Shelby Production Line

We will have a few posts from the SEMA 2015 show soon but in the mean time we thought we would share some old photos of the Shelby production line. Not many images around from that time but we have been collecting them. We are not sure of the exact dates apart from ’65/’66 so if anybody could help out with some more accurate information of exactly where and when these were taken that would be appreciated.

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There is always talk of “Barn Finds” and all the excitement that goes with it. We have been lucky to come across the one or two ourselves. We have a quick story to tell here; Adam opened up one of his storage units and decided that he wanted to put the recent stock delivery away where it was supposed to go. Nothing unusual in that from the photo below.

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When he started to move stuff around he shouted out “Barn Find”. Of course he knew he had a car or two in here under all this temporary stock storage.

How many cars did he find in this shed?

FIVE!

We have been asked about our fish tank would you believe and how it was getting on. We are pleased to report that it looks great and everybody seems to love it.

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Once we get the pics from the USA we post them up for you.

 

Update 1st November 2015

We asked for some help regarding the Shelby photo’s and Gary W. has provided us with some invaluable information. His reply is in the comments section, but just in case you missed it we just had to make it part of the main post.

Thanks very much Gary.

His pretty awesome comment was as follows:

“Great blog. The Shelby cars were shipped from the Ford San Jose plant from September 1965 to Shelby’s factory – initially Venice California and then latterly at a factory near LAX airport. The pics show cars being offloaded from Ford and work underway at the Venice factory. Ford first approached Carrol Shelby in January 1965 to prepare a limited run of race spec Mustangs. The first to get the Shelby treatment were the newly introduced fastbacks produced for 1965. Convertibles and Coupes were given the Shelby treatment along with Fastbacks but convertibles were only made in very small numbers. A change in management at Ford in 1968/9 saw the Shelby modifications taken ‘in house’ at the plant….making the early cars much more sought after now. End of ‘anorak’ speech!”

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  1. Great blog. The Shelby cars were shipped from the Ford San Jose plant from September 1965 to Shelby’s factory – initially Venice California and then latterly at a factory near LAX airport. The pics show cars being offloaded from Ford and work underway at the Venice factory. Ford first approached Carrol Shelby in January 1965 to prepare a limited run of race spec Mustangs. The first to get the Shelby treatment were the newly introduced fastbacks produced for 1965. Convertibles and Coupes were given the Shelby treatment along with Fastbacks but convertibles were only made in very small numbers. A change in management at Ford in 1968/9 saw the Shelby modifications taken ‘in house’ at the plant….making the early cars much more sought after now. End of ‘anorak’ speech!

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