Jim Smart
August 1, 2007
Photos By: Jerry Heasley

Unique Performance fits these cars with its own custom dual-exhaust system-long-tube headers cruising down to 2-1/2-inch pipes through SpinTech mufflers and side-exit exhausts. The system barks a throaty roar when Larry cracks the throttle.

Inside, the GT350SR is a world that classic Shelby GT350s couldn't possibly relate to with Old Air Products air conditioning and heating, a stereo, deep bucket seats, power rack-and-pinion steering with a woodgrain wheel, a short-throw shifter, and other creature comforts.

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What makes the GT350SR even cooler than its ancestors is convenience. There's no Holley four-bore to keep tuned. Dual-points? Forget them-there's an MSD electronic ignition. Valves to adjust? Are you kiddin'? Imagine 575 hp on tap with air conditioning, stereo, the efficiency of overdrive, spot-on handling, comfortable Shelby-signature bucket seats, and a rear seat for the kids. How cool is that? For Larry, it's extraordinarily cool, as well as an opportunity to relive Shelby history while creating a whole bunch of his own.

The Details
Unique Performance '66 GT350SR, No. CSC-016
Owner: Larry Carpenter, Little Rock, AR

Engine
408ci small-block V-8
575 hp
DC&O electronic-port fuel injection
MSD ignition system
Shelby signature valve covers
Unique Performance-spec Griffin aluminum radiator
SPAL electric fan
Roller hydraulic camshaft and valvetrain
Aluminum heads

Transmission
Tremec TKO-500 five-speed

Rearend
Currie 9-inch
3.25 gears
Traction-Lok
31-spline axles

Exhaust
Long-tube headers
2-1/2-inch dual side-exit exhaust
SpinTech mufflers

Suspension
Front: Unique Performance coilover, QA1 adjustable gas shocks, Baer Tracker adjustable bumpsteer tie-rods, shock-tower brace, Total Control Products power rack-and-pinion steering
Rear: Unique Performance four-link coilover, Shelby traction bars, QA1 adjustable gas shocks, subframe connectors, driveshaft safety loop, four-point rollbar

Brakes
Front: Baer 12x1.1-inch cross-drilled and slotted disc, PBR two-piston caliper
Rear: Baer 12x0.81-inch cross-drilled and slotted disc, PBR single-piston caliper
Adjustable proportioning valve
Cooling ducts to all brakes

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Wheels
Front: Shelby R-Style, 15x7 inches
Rear: Shelby R-Style, 15x7 inches

Tires
Front: BFGoodrich Radial T/A, P235/60R15
Rear: BFGoodrich Radial T/A, P255/60R15

Interior
"Carroll Shelby" embroidered high-back bucket seats, G-Force five-point quick-release harnesses, Old Air Products Hurricane Climate Control, Shelby Signature Series instrumentation with 160-mph speedometer, woodgrain steering wheel, CAE sound-dampening package, rear seat for the family (the GT350SR usually comes as a two-seater with a spare-tire holder)

Exterior
Shelby fiberglass and emblems, functional SC Cobra gas cap, Shelby quarter windows, Shelby bullet racing mirrors, GT350SR graphics, Raven Black basecoat/ clearcoat with gold stripes