This Identification / buyers guide has been written for those interested in identifying a genuine 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350. The 1966 Shelby GT350 represents one of Americas most desirable muscle cars, and is extremely rare. Features of the GT350 can however be easily replicated on a standard mustang fastback or convertible from the same year, and it is important that as a potential buyer or restorer that you accurately identify the vehicle.

This guide provides a full scope of identification criteria for the Shelby GT350, including external and interior features to look for, as well as correct chassis and engine number details to review.

A few statistics for the GT350 are outlined below:

Number Produced: 2,380 total (1,370 standard fastbacks, 6 convertibles, 1000 Hertz fastbacks, 6 race cars) + 11 supercharged GT3540s apparently?

Period of Manufacture: August 1966

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1. Exterior Features - 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350

The following external features should be present on a genuine 1966 Shelby GT350, and make a good starting point for identification of an original vehicle:


General Body Features:

  • Rear quarter plexiglass windows which replaced the 1965 vents.
  • Rear lower quarter panel air scoops that fed the rear brakes.
  • Central bonnet vent.
  • Available in fastback and convertible body styles.
  • Fiberglass bonnets/hoods with steel frames were installed on early cars and some cars after number 925.
  • Steel hoods were installed on cars between number 470 - 925 and number 1965 - 2100.


Badging & Decals:

  • Cobra G.T. 350 logo on the gas cap.
  • Cobra badge on front LHS grille.
  • G.T. 350 side stripes (or G.T. 350H if a Hertz car).
  • Two racing stripes running down the centre of the car (These were either added by the dealer of done at Shelby American.
  • G.T. 350 badge on rear of car, next to RHS tail light.


Wheels: (Several wheel styles were available, as shown in images)

  • Early cars had 14" / 15" steel wheels painted silver, whilst later cars received 14" Magnum 500s painted gray.
  • 15" Cragar / Shelby 5-spokes were an option.
  • 14" aluminium alloy 10-spoke wheels were optional.
  • Hertz cars had 14" Chrome Magnum 500 wheels.
2. Interior Features - 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350

The 1966 Mustang Shelby GT 350 had the following original interior features as listed below. Many of the interior features of this car are in fact the same as the standard 1966 Mustang fastback, with several unique exceptions. Note, items such as the rear foilding seats do not apply to the GT 350 convertible.

  • All interior trim was black vinyl for GT 350 cars, including roof lining.
  • Fold-down rear seats were added (The first 82 cars produced did not however receive this feature).
  • Deluxe Mustang woodgrain steering wheel (dealer installed option) with Cobra centre cap or G.T. 350 Centre cap.
  • Instrument panel for 1966 cars was redesigned with five round gauges.
  • A Cobra tachometer for the G.T. 350 was mounted on top of the dash.
  • Push button Ford AM radio was a dealer installed option, but available on all Hertz cars.
  • Airconditioning a dealer installed option (Standard Ford unit).
  • Lap seat belts front and rear.
  • Shelby American, Inc. door sill plates.
  • Black carpets
  • Shelby floor mats (option)
3. Original Paint and Interior Colours / Codes - 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 were available in the following five paint colours / codes:

  • Wimbledon White (Code: M / Ford Code: M1619 / Ditzler Code: 8378) = Usually with blue Le Mans stripes
  • Candy Apple Red (Code: T / Ford Code: M2008 / Ditzler Code: 71528) = Usually with white Le Mans stripes
  • Sapphire Blue (Code: G / Ford Code: M1905 / Ditzler Code: 13075) = Usually with white Le Mans stripes
  • Ivy Green (Code: R / Ford Code: M1879 / Ditzler Code: 43337) = Usually with white Le Mans stripes
  • Raven Black (Code: A / Ford Code: M1724 / Ditzler Code: 9000, 9300) = Usually with gold Le Mans stripes


Note - Most of the G.T. 350H Hertz cars received black paint with gold stripes.

All 1966 GT 350 engine blocks were painted the Ford standard dark blue, as opposed to black on the 65 model.


4. Chassis Number - 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350

The Ford Mustang Shelby G.T. 350 will have two relevant chassis numbers, one being a Shelby VIN, and one a Ford VIN. Their form and location are outlined below.

Shelby VIN/Serial/Chassis number:

The correct VIN for a GT350 will be in the following format: SFM6SXXX

S = Shelby / F = Ford / M = Mustang / = Model Year 1966 / S = Street / XXX = The consecutive production number (begins at 001 and ends at 2380 for the Shelby GT 350).


Location of numbers on vehicle:

  1. Chassis number stamped into the manufacturers plate. This is located in the engine bay, on the LHS inner fender panel. It is installed over the Ford VIN/chassis number. You will see a small cut out of the fender edge where the plate sits (see image).
  2. Chassis number stamped into the front passenger side inner front fender panel, in the engine bay. It is located about half way between the front of the car and the firewall. The number here must of course match the number on the abovementioned chassis plate.

Note, door data plates were not installed in the Shelby GT350, as was the case with several other mustang models.


Ford VIN/Serial/Chassis number:

The correct Ford VIN for a GT350 Fastback will be in the following format: 6R09K XXXXXX

6 = Model year 1966 / R = Assembly Plant (San Jose) / 09 = Body Code (2-door fastback) or 09 (for convertible) / K = Engine Code (289/271hp) / XXXXXX = Individual Ford production number specific to that car.


Locations on body:

  1. As per the Shelby ID plate location, the Ford VIN is stamped into the driver's side inner fender panel, underneath where the Shelby VIN plate is pop riveted,
  2. The second location is on the driver’s side inner fender panel, on the edge of the shock absorber tower. The Mudguards will need to be removed to view this.
5. Engine Number - 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350

The Ford mustang Chassis number was also printed on the engine block of the car, making it particularly handy for those who want to confirm whether a car has its original engine.

The VIN stamping on the engine block is located on the passenger side of the block, at the front, beneath the front exhaust port. You will see the VIN stamped just near the edge of the block. See images for further details. As noted, if the engine is indeed original, the stamped number should match that of the Ford VIN per the stamping locations outlined in number 4 above.

As previously detailed above, the correct Ford VIN for a GT350 Fastback will be in the following format: 6R09K XXXXXX

  • 6 - Model year  1966
  • R - Assembly Plant (San Jose)
  • 09 - Body Code (2-door fastback) or 09 for convertible
  • K - Engine Code (289/271hp)
  • XXXXXX – Individual Ford production number specific to that car.


6. Mechanical Features - 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350

An original GT 350 should have the following mechanical features:

Engine: 4,739cc cast iron block.

Transmission: The GT 350 came with Borg Warner T-10 transmission as standard, with an aluminium casing and close ratio gears. An option on the 1966 GT 350 was the C-4 high performance automatic gearbox.

Carburetter: The GT 350 was fitted with a single barrel Holley type R-3259. The Manual transmission cars have a 715 cubic feet/minute carby, whilst Automatic cars had a 600 cubic feet/minute carby.

Traction Bars: Early cars before #800 received over-ride traction bars. These were the same as the 1965 cars.  Later cars received under-ride traction bars.

Rocker Covers: Early cars received hollow letter style writing on the Cobra rocker covers, whilst Later cars got solid letter with black ripple finish.

Suspension/shocks: The G.T. 350 came with Koni adjustable shock absorbers as standard up to car number 252. Suspension was dealer installed after that, and varied. Several early cars received lowered A-Arms

Super Charger: The GT 350 came with an optional factory installed Paxton supercharger

Rear Differential: The GT 350 standard ratio was 3.89:1