Cars

Throwback Thursday: 1966 Shelby GT350

Some cars don’t really need much of an introduction, and the Shelby GT350 is one of them. Carroll Shelby’s first foray into high performance Mustangs has never really wavered from American icon status, so we tracked down an original brochure that spells out exactly why the car was so special, even in 1966.

Whereas the original Mustang was meant for secretaries, the Shelby was more about, um, picking up secretaries?

A little gratuitous sideways action with someone’s feet out the window never hurt anyone.

The car wasn’t necessarily all that far ahead of its time from a mechanical standpoint, but it was definitely out there for the marketers, who could only refer to the “Cobra-ized” engine as “super-powered.” Good thing it had “horsepower aplenty.”

It’s the little things that made the car so great, like mounting the tach higher up so you don’t have to look down to see it.

The real beauty of this brochure is right at the end: a list of every difference between a regular Mustang and the Shelby, detailing everything from heat-dispersing fins on the oil pan to the special gearing used in the steering rack. Parsing the details, you really do get an appreciation for how much was done to these cars.

Aaron Miller is the Rides editor for Supercompressor. It’s been entirely too long since he rode in a Shelby of any sort.