1965 Ford Shelby GT350 - Caravan Shelby
The Cobra Caravan's 1965 Shelby GT350 Competition Is Now In Corey Lawson's Caravan
For example, the racing seatbelts are correct and date coded to the car. Even the fire extinguisher is date coded to the time frame of the build.
"The entire drivetrain is original," Corey says. "We had the original heads, intake, and carburetor, but the block had been replaced, so we found an original 289 Hi-Po block with the correct 5R09K number. Of course, it's not the original block that came with the car, but we wanted to make sure the replacement block came from the same plant where the car was originally built."
The job of rounding up original parts was softened by the originality of the car itself. For example, the Plexiglas side windows were intact, as was the rear window with the area at the top open for air flow.
The end result is a GT350 R-model that satisfies the purist. Corey equates it to a time capsule. "It even has the original Cobra vented battery caps," he says. "There are probably less than a half-dozen left in the world. It's got the genuine battery sitting in the trunk, an Autolite reverse-post 24C series, with the only original negative battery cable I have ever seen."
Although he doesn't vintage race this piece of Shelby history, the Hutchinson, Kansas, collector does put it on the track for special purposes. At Tulsa, his daughter paced the vintage racing group around the track. He also lets her drive the R-model for the ladies open-track sessions.
The historic Cobra Caravan GT350 Competition Mustang of 1965 is in safe hands. Corey is steeped in the tradition and loves the history.
"I volunteer for the Shelby American Museum in Boulder, Colorado. I've had all my Shelbys there on display, so I'm thinking of the history and originality. That's why we went to the pains to get the car 100 percent as-delivered."
In a way, the car is back on the tour. Corey trailers it to shows for all to see. You could call it Corey's Caravan.