- New 347 cubic inch BluePrint Engines V8 which produces 330 horsepower and 380 lb./ft. of torque
- 4-speed manual transmission
- Eaton Posi-traction rear end that's complete with 3.73 gears
- 14 inch chrome Magnum 500 wheels
- R-M paint with Diamont clearcoat
- New black and white vinyl interior
If you're a Ford fan, you've undoubtedly noticed the plethora of high quality Mustangs we've featured over the past six months. From our authentic 1968 Shelby GT500KR to the brutal Boss 557 we sold in a little less than five days, RK Motors Charlotte is working hard to become your number one source for top notch Ford pony cars. But with prices of documented collector cars and serious pro-touring builds climbing faster than a P-51 in a dog fight, owning a piece of six-figure Detroit muscle can be more nerve racking than it is fun. That's why the smart enthusiast who likes driving and enjoying his hardware buys a slick, fully-sorted weekend cruiser like this 1965 Shelby GT350-H tribute. With solid, recently restored Arizona sheet metal, a fire-breathing stroker motor and a striking new interior, this car is the ULTIMATE way to enjoy the classic car hobby!
Hitting the desert roads as a run of the mill fastback and then spending 25 years of its life in carefully guarded dry storage, this solid '65 Mustang would prove the perfect starting point for a top notch Shelby GT350-H conversion. Its rotisserie restoration began with hours spent massaging its solid panels into a completely wave-free and arrow straight canvas. Once that intense labor and high quality detail work resulted in excellent fit and finish, a smooth and glossy coat of black R-M urethane was adorned with Metallic gold stripes, sealed in a durable Diamont clearcoat shell, and accented with correctly stenciled “G.T. 350 H” side stripes. Take one glance at this '65 Shelby's super slick body and you'll see what high quality craftsmanship performed by a dedicated group of individuals truly looks like. And today, it's one sinister fastback tribute car which mixes the classic design of a first generation Mustang with the dedication of an expert restoration and the kind of all-business attitude that's only found behind the fangs of a Cobra.
It's obvious Ford has always sweated the details on the Mustang; and with its attractive brightwork, this sweet fastback presents a finished, high quality appearance which goes far beyond its nice paint and fresh decals. At the leading edge of the car a stainless, Shelby style grille hangs pristine horizontal bars between two perfectly functioning stainless trimmed headlights, a great looking chrome bumper and a Shelby 'R' front valence that's complete with chrome trimmed parking lights. At the top of that grille, a traditional metal hood, which is secured by well-aligned metal pins, carries a familiar Shelby hood scoop. And at the top of the car, like-new windows are bordered by straight stainless trim, tweaked satin finished wipers and chrome drip rails which look like they're fresh off the showroom floor. The profile of the car presents a slick, purpose-built appearance with pristine chrome door handles, a chrome English racing mirror, standard rear air scoops and chrome “289” fender emblems being the only baubles that disrupt the otherwise smooth black paint. And at the back of the car, the metallic gold stripes center a chrome GT350 fuel filler cap between two clear, segmented brake lights, a passenger's side mounted “GT350” emblem and a second great looking chrome bumper.
With the body finished and the rest of the project well underway, it was time to find a suitable powerplant; and given this Mustang's predisposition to both class and muscle, a bolt in strip mill simply wouldn't do the trick. Pull the pins on the solid steel hood and you'll find a brand new 347 cubic inch BluePrint Engines stroker motor that's been balanced, bored .040 over, and bathed in a slick coat of jet-black paint. At the top of that hot small block, air flows from a fully functional hood scoop into a chrome, freshly decaled air cleaner which rides on a 600 cfm 4-barrel carburetor. That carburetor sends a perfect air/fuel mixture into a dual-plane aluminum intake which is bolted between modified Ford heads that have been fitted with swirl polished valves, hardened rods and fresh chrome valve covers. Once that air/fuel mixture hits the cylinders, a new HEI distributor lights fires through black Hi-Temp Super Stock Spiral Core plug wires. A high volume oil pump makes sure all the right parts get all the right fluids. A flat tappet hydraulic lifter cam combines with a cast steel crank, hypereutectic pistons and moly rings, to create 330 horsepower and 380 lb./ft. or pavement melting torque. And a solid set of free breathing long tube headers turn explosive combustion into a mechanical symphony of power and speed. Aesthetically, this awesome mill sits in a completely restored engine bay which has been covered in a smooth coat of traditional satin black paint. And nice pieces like a chrome brace bar, a reproduction Autolite StaFul battery, a correct FoMoCo washer fluid bag, reproduction Ford hoses, and a fresh Autolite voltage regulator provide the visual punch to match the cars highly detailed exterior panels.
What would an excellent restoration be without a great foundation? Take a look under this Mustang and you'll find solid, over-restored floors that are highlighted by a clean chassis and some serious performance hardware. Behind the stout 347, a familiar 4-speed manual transmission spins a high performance Eaton Posi-traction rear end that's equipped with tall 3.73 gears. At the ends of the car, a restored double A-arm front and rear leaf spring suspension maximizes both launch and handling characteristics; and at the corners of the car, manual drum brakes provide firm, fade-free stops. Step on the throttle and a fresh stainless fuel tank supplies gas to fresh stainless fuel lines while the ceramic coated headers hurl exhaust into mandrel bent, true dual pipes which breathe through an H-Pipe crossover and aggressive dual chamber mufflers. Power is put to the pavement by great looking 14 inch chrome Magnum 500s that are wrapped in brand new 215/70 and 245/60 redline tires. And everything under this car from its stainless hardware to its slick black oil pan is fully sorted and ready to go!
Open the door to this well-done Mustang and you'll find a fully restored cockpit that mixes clean white vinyl with a standard black base color to provide an exceptionally attractive driving environment. The factory bucket seats wear new pleated covers between two piece lap belts and new chrome hardware; and the new dual cowl dash pad looks like it came straight out of the box yesterday morning. Inside that dash, a traditional black instrument panel holds a full assortment of fully rebuilt gauges between new chrome knobs for the car's accessories and a correct AM radio. And below that dash, a new Hurst shifter, which is complete with a traditional white cue ball knob, gaits through a chrome trimmed rubber boot. At the sides of the car, layered door panels are decorated with pristine stainless trim, new chrome handles for the doors and windows and pristine chrome armrests. And at the bottom of the car, new black carpet is protected by heavy duty, Mustang branded floor mats. At the top of the car, a fresh white headliner stretches from the front of the car to its fully restored and correctly finished hatch. And in front of the driver, an impressive chrome spoked and wood trimmed steering wheels spins in front of a slick column mounted tachometer and continuous motion electric clock.
There's simply nothing like keying up a legendary muscle car. The sound, the feeling of the idle, and the relentless surge of torque as you power through the gears. It's very rare to find a fully sorted, well-executed restoration which carries an asking price of roughly half what the car cost to build, but this Mustang is exactly that. And if you're looking for a highly desirable muscle car that will provide you years of weekend fun, and rack up more than its fair share of fans and trophies, this is your kind of car!
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After hearing good things about the people at RK Motors, I contacted them regarding consignment of my street rod. I found Tony Klein to be a pleasure to work with. He was very professional and forthcoming in our communications. He evaluated my vehicle and made suggestions of enhancements which would help ensure the desired result would be achieved in the marketing of the vehicle. We agreed on an acceptable sale price. Following the completion of the recommended items, I brought the vehicle to RK for consignment. After a thorough inspection and correction of some minor issues at what I considered a fair price, the vehicle was offered for sale. It sold quickly with me receiving the agreed value. I would have to repeat the recommendation that I received. RK Motors does what they say they will do, and obtains for the seller a fair and agreed value. What more could you ask for?Doug C.