REBIRTH OF AN ICON
The world has gone Mustang crazy, and for good reason — after all, the current sixth-generation marks the first global-export derivative of the iconic American pony car. Not only is it available in uncharted territories, but it’s also the first Ford Mustang produced in a long time that has been developed and manufactured beyond the global standard. It is a truly fantastic vehicle. As it turns out, new Mustang production is also looking to take a step backwards. Well, maybe not exactly backwards, but the iconic 1965 Shelby GT350R fastback is set to return to limited production, in a project overseen by Pete Brock, Jim Marietta, and Ted Sutton — all of who contributed to the development and production of the original 1965 Shelby GT350R. The reproductions are officially licensed by both Ford Motor Company and Carroll Shelby International, with production limited to a mere 36 cars. They are to be built around reconditioned original Mustang bodyshells, with classic interior treatment. Power will be provided by the venerable 289ci Windsor and Toploader four-speed manual combo. However, the modern GT350s will not be all heritage styling and execution. Beneath the subtly updated exterior styling lies independent rear suspension (IRS) based on a ’60s design — one that was originally designed for Shelby’s race Mustangs but never got the go-ahead due to time and cost. Now it looks as if it has, although this is going to be one Mustang out of the reach of mere mortals such as ourselves!