RE­BIRTH OF AN ICON

NZV8 - - WORLD NEWS -

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!

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