Nevada Shelby American Automobile Club



1965 SHELBY GT350


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  Shelby Vehicle Identification Number     Ford Vehicle Identification Number
S Shelby 5 Model Year (1965)
F Ford   R Assembly Plant (San Jose, California)
M Mustang 09 Body Code (2 Dr. Fastback)
5 Production Year (1965) K Engine Code (289 Cubic in. 271 High Performance)
S Street or R - Race 123456 Consecutive Unit Number

Consecutive production number: Begins with 001 and ends with 562





        Stock color-Wimbledon White

        Optional Lemans stripes-Guardsman Blue

        The first 65 Shelby's came with an all fiberglass hood with a round hole plenum or                                               nicknamed  "Port Hole" (Car # 001-113)

        Hood-one piece fiberglass with integral scoop, held closed by two racing. type klik-pins (Car # 113-500)

        The 1965 GT350 also came with a steel frame inner structure fiberglass hood that was introduced early on #122 or so and used intermittently through out production ( a better hood, but apparently harder to get)

        Outside mirror -dealer-installed option, usually chrome

        Talbot-type bullet mirror

        Wheels, standard-15x5 1/2 steel wheels painted silver

        Wheels, optional- 15x6 specially made Cragar wheels, aluminum centers with chromed steel rims, special 'CS' center caps



        Stock color-Black

        Steering wheel-15-in. dia. 3-spoke aluminum with riveted wood rim and plastic 'Cobra' center cap

        Tach/oil pressure gauge-specially made 'CS' 0-8000 RPM, Tach, 'CS' oil pressure gauge, mounted in black plastic bezel on center of dash

        Seat belts-3 in. wide competition, black with chrome hardware, manufactured by "Ray Brown" , "American Safety" or "IMPACT"

        Rear shelf-one piece black fiberglass, replaces rear seat and mounts spare tire



        289 C.I.D./271 H.P. Ford Hi-Po block and heads

        'COBRA' finned aluminum hollow-letter valve covers

        'COBRA' aluminum 71/2 qt. oil pan

        'COBRA' (small letters) aluminum hi-rise intake manifold - These have "S1MS" numbers,

Early cars (before #100) have been observed with 'COBRA"(small letters) but without "S1MS" numbers!

        715 CFM Holley carburetor - LeMans bowl carb had only a 3259 list number and a 3 digit date code                             below it to identify it.

        'Tri- Y' steel tubing exhaust headers glass packed bullet mufflers with side-exiting exhausts

        Some cars had trunk-mounted battery - Early cars (To about 324)were the only                                       "documented" cars to get a factory rear battery.



        Borg Warner T -10 close-ratio with aluminum case



        9-in. Ford with Detroit Automotive locking rear end



        Lowered (1 in.) front upper A-arms

        Special lengthened pitman and idler arms

        Larger 1-in. front sway bar

        Koni adjustable shock absorbers

        Monte Carlo stabilizer bar

        Export brace

        Driveshaft safety loop

        Rear torque control arms (override traction bars)

        Axle limiting cables in rear



        Front discs

        Large rear drums ,

        Sintered metallic linings front & rear

        Large master cylinder

        Proportioning valve

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