1970 Shelby Mustang GT350

During the conclusion of Carroll Shelby and Ford’s collaboration, the last 1969-1970 Shelby GT models maintained their distinctiveness through bold styling and luxurious interior appointments, staying true to the model’s performance-focused, limited-production, grand-touring essence.

The GT350 of this period featured Ford’s upgraded 351 CI Windsor small-block V-8 engine, producing 290 HP. Equipped with a low-maintenance hydraulic valvetrain, the 351W boasted a 470 CFM Autolite 4-barrel carburetor, an aluminum high-rise intake manifold, and eye-catching “Cobra – Powered by Ford” cast-aluminum valve covers.

Improvements like functional Ram Air induction and a low-restriction dual exhaust system enhanced its performance capabilities. Transmission options included Ford’s Toploader 4-speed and the FMX 3-speed automatic. The standard 3.25:1 rear-end ratio could be supplemented with optional 3.00:1 and 3.50:1 Traction-Lok axles. Performance upgrade extended to staggered rear shocks and heavy-duty brakes, along with Shelby five-spoke wheels wrapped in fat Goodyear white-letter tires.

Other notable features of the 1969-1970 Shelby GT models include a fiberglass front end with five NACA hood scoops, side scoops, a roll bar, and rear spoiler, with a front spoiler added for the 1970 iteration. Only 788 Shelby GTs were designated for the final 1970 model year, all manufactured in 1969 but unsold and renumbered, among them 261 GT350 fastbacks and 57 GT350 convertibles.

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