In 1965, Shelby American modified a large number of Wimbledon White fastbacks directly from the San Jose factory with the 271hp (289ci, V8) engine. The converted cars were named the GT-350 because there was 350 feet between Shelby's main assembly line and the engine room. The engine modifications boosted its performance up to 306hp with a Cobra aluminum high-rise intake manifold, 715cfm Holley four-barrel carburetor, Cobra cast aluminum finned valve covers and 6.5 quart oil pan, steel tubing "Try-Y" exhaust headers, low restriction mufflers, and dual side-exit exhaust pipes. Body modifications included a fiberglass hood with NASCAR-style pins and functional scoop, a cleaned-up grille with a Mustang logo which would become the 1969 Mustang standard, and all were Wimbledon White with blue 10-inch wide racing "LeMans" stripes. Interior modifications included a high-performance instrumented dash, a collection of different wooden steering wheels, removing the back seats and placing the spare tire there to classify it as an SCCA racing series sports car, and many others. Shelby VIN plates were affixed directly over the Ford VIN numbers. In total, 562 units were built in 1965 which included 521 street versions priced at $4,547, 34 of the converted cars were named the GT-350R race-prepared models priced at $5,995, 4 drag racing versions, and 3 prototypes.
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|VIN||Displacement||Carb||Compression||Max Power||Max Torque|
|Shelby GT-350 306hp V8||S||289ci||4-bbl||10.5:1||306hp 6000rpm||329ft-lb 4200rpm|
|Shelby GT-350R 350hp V8||R||289ci||4-bbl||10.5:1||350hp 5400rpm||350ft-lb 3200rpm|
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