Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
January 14, 2019

We’ve mentioned the exquisite turn-key continuation 1965 Ford Shelby G.T. 350 Competition models that the Original Venice Crew (OVC) are building and have even driven the prototype. With production in full swing the OVC crew have been inundated with queries regarding restorations, repairs, and upgrades from classic Mustang and Shelby owners. To try and satisfy this demand OVC has assembled a “dream team” to aid in restorations, upgrades, and repairs of these heritage level performance vehicles, including Shelby Cobras, Ford GT40s, and of course Shelby Mustangs.

“Over the past year, many discerning collectors and enthusiasts have approached us to maintain and restore their performance car,” said Jim Marietta, CEO of OVC. “It is becoming very difficult to source the knowledge, talent, and parts necessary to maintain these special vehicles. Since Ted (Sutton) and I were at Shelby American when many of these cars were introduced during the 1960s, they were anxious to secure our services. So we’ve begun accepting a limited number of these special machines. This makes OVC perfect for people who really care about authenticity, reliability, and most of all, winning.”

In addition to the talents of the OVC team, Marietta has created an unprecedented team of experts who are available for collaboration on projects: -World champion Bob Bondurant will provide historical information, handling suggestions and race prep consulting services

-Veteran Shelby racing driver and Le Mans winner John Morton, who tests the Shelby continuation cars, will provide handling and race prep input, including on track testing -Cobra and GT40 mechanic Charlie Agapiou from the Shelby Le Mans and world champion team will provide fabrication, repair, and installation consulting services -Shelby engine guru Jim O’Leary can oversee engine builds and provide historical input

OVC will limit the number of special projects it accepts as it is still in full production for the 1965 Ford Shelby G.T. 350 Competition model cars. These cars are assembled at the Shelby facility in Southern California, just as Carroll Shelby and the racers did in 1965. OVC has licenses from Carroll Shelby Licensing and Ford Motor Company to build a run of 36 of the continuation 1965 Ford Shelby G.T.350 Competition model cars. OVC is the only company with this dual authority. Those interested in restoration services from OVC can call (714) 305-8578 or visit

Photography by Original Venice Crew