Shelby Mustang Rendering
Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
November 16, 2015
Photos By: Revology

We’ve been keeping our readers abreast of the news at Revology Cars for some time now and Revology has dropped another huge chunk of news just as their first replica Mustang build comes to completion for its customer. The Florida-based small volume manufacturer will soon be producing fully-licensed replicas of Shelby’s G.T. 350 Mustang, a highly sought after Mustang model for sure.

Long revered by collectors, the Shelby Mustangs represented the pinnacle of Mustang performance in the 1960s. With the Shelby Mustang replica, Revology will follow its proven formula. “We carefully integrate modern technology to improve performance, reliability, durability, fuel economy, safety, and comfort,” says Tom Scarpello, president and founder of Revology Cars, “while retaining the essential character and style of the original design.”

Essentially a race-car with a license plate when first released in 1965, the Shelby G.T. 350 was a bear to drive with manual steering and brakes, no air conditioning, low-back seats with no adjustment, and so forth. Compared to today’s cars they are crude, but were performance focused and built for the track, not the street. By contrast, the Revology Shelby Mustang replica will leverage modern technology in order to deliver all of the welcome features of modern cars, with even better acceleration, braking, handling, safety, fuel economy, and lower emissions than the original, just as Revology has accomplished with its base Mustang replica.

“We are excited about the opportunity to produce licensed replicas of the Shelby Mustangs,” notes Scarpello. “To a Mustang enthusiast, the Shelbys are special, even mythical. It is a big responsibility to recreate these iconic vehicles in such a way as to retain their unique character, yet make them fully modern and enjoyable to drive.”

There is considerable interest in the Revology Shelby Mustang replica already. “The very first Shelby we will build is for the owner of an original G.T. 350H,” explains Scarpello. “His Revology Shelby will replicate his G.T. 350H, but with all of the modern technology under the surface.” Production of the first Shelby Mustang replica will start later this month at Revology’s Orlando, Florida factory, on the same production line that builds the current line of Revology Mustang replicas.

Shelby’s name is synonymous with Mustang. Already an automotive tour de force in the early 1960s with its Cobra roadster program, Ford turned to Shelby again to give the new Mustang a performance makeover. Shelby took the challenge and with his team designed and built the Shelby G.T. 350, which debuted on January 27th, 1965. By February of that same year, a race-prepped version of the car, the Shelby G.T. 350 R-model, had already won its first SCCA race competing against Corvettes and other sports cars. It wasn’t long before people began to associate the name Shelby with Mustang performance.

Shelby created 562 G.T.350s in 1965. In 1966, Shelby continued the G.T. 350 program and made some slight changes to the car, and added a new model, the G.T. 350H, which was built for the Hertz rental car company. Hertz purchased 1,001 cars and put them into service at rental car locations all over the U.S. in its Hertz Sports Car Club program. Today, well-restored original 1966 G.T. 350s and G.T. 350Hs regularly bring $150,000-$190,000 at auction, while the rarer 1965 models are worth even more.

Revology has been granted an official license to build its Shelby Mustang replica by Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc., the company founded by Carroll Shelby. “We think what Revology Cars is doing is fresh and innovative,” says M. Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International, Inc. and CEO of Carroll Shelby Licensing, Inc. “We like that they leverage modern technology to make significant functional improvements while at the same time remaining faithful to the original Shelby design aesthetic.”

Revology is planning its public reveal of the 1966 G.T. 350 and G.T. 350H replicas in the spring of 2016. When asked if there are plans for additional models, says Scarpello: “It won’t happen overnight, but you can expect us to roll out a complete lineup of Shelby Mustang replicas over time.” With the addition of the Shelby Mustangs, Revology now offers a complete lineup of replicas of the original 1964½-1966 Mustang. Complete information, including pricing, can be found on the Revology website at www.revologycars.com or by contacting Revology Cars directly at (800) 974-4463.