1965 Ford Mustang GT350 tribute - Toybox

By: Guy Allen, Photography by: Lorbek Luxury Cars

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Old-school tribute has the mechanicals to back up the looks

It's undeniable that you’ll travel a long way to find a better-looking muscle car than a sixties Mustang fastback, particularly with race plumage. The sad fact is that the originals are thin on the ground and hugely expensive and this car offers a viable alternative.

Hagerty in the USA currently lists Shelby GT350 values on a scale from well over half a million US dollars for concours to around 380k for one in good but not great condition.

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While the real thing is unquestionably an interesting investment vehicle, it does raise the question over whether it would make any sense to drive it. And that’s where a well screwed-together tribute car makes sense.

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This example claims a pretty extensive list of recent work, including a 351 V8 powerplant, four-speed manual transmission and new chassis bushes and rubbers.

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It remains a left-hooker and seems to present very well. When you look at the cost of building a car to a similar standard, the $80k pricetag at Lorbek.com.au starts to make a fair bit of sense.

The Shelby originals in fact started with a high-performance version of the 289 V8, claiming 271 horses from the factory. They were then given a refresh with Holley four-barrel carburettor, Tri-Y headers (which are still made by a number of aftermarket firms) and dual exhaust. That lot was enough to boost them to 306 horses and (with a four-speed) a top whack a shade over 200km/h.

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Read more on this 1965 Ford Mustang at Lorbek.com.au 

 

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