There are loads of organizations out there developing continuation versions of authentic Shelby Mustangs beneath license, but only one particular is run by authentic crew members who worked at Shelby American far more than half a century in the past.

The crew consists of Peter Brock, Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton, and with each other with Shelby historian Randy Richardson they’ve formed the new business Authentic Venice Crew. The company’s title is a nod to Shelby’s authentic headquarters in Venice, California, and the very first solution is a continuation edition of the 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Competitors, a vehicle far more generally referred to as the Shelby GT350R.

It turns out Shelby had in fact named the vehicle a GT350 Competitors, but simply because Shelby’s race vehicles featured an “R” in their VINs, every person referred to it as the “R model” and above the many years this morphed into the GT350R title we know right now. Which is just one particular of the authentic stories you will discover about the vehicle in the newest video from the Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube channel, which characteristics Marietta and Sutton with a prototype.

L to R: Peter Brock, Ted Sutton and Jim Marietta

L to R: Peter Brock, Ted Sutton and Jim Marietta

So how did this undertaking come about? Marietta was just a teen when he joined Shelby in the early 1960s. At the age of 71, he came up with the notion of rebuilding the GT350 Competitors. The good news is he was even now in make contact with with Brock and Sutton, and when Richardson joined, OVC then produced a company program and took it to Shelby to see if the contemporary business would be interested in licensing, making and marketing the continuation vehicle. The good news is, the solution was yes. As with the authentic, only 36 OVC Shelby Competitors continuation vehicles will be constructed, such as this prototype. There is no word if any create slots are even now offered.

The objective was to make the GT350 Competitors continuation as faithful and genuine to the authentic as they fairly could, appropriate down to making use of authentic ’65 Mustang chassis. OVC’s Shelby GT350 Competitors is not precisely the very same as the authentic, even though. In addition to a handful of contemporary security things, the business implemented some patterns envisioned by Brock but in no way utilized back in the day simply because Brock had to depart the undertaking for an assignment in Europe. These contain an authentic Shelby-created independent rear suspension, disc brakes all all around, and a flat rear windshield.

There is also far more energy…a great deal far more energy. The authentic may have been excellent for 306 horsepower, but these OVC-fortified 289-cubic inch V-8s crank out 440 horses. The transmission is a Borg Warner “side loader” four-velocity guide, the carburetor an air-filterless four-barrel Holley, and each bushing and bearing in the vehicle is all new. The authentic speedometer and dash binnacle are replaced with a racy array of time period-seeking Stewart-Warner gauges. Quite awesome.