Grace Houghton

07 July 2020

Hagerty readers and Hagerty Drivers Club users share their cherished collector and enthusiast vehicles with us by means of our speak to email, [email protected]. We’re showcasing some of our favourite stories among these submissions. To have your automobile showcased, send out comprehensive pictures and your tale of ownership to the over electronic mail tackle.

Today’s featured vehicle is a 1966 Shelby GT350. Although these automobiles originally packed with 289-cubic-inch mills (with a major dose of Shelby efficiency modifications), this GT350 has acquired a coronary heart transplant: a 347 stroker topped with Weber carbs and paired with a five-speed gearbox. Cars and trucks from the 1966 model 12 months are distinguished by their glass rear-quarter panel home windows even so, thanks to Shelby’s removing of the rear seats, the apertures didn’t gain any backseat passengers. This illustration also carries the optional racing stripe graphics package deal.

This specific GT350 belongs to James Charge Langendoen, who has affectionately named it “Blue.” Langendoen acquired Blue in 1969, and the pair not long ago finished a bucket-record highway trip—with Mrs. Langendoen along, naturally—down the Blue Ridge Parkway to the Tail of the Dragon. Langendoen utilised the lockdown months to rebuild Blue’s motor, and, with the car in wonderful fettle, he and his spouse resolved it was significant time for a generate.

“We have seen a lot of alterations more than the a long time,” Langendoen writes. “Yet the straightforward point stays that when items get lousy, almost nothing beats heading out on the street.”