1965 Shelby Mustang GT350 VIN: SFM5S517
This blue striped beauty is number 517 of the 562 Shelby Mustang GT350s built in 1965. The smallest and lightest of the GT 350 models, the 2-seater fastback came with the "Cobra hi-riser" K-Code 289ci, 306 hp V8 attached to a 4-speed Borg-Warner T-10 manual transmission. As with all 1965 GT350s, 5S517 is painted Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue rocker stripes. It has the optional Le Mans top stripes, also in Guardsman Blue.
Finished in July of 1965, 517 remained in Shelby American's possession until January of 1966 when the car was finally sent out into the world to find its first owner.
It found a home in the spring of 1966 with Fred H. Thompson of Jackson, MS. After a couple years of use Fred fancied a '62 Corvette belonging to Ronnie MacDowell, also of Jackson, MS and traded the car straight across. MacDowell got the itch less than a year later and 517 was swapped again, this time to Sam E. Scott for a 1967 Shelby GT350 #097.
Scott was a partner in the Bolus & Snopes Race Team. They were campaigning the 1966 Shelby GT350H #6S1828, and during a short window between races the decision was made to pull 517's engine and put it into the race
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