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Carroll Shelby's team had been campaigning Ford's Mustang 'pony car' with considerable success in US and capitising on this, Shelby began manufacturing modified Mustangs. These cars were to be officially sanctioned and sold through selected Ford dealerships and the very first Shelby Mustang was the model we are offering onto the market, the 350GT. The model was launched in 1965 and powered by a modified version of Ford's 289ci 4.7 small-block V8 producing 306bhp, with options of a 340-360bhp unit in competition trim or 400bhp supercharged. Stock transmission was a four-speed Borg-Warner manual gearbox on the early Shelby Mustangs and a three-speed automatic was later available as an option. The running gear was up-rated to handle the GT350's increased performance, incorporating the optional Kelsey-Hayes front disc brakes, stronger Ford Galaxie rear axle, Koni adjustable shock absorbers and aluminium-alloy wheels.
WME 9G is an exceptionally well documented GT350 with a wonderful history covering virtually its entire life, including the all important Marti Report confirming its authenticity. This pristine example was manufactured at the San Jose, Calfornia factory and the build was completed 28 days behind schedule on t 22nd March 1967. This Shelby Mustang was then supplied new by Minar Ford Inc in Minneapolis and is one of 1,174 GT-350s manufactured in 1967, of which 821 had manual transmission like this example. Documentation within the cars impressive history file suggests the recorded mileage of 25200 is believed correct and that the car retains its original block cylinder heads, transmission and rear axle.
In 1968 the Shelby was exported to the UK where it was raced competitively in club events before being sold to Anthony Wolfe Motors of Middlesex in 1971. On 4th June 1971 Mr R G C Watling purchased the GT350, which came complete with a trailer and a set of slick-shod racing wheels and a bill of sale in the history file confirms this. In February 1978 the car was purchased by Simpson's of Wembley still wearing its white and blue racing livery and the American car specialists reinstated the original colour scheme. WME 9G was then used by Phil Simpson, a director of the company.
The car's next owner was Mr Robert William Mael in 1979 and during his ownership the car was famously photographed with Carroll Shelby himself at the inaugural Street Racing Promotion in Birmingham in 1984. In 1986 the Mustang was repatriated to US and two private owners in Florida enjoyed the car before passing via a dealer in Colorado to Robert Brooks, founder of Brooks Auctioneers.
WME 9G was then shipped back to the UK in December 1989. With impressive records of its racing career in the 1970s, '80s and '90s and FIA papers dated 1990, the 350 GT was then bought by the Marlboro Tobacco Company. The Shelby was then given as the star prize in its 'Coast to Coast' promotion in July 1991 and was won by Mr P Hanson of Bradford, West Yorkshire. In March 1992 the car was purchased from a Bradford motor dealer by D Dean Motors of Ruislip and the Mustang changed hands a couple of times in the South of England. In 2001 the Shelby was purchased by a long term owner, keeping the car for almost fourteen years and in 2008 treating the Ford to a six year full nut and bolt rebuild to the very highest of standards. The well documented restoration was overseen by Alan Faulkner-Stevens and cost circa £100,000+VAT with invoices and records kept in the impressive history file. Less than 500 miles have been covered since the rebuild's completion in January 2014 and the car is presented in effectively 'as new' condition and offers collectors and enthusiasts a wonderful rare opportunity to buy one of the best GT's available. WHE 9G has been in the hands of collectors since with little use on the road ensuring the car presents and performs perfectly as it did on completion of the six figure six year rebuild. This is a special car and importantly retains its original correct date code block, heads, transmission and original rear axle. The car is also seriously quick with exceptional power due to a serious race spec engine said to produce up to 400 bhp