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SHELBY MUSTANG GT-350 PAXTON COMP. "S"
BEAUTIFUL OLD RESTORATION OF AN
ACTUAL RACE CAR
IN CORRECT WIMBLETON WHITE WITH GUARDSMAN BLUE RACING STRIPES AND BASIC
BLACK BUCKET SEATS. THIS IS ONE OF THE ORIGINAL
CARS BUILT BY CARROLL SHELBY AS WRITTEN IN THE SHELBY REGISTRY... RESTORED
AND FULLY RACE EQUIPPED WITH AN ORIGINAL #'S MATCHING PAXTON SUPERCHARGER w/
"Cobra" BLOWER BOX,
PAXTON GAUGES, 24 GALLON FUEL CELL, PRO BUILT 289 V8 / 425+ H.P. BY
ENGINEERING IN LOS ANGELES, FOUR-SPEED T-10 TOP LOADER TRANSMISSION,
HEAVY DUTY CLUTCH PAK, CORRECT AMERICAN RACING MAGNESIUM WHEELS
(NON-DRILLED-CENTERS), ROLLBAR, SIDE EXHAUST, ACTUAL WOOD ORIGINAL COBRA STEERING WHEEL
PLUS, MOTOLITO WOOD BACK-UP ,
REAR-MOUNT BATTERY AND MORE.
THIS IS A REAL S.A.A.C. REGISTRY DOCUMENTED (see
page 485,and page 539) + LETTER FROM SHELBY AMERICAN AUTOMOBILE
CLUB DOCUMENTING IT'S FORD VIN# AND SHELBY GT-350 NUMBER ,
AND THE ORIGINAL SHIPPING INVOICE / REPORT DOCUMENTING THIS CAR
AS A REAL "PAX" UNIT CAR. THIS ORIGINAL SHELBY GT-350
CARRIES IT'S VINTAGE SPORTS
CAR DRIVER ASSOCIATION I.D. #03-583,
AS WELL AS, IT'S ORIGINAL V.A.R.A. (VINTAGE AUTO
RACING ASSOCIATION) LOG BOOKS AND A SIGNED GLOVEBOX BY CARROLL SHELBY. SHE'S 'READY TO RIP' IN VINTAGE
RACING OR ON THE SHOW CIRCUIT. THOUGH IT'S FAR FROM PERFECT, IT WON
FIRST PLACE IN IT'S
THE DETROIT 2003 AUTORAMA. IT HAILS ORIGINALLY
FROM TEXAS AND CALIFORNIA SO, IT'S NOT YOUR TYPICAL NORTHERN RUST- BUCKET. THIS CAR PROUDLY REPLACES OUR RECENTLY SOLD '65
MODEL FOR THE MUSEUM COLLECTION. NOW, WITH
THE SAD PASSING OF ANOTHER AUTOMOTIVE LEGEND THIS CAR, LIKE THE VINTAGE
FERRARI'S, MAKE THE ULTIMATE 401K PLAN
EVER FOR THE FUTURE.
Another piece of
Automotive History from the Performance Hall of Fame by
Carroll Shelby and Ford Motor Co. We acquired SFM6S2168,
listed in the S.A.A.C. Registry, and documented as one
of the 11 Paxton Supercharged Cars built by Carroll Shelby.
That would make it one of the 2,380 Shelby GT-350 "S"
Models made in Los Angeles, Ca. and one of the 1,438 made
"Rent-a-Racers". This car is documented w/ original
delivery to the El Paso Auto Center in Texas and is one
of the very first, real Paxton Supercharged cars. Sold
to Grover Johnson in Fort Bliss, TX. the car then bounced around,
over the last 38 years, from Arizona to California, from Bell
Canyon to Canoga Park to Los Angeles, eventually ending up in
a collection of cars in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 1987, it was given
a frame-off restoration by Zigler Coachworks. They rigged
the car for 'Competition' but, it ended up being mostly 'shown',
not raced ( Logbook shows 9
Exhibition Races over
the last 17 years). It now carries the correct "R-Model"
Plexiglas Rear and Side Windows, Rollbar, Fuel Cell, Updated Disc
Brakes, Fish Mouth "R Code" Grille, Side Exhaust (no
mufflers) Non-Drilled Magnesium Wheels, Wood Steering Wheel and
current Racing Seats. It was delivered complete with Logbooks,
Photo's of the Winning History, copy of the original Shelby Bill
of Sale (confirming it's history & "Pax" status)
and numerous restoration invoices totaling $41,951.
After initial production
of the first 250 "Carryover Cars", only 1,188 Shelby
GT-350's were delivered as traditional "Street" (Non-Hertz)
Shelby's and, we are told, (despite published book versions) that
Factory records and the S.A.A.C Registry show only ELEVEN**
were actually fitted by Shelby with Paxton Supercharger
Equipment. Since Shelby only sold 32 actual factory "R"
Models in 1965 for Corporate / Public use, several of these 1966
models have been turned into "R" Code Race Cars
( at least 3 documented) for private use. History will tell us that
it was Granatelli that approached Carroll Shelby with the idea
of adding a Supercharger on the GT-350's as an option. Shelby
lent Granatelli 5S425 as a test vehicle. The skeptical
Shelby brought a 289 Cobra and the two met back of the Airport.
When Granatelli 'walked away' from the Cobra, Shelby was convinced
and added the Paxton Superchargers as an expensive 'option'
By April,1966 Shelby-American
made special arrangements with Paxton Products to install
it's Superchargers on GT-350's, both 4-Spd. and Automatic, as
a "Special Option". This included the Supercharger Drive
Unit and Air Cleaner, 460cfm Autolite Carburetor (ours carries a 750
cfm Holley), Cobra Cast Aluminum Carburetor Enclosure, Paxton
Supercharger, Special Fuel Pump, Carburetor Jets, and Ignition
Points. The only other modification required was an air-inlet
hole cut into the radiator bulkhead, on the driver's side. The
compressor was mounted behind the hole and mated with a mesh grille.
The Factory advised dealers this unit would add
more horsepower but, it came at a very
high price in 1966:
namely $670. This also included a Blower Pressure
Gauge and Fuel Pressure Gauge mounted in a small chrome panel
under the dash. Early Supercharger boxes were painted Black and
got Red, White & Blue CS Shelby-American emblems re-attached
to them. The first official 'factory' Supercharged car was 6S051
which was painted Green and given a special stripe designation
"GT 350S". At that time Shelby was planning on producing
Paxton equipped cars as 'special models'. However, it was
later decided to instead offer the Supercharger as an option. Various
road tests of the cars in 1966 placed the peak horsepower at 400.
Some books vacillate on exact total production but, it is documented,
our car was discounted and sold new as a Paxton Supercharged
equipped street car to the dealer for $4,436.57 and it was shipped
to El Paso June 1,1966.
The motor has since
been 'heavily breathed on' by the wizard's at
and boasts 425+ h.p.. It carries a Competition Spring Package,
Big Block Aluminum Radiator Conversion, Balanced and Blueprinted
289 Hi-Po Block, 351 "W" Race Port & Studded Heads
with Ferroa Valves,
Holly 750 Carb on a Edelbrock
Aluminum Intake, Crane Cam w/ Solid Lifters,
Force 10" Clutch, Ford Electronic Ignition w/
Rev Control, original early Paxton unit, a set of
original Paxton Gauges, and DAH Custom
headers. The engine features the correct (huge) Oil Breather stacks
and over-sized Aviad Oil Pan. The gas tank was replaced
by a 24 gallon fuel cell which is fed only by opening the trunk.
Receipts total $41,971.76 spent on the chassis, drive train and
body engineering. The glove-box is signed by "Carroll Shelby".... we have a
complete set of original Showroom Brochures*
original equipment Racing Seats (one for skinny butts and one for fat arses).
There's a little
doubt as to why even Carroll Shelby gave notice, in 1965, to all
Corvette's that ..."The only time a Vette would see Victory
Circle was if a Shelby GT350 didn't show up".
great Shelby car supporting his legend and memory.
** Many Thanks
to Craig Conley- Paradise Paxton for his help rebuilding the correct,
serial numbered, early unit. Despite the early Shelby Books stating
"fewer than 150 were sold". Conley tells us ONLY 11
were shipped by Shelby and the SAAC Registry backs him up.
*Some items mentioned will not be included in the eventual sale.