In the late Sixties, Ford wanted to race its successful Mustang ‘Pony Car’ and approached famed racer and Cobra sports car builder Carroll Shelby to develop the car. Body-wise, frontal changes included a glass fibre bonnet with twin air scoops and pin fasteners and a larger grille. At the rear, louvres were fitted along with sequential tail-lights, a special Shelby snap-open fuel cap and big-bore tail pipes.
Looking for an alpha-numeric name, Shelby paced out the distance from his workshop to the conference room and found it to be “about 350 feet”. So GT350 it was. For 1968, the car was officially known as a SHELBY COBRA GT350 as Ford wanted to publicise the Cobra name.
In 1968, the GT350’s 289 cubic inch engine was replaced with Ford’s new 302 (five-litre) V8, which featured hydraulic valve lifters and a 600-cfm Holley four-barrel carburettor mounted on a high-volume intake manifold. It produced 186 kilowatts and 420 Newton-metres of torque.
|Country of Origin||USA|
|Engine Type||V8 302 cu/in|
|Power Output||105 BHP or 78 kW|
|Transmission Type||3-speed Select-O-Matic|
|Braking System||discs in front, drums at the back|
|Top speed||225 km/h or 139 mph|