You Can Buy the Only Shelby GT350 With a Factory Vinyl Top

The first 1966 GT350 prototype received a vinyl top to preview a potential factory option. It was the only one.

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Now here's something we had no idea existed: that came from the factory with a vinyl roof. Apparently, Shelby American considered making this an option for the GT350, so its first 1966 prototype was sent to ACME Auto Headlining in Long Beach, Calif. for a blue vinyl roof to be installed. Barrett-Jackson will auction this car at its , so get your bidding muscles ready.

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Shelby American never ended up offering the Vinyl roof as an option for the GT350, and it's unclear if any other surviving pre-production prototypes are so equipped. In any case, this is an extraordinarily rare car. And even if it didn't have the vinyl roof, it'd still be cool—after all, it's 1966 Shelby GT350 #001 and it's totally numbers-matching.

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This car started life as a Wimbledon White K-Code Mustang that came from Ford with the fancy "Pony" interior package. Apparently, it's the only GT350 equipped with this option. Of course, this car comes with a race-ready 289-ci V8 hooked up to a four-speed manual, and other chassis upgrades that sets it apart from lesser Mustangs.

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In 2011, this car was restored to factory-fresh condition, and it's only been driven occasionally since then. It was displayed on the lawn at Pebble Beach in 2015 too, if you had any doubts about its historical importance.

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Of course, this one-of-a-kind GT350 will be expensive. Hagerty says , and considering this car's uniqueness, it wouldn't be surprising to see it crest $300,000.


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