1965 Shelby GT350 Drag Unit surfaces as 12-second bass vintage car
Despite what appears to be a Dodge-dominated world, it’s hard to imagine a drag race today without some sort of Mustang sitting in front of the Christmas tree. And it started from the earliest days of the nickname.
Seeing how the Mustang received significant opposition from competing muscle cars in the 1960s, one of the companies that gave the model its full attention, Shelby, decided to prepare some of the GT350 models with the goal of increasing the sales.
Working with a specialist tuning house called Performance Associates, a number of eight Shelby GT350s from 1965 and 1966 were modified to NHRA Sport Stock and AHRA B / Sports requirements and became known as Drag Units.
The car you are looking at now is such a drag unit. This is actually the sixth GT350 modified by Performance Associates to make it suitable for a fast descent on the Strip, and has just appeared on the lot of cars that auction house Barrett-Jackson will send under the hammer in January in Scottsdale, Arizona.
Hidden away for around 50 years, according to its seller, the car has a long racing history. He saw action in 1966 and 1967 in the Sport Stock Series in Sacramento, Fremont and Carlsbad, and even set an NHRA class record at the time, reaching 110.83 mph (178.36 km / h) and ending the race in just 12.38 seconds.
After being withdrawn from official races, he participated, from 1968 to 1971, in “a little underground street action.” It was then put into storage, where it remained until 2013, with just 6,455 miles (10,388 km) on the odometer. Now it’s sale, âUnrestored and as a race. “
And as an added touch of appeal, it should be noted that, although it has not been used for a long time, the GT350 has been registered every year, and it comes with the original documentation, invoices and correspondence.