern-day 1965 G.T. 350s will start at $250,000 and options will include colors and transmissions, but the big choice will be the opportunity to have an independent rear suspension fitted to these OVC G.T. 350s. Solid 9-inch axles will also be available.
Not far from where OVC worked at 1042 Princeton Drive in the Venice/Marina del Rey area in 1965, these new cars will be built at the current California Shelby location in Gardena.
For now have a look at the video that both Jim Marietta and Peter Brock appear in as they describe some of the details about these upcoming G.T. 350s. Also take a look at the photo gallery that shows the 1965 and 1966 GT350s owned by LASAAC (Los Angeles Shelby American Automobile Club) club members Steve Beck, Joe Risk, and LASAAC club president Greg Barbiera among several other cars in attendance.
For more on the OVC G.T. 350s, ovcmustangs.com is the place to learn more about the cars that will surely become instant classics.