Classics – 1965 Shelby GT350R is alive with original crew image

Continuation series – as the expensive ones provided by carmakers such as Jaguar or Aston Martin – are a neat way to gain access to an iconic model through an official, authentic recreation.

The 1965 Shelby GT350R Mustang is now the latest classic legend to join this interesting niche, thanks to a new series of continuation specials – and best of all, certain original workers from Shelby provided input for the new ones. “Three of us who created the first Shelby GT350Rs at the Venice, California, race shop reunited in 2015 for a very special project. We agreed to build the ‘R’ model that we envisioned in 1965, but couldn’t due to time, expense and other restraints,” explains Jim Marietta, CEO of the Original Venice Crew company.

Just 36 of the “new” 1965 GT350R Mustangs will be manufactured, matching the original series for the model year – with full licensing from Carroll Shelby and Ford, meaning they’ll sport a Shelby serial number. The Mustangs will be even better than the originals – sporting some period-correct mechanical upgrades – but motivation is still provided by a tuned 289-cubic-inch (4.7-liter) V8 routed through four-speed manual gearbox.