Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
August 4, 2015
Photos By: Courtesy of Shelby American

Called the “winningest Shelby G.T.350 in history,” Charlie Kemp’s 1965 Shelby G.T. 350 #23 race car, SFM5R538, gave Shelby American not only 17 straight wins, but 32 victories in all in the 1968-1969 season. Kemp’s Shelby was also responsible for 16 lap records, including the speed record for 1968 at the famed Riverside Raceway. Kemp’s Shelby is now available in diecast form, but thanks to an exclusive deal with Carroll Shelby Licensing and the Carroll Shelby store only 350 units will include a commemorative booklet with Mr. Kemp’s autograph, certificate of authenticity, and more to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Shelby G.T. 350 R-model.

“Shelby American set the performance world ablaze with the amazing Ford Shelby G.T. 350 in 1965,” said Ari Kopmar, executive vice president, Consumer Initiatives, Carroll Shelby International. “A car that could do it all, from road racing champion to drag strip king and stop light terror, it was one of the most important vehicles in history. To honor the 50th anniversary of the G.T. 350, Carroll Shelby’s Store is offering only 350 of this exclusive Limited Edition 1:18 scale die cast of the winningest Shelby G.T. 350 in history.”

The replica diecast is built with great details and to exacting standards. The diecast features Carroll’s autograph on the passenger’s side roof and door jamb, just as he signed it upon Shelby American’s retirement of the race car (the original car sold for over one million dollars at auction in 2014). Each of the 350 numbered diecasts will include Charlie Kemp’s original autograph on the commemorative booklets, which is only available from Carroll Shelby’s Store.

This Carroll Shelby’s Store version is unique with:

- Carroll Shelby’s commemorative signature
- Charlie Kemp’s authentic signature
- A Certificate of Authenticity
- Individual numbering for each of the limited edition of 350 units
- A Commemorative Booklet personally autographed by Charlie Kemp that includes vintage race images, modern photos of the restored car and a race history of the Shelby
- Exclusive Carroll Shelby’s Store packaging

The diecast is available online at Carroll Shelby’s Store. While supplies last they will be available at the Gardena, California Shelby location and Las Vegas Shelby American Heritage Center gift shop.

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