An exceptionally well restored 1966 Shelby GT350 crosses the Russo and Steele auction block at their Monterey auction, taking place August 13–15. On the show field, this GT350 is one of only two Shelbys to earn the following elite awards:
- SAAC National Convention Division I Concours Premier Award (perfect authenticity score)
- Mustang Club of America (MCA) Grand National Thoroughbred Division Gold Award (twice)
- MCA Authenticity Award (only open to Silver or Gold Thoroughbred Division winners)
No other 1965/66 Shelby has ever won both SAAC Premiere and MCA Thoroughbred Gold awards, let alone all three!
This 1966 Shelby GT350 change-over car, serial number 6S213, was shipped from Shelby American to McFaydens Ford, Omaha, Nebraska on October 15, 1965, and delivered to its original owner, Ralph Barbe on November 20. Barbe was a life-long active member of the Nebraska Region SCCA and used 6S213 sparingly for time-distance rallies, gymkhanas, and other club-related events, before selling it in 1990 with only 23,617 miles on the clock to the current owner. While 6S213 was a one-owner, rust-free, and undamaged car not needing restoration, it was restored nonetheless to join the current owner’s 1965 GT350 (5S179), which is one of the country’s best unrestored examples. The restoration work was performed by Jim Cowles and Shane Whiting of Shelby Parts and Restoration, and Bob Perkins of Perkins Restoration. Complete photographic documentation collected during disassembly confirmed all factory paint codes and inspection marks. Since the entire underside of the car had been heavily undercoated prior to delivery to the original owner, all undercoating was removed by hand, with the floor pans neither media-blasted nor stripped during restoration. This care made it possible for Mr. Perkins to apply only enough paint onto the floor pans to match their original overspray patterns. The effort to remain factory-correct also extended to the exterior paint finish, which beautifully simulates the factory’s work with the correct amount of orange peel.
The Shelby retains its complete, matching-numbers drivetrai, including the aluminum-case T-10 4-speed, and the engine, transmission, and rear end were completely inspected and refreshed to factory specifications during the restoration. Only the original and first-design, date-coded NOS parts were utilized in the restoration, which were located and collected over a 12-year timeframe, including entire NOS front suspension, full NOS 1965-dated exhaust system, correct assembly-line battery, restored Cragar wheels retaining the original outer rims, four excellent original Goodyear Blue Dot tires, and an NOS spare. In fact, well over $100,000 was spent on NOS parts alone. All parts, fasteners, and hardware feature correct finishes, consistent with original specifications. Extensive detailing of the car included the careful duplication of all original inspection marks, part identifiers, paint codes, and more. Further setting this outstanding GT350 apart from the rest, it is devoid of the usual Le Mans stripes seen on the majority of other examples.
Additional items include the GT350’s original window sticker, manuals, Koni shock absorber instructions, Rohm & Haas Plexiglas care sheet, a copy of the invoice issued to the selling dealer, dealer key fob, documentation from the vehicle’s original owner, and judging sheets. Not driven since restoration to ensure its future preservation, 6S213 clearly benefits from careful preparation and ongoing maintenance by Whitings Restoration, with proper climate-controlled storage. As offered, it will continue to win the highest awards at any SAAC and MCA national events the new owner should choose to enter. Quite possibly the most accurately restored early Shelby GT350 in the country, with the awards to prove it, 6S213 is now offered publicly for the first time and marks an outstanding find that will not soon be matched.