Ford's team had to work super hard from the autumn of 1962 until the spring of 1964 to turn the Falcon into America's favorite pony car. Yet the development process shifted into an even higher gear once the first cars hit the road as 1964½ models. At that point, who could have seen that just a year later, Shelby would launch the hot version known as the GT350?
In 1965, Shelby American built 562 fastbacks with the 289 cubic inch "Cobra hi-risers" producing more than 300 horsepower. At that point, Steve Beck couldn't buy one, because he was eight years old. His time came a decade later, when he chose the beaten Shelby over a Boss 302 on his quest to get some American muscle, and partly to impress a shop where he wished to work as a mechanic.
He got the job, and hasn't let the Shelby go ever since. Jailed twice for it, ticketed quite more frequently, the GT350 was his daily driver for 21 years. Sometime in the nineties, it was turned into a vintage race machine. Hotter engine, quicker steering, Koni shocks. Of course all the original parts back at home, with the numbers matching. Not that Steve would be selling his $900 GT350. Not in this life.