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1966 GT350 - shlby66 - 12/2007

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  1. rshelby

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    Shelby Forums - Car of the Month - December 2007
    12/2007 shlby66

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    Shelby Forums username: shlby66

    Year: 1966
    Make: Shelby
    Model: GT350
    Shelby Number: 6S188
    Engine: Original Hi-PO 289
    Trans: Original aluminium 4-speed
    Exterior color: White ( Blue Stripes )
    Interior color: Black
    Selling Dealer: Archie Cochran Ford Billings, MT

    Options:

    • [*]Special Alloy Wheels
      [*]Stripes
      [*]Rear Seat


    Description/History:

    This Shelby is an early 1966 "carryover" car that was picked up at the factory by Bill Mavity, a salesman for Archie Cochran Ford in Billings, MT on 10/27/1965. The original owner, James Phelps of Livingston, MT added an over the counter wood steering wheel. He campaigned the car in SCCA ralleys and gymkhanas. The car was later purchased in April 1972 by James Knudson of Boise, ID, who used the car as a daily driver while attending college. Next the car was purchased by Bill Clements of Hardin, MT in June 1975. He used 6S188 as a daily driver until he put it in storage in 1978. Later, the car was purchased by Doug Cresanta of Allendale, NJ in December of 1991. At this point in time, the Shelby had been stored in a sugar beet warehouse for 13 years. A mechanical restoration was done and the Shelby still has most of its original paint. The Cragers have been restored and a Doug Holmberg exhaust system has been installed along with a Detroit locker. A 1966 package tray was installed as well. The car has been driven to most SAAC conventions since its purchase.

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    Re: 12/2007 - 1966 GT350 - shlby66

    Doug, awesome looking car.:thumbsup: Do you know what the story is on the yellow stripes? Also, I love the fact that is has original paint and you drive it.:thumbup:
     
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    Re: 12/2007 - 1966 GT350 - shlby66

    Doug,

    Great looking car and I am glad that you do drive it. After the '67s, the '66s are definitely my second favorite year of Shelby. Take good care of it and please do keep driving and enjoying your car.

    Best regards,
    Eric
     
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    Re: 12/2007 - 1966 GT350 - shlby66

    Wow, what a car! Do you have any pictures of it before you purchased the car? I would like to see it in that sugar beet warehouse. I love to hear the histories of each car. The original paint looks great! Thanks for sharing Doug!!!
    Randall
     
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    Re: 12/2007 - 1966 GT350 - shlby66

    Proof positive that Doug drives his car, look at the plates and then the background. That's not Allendale, NJ! I've known Doug since before he bought this car, back when he only had his '67 G.T.350. To say he's an enthusiast is an understatement. The car still looks as good in these pictures as when I first saw it. Way to go Doug.
     
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    Re: 12/2007 - 1966 GT350 - shlby66

    Awesome looking car!!!!!!
    Great to see!!!!
    Vern
     
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    Re: 12/2007 - 1966 GT350 - shlby66

    I thought the same thing...they don't grow palms like that in New Jersey! :thumbup:
    RS
     
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    Re: 12/2007 - 1966 GT350 - shlby66

    67GT500#2100,

    Thanks for all your help, Larry. I'll send you an e-mail on the stripes.
    shlby66
     
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    Re: 12/2007 - 1966 GT350 - shlby66

    ELJ1st500,

    Don't worry, Eric. After several Shelbys thru the years; this one is the "keeper". Will be driving and enjoying it for a long time!
    shlby66
     
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    Re: 12/2007 - 1966 GT350 - shlby66

    rsimkins,

    Well Roy, I didn't think anyone could remember back that far. But thanks for
    the PR. The Shelby is still in California at this time. I'm having some maintenance and upgrades taken care of. When you drive them, you got to take of them. And I only trust my long time friends to do their magic on it.
    shlby66
     
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    Re: 12/2007 - 1966 GT350 - shlby66

    vernonestes,

    Thankyou for the compliments! I've had this one for a while now and just
    plan on driving it.
    shlby66
     
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    Re: 12/2007 - 1966 GT350 - shlby66

    rshelby,

    Well Randall, your observation is correct. No palm trees in NJ. ( only in hotel
    lobbys in pots ) I do have some pictures when it came out of hiding. I will try to figure how they can be put in this format. It sure was an ugly duckling.
    Lots of work to bring back the shine on the original paint.
    shlby66
     

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