Classic Revival: The 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350CR Pro-Touring Unleashed

In 2017, the renowned Classic Recreations took the wheel in transforming a classic Detroit powerhouse, the 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350CR, into a modern marvel.

Pro-touring builds were gaining traction for seamlessly blending vintage aesthetics with contemporary enhancements, and the GT350CR project stood out as a prime example.

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Based in Oklahoma, Classic Recreations had already left its mark by converting 1960s Mustangs into asphalt predators.

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One standout creation was the Eleanor-style GT500CR, boasting a 7.0-liter V8 engine with 545 horsepower, a Tremec 5-speed transmission, and unique features like air conditioning and adjustable seats.

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The heart of the Pro-Touring GT350CR adheres closely to the original Shelby GT350’s ethos, introduced in 1965 as Ford’s entry into the SCCA B-Production racing series.

Classic Recreations skillfully marries modern and traditional elements, integrating 6-piston Wilwood calipers, rack-and-pinion steering, and a refined suspension system by Detroit Speed.

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The 5.0-liter DOHC V8 engine, upgraded with components from the new GT350 Mustang, now delivers around 500 horsepower, pushing throttle response, acceleration, and endurance beyond the dreams of the original GT350 owners.

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The sharp bodywork of the first-generation Shelby Mustang now carries a sense of purpose. Jason Engel, the mind behind Classic Recreations, emphasizes a balanced restoration with a clear objective.

Features like 18-inch American Racing wheels, BFG Rival racing tires, and integrated air intake vents contribute to both form and function.

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While the Pro-Touring modifications elevate the GT350CR’s capabilities, they maintain the vintage performance machine’s appearance.

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Adjustable steering and sports bucket seats enhance user-friendliness, although specific characteristics, such as a heavy clutch and unique driving nuances, bridge the gap between past and present performance vehicles.

Priced at $169,000, each Classic Recreations Pro-Touring GT350CR becomes part of the Shelby American Worldwide Registry, offering customization options like a 4R70W automatic transmission conversion, premium sound system, bespoke colors and interiors, and an opportunity for a twin-turbo setup producing 1,000 horsepower.

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The GT350CR Shelby Mustang, reborn through Pro-Touring modifications, embodies a seamless fusion of classic elegance and modern prowess.

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Crafted by Classic Recreations, it’s not just an automobile; it’s a time-traveling experience roaring through history on the asphalt.

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