Fort Lauderdale | Lot 431
1970 Shelby GT 350
$59,950 USD | Sold
| Fort Lauderdale, Florida
15 March 2014
The updated GT 350 of 1969 introduced a number of stylistic and mechanical changes and, like any good car, a touch of drama. The GT 350’s new engine was a Windsor 351-cubic inch V-8, registering 290 brake horsepower. Cosmetic changes included a new grille, hood, side ducts to help cool the engine and rear brakes, and an overall body length that grew by four inches. Ford handled the redesign work of the 1969 GT350 themselves, giving Carroll Shelby little input. As a result, Shelby pulled his contract with Ford in the summer of 1969.
With this in mind, Ford wanted to keep consumer interest in the GT 350 alive, leading to some corporate mischief. Ford sent the 788 unsold 1969 Shelbys to Kar Kraft, the aftermarket shop that assembled the Boss 429 in Dearborn, Michigan, to outfit them with hood stripes and a chin spoiler. Ford made these modifications in 1969 in order to avoid an upcoming federal law that required the installation of an anti-theft locking steering column in 1970. Upon leaving factory grounds for a third time, these unsold 1969 Shelbys were given new VIN numbers and data plates for 1970.
This orange with black GT 350 fastback is nicely equipped with factory air conditioning, factory Shelby mag wheels, rear window sport slats, fold-down rear seat, racing mirrors with driver’s side remote and an aftermarket AM/FM radio.