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Vital Stats

Engine:
7.0L V8
Power:
545 HP / 530 LB-FT
Transmission:
5-Speed Manual
0-60 Time:
3.7 Seconds
Drivetrain:
Rear-Wheel Drive
Curb Weight:
3,420 LBS
Seating:
2
Base Price:
$119,000
If you've got an itch for a classic Mustang Fastback, you may want to give Classic Recreations a call. The Oklahoma-based company, which has made a name for itself building award-winning muscle cars licensed by Shelby, recently handed me the keys to its latest creation – a prototype 1966 Shelby GT350CR (serial number SCR350-00P) with a nitrous-injected 427-cubic-inch small-block Ford Racing engine sending power to its rear wheels through a Tremec five-speed manual gearbox. Yeah, it's the sort of machinery that whets my appetite.

As you might suspect by looking at the company's name, the team starts with a standard stock 1966 Mustang Fastback and then tears it down to the chassis in preparation for a full rebuild into what they call a Shelby GT350CR. This particular restoration includes the fitment of the aforementioned 7.0-liter V8 with BBK Long Tube ceramic-coated headers, Magnaflow mufflers, coil-over suspension and rack-and-pinion power steering. Stopping power is provided by Wilwood brakes, in the form of four-piston calipers over ventilated and cross-drilled iron rotors, and the mechanical upgrades are finished off with four brightly polished 18-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in BF Goodrich g-Force T/A tires (245/45ZR18 front and 275/35ZR18 rear).

Inside the passenger compartment, occupants are treated to Carroll Shelby Scat Rally Series 1000 seats, five-point Camlock belts, three-spoke aluminum woodgrain steering wheel with tilt column, a full complement of gauges and full carpeting. An Old Air Products air conditioning system blows ice-cold breezes, and a powerful audio system with external amp and subwoofer ensure a sweet background track to the V8's wild bellow.

Classic Recreations met us with its beauty in Southern California, so we turned its striped nose toward Los Angeles' classic Mulholland Highway for an evening run.

Driving Notes:
  • A brief walk-around of the Mustang before the drive reveals an attention to detail that will leave countless onlookers waving and asking questions. The metallic blue paintwork is excellent and the craftsmanship inside the engine bay, passenger cabin and trunk are show-worthy. In particular, I really like the epoxy-coated sheetmetal and satin-polished aluminum components under the hood, the functional and easy-to-read Shelby gauge cluster and the lightweight HRE wheels, which provided a nice compromise between classic and modern design.
  • It's hard not to be intimidated by the Shelby GT350CR. Its purpose-built seats, polished metal shifter and competition harnesses have me looking around for my helmet moments after buckling in (in truth, the harness really needs a pass-through in the lower cushion to fit properly). The mechanical feel of the manual lever and clutch mechanism drives the racing message home. That said, the cockpit is comfortable and spacious. Thin A-pillars provide excellent forward visibility, and the view out back is clear, but sightlines over the shoulders into the rear quarters are challenged by the blocked windows.
  • The controls are 1960s-era simple, primarily consisting of a few polished knobs that require a simple push-pull to operate and the windows manually crank. The optional NOS system, fitted to the test car, automatically engages if enabled by its red dash-mounted switch (the tank is full, but sadly I will never have an open opportunity to use it).
  • The 427-cubic-inch V8 drives and sounds every bit as good as it looks. It idles with an angry demeanor and then backs up its bark with a ferocious bite. There is plenty of power in each of the lower gears to initiate immediate wheelspin, leaving rear tire life completely up to the operator (the company quotes a 0-60 sprint of 3.7 seconds, but based on available grip, I feel that number is a bit optimistic). Kudos to Classic Recreations for putting an open side pipe on both the passenger and driver side of the car, as the two provide stereophonic rumbles and backfires reverberating throughout the cabin. While the climate control works perfectly, I would never roll up the windows for fear of suppressing the exhaust noise - it's addictive.
  • Despite the upgraded and modernized coil-over suspension with oversized sway bars and race-tuned ride on sticky BF Goodrich rubber, this Mustang is still more of a cruiser than a carver. Initial turn-in is on the slow side and the coupe drives with a large demeanor that requires plenty of anticipation in the corners. When compared to other ungainly muscle cars of its era, its handling would certainly be considered impressive, but today's multi-talented sports cars would run circles around this Pony in the canyons.
  • Classic Recreations is making only 10 of the legacy cars each year, and buyers are offered a grocery list of options to customize each to their specifications. While it wouldn't be my first choice in a canyon or race track, bring this muscle car to a drag strip, crowded boulevard, summer beach or car show and it will simply shine – we had to pull impressed gawkers away in order to leave a Mulholland overlook.


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      car-a-holic
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who does not like mustangs??? Seriously that's like hating ice cream, French fries, pizza..... Ect ect....
      Flexo
      • 1 Year Ago
      At least they didn't put a god damned GM LS motor in it.
      dearest rat
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those seats are gorgeous! I like the spirit of this "restomod" rather than plunking a body shell on a modern chassis.
      legacy
      • 1 Year Ago
      ugh. couldnt they have at least replaced the speaker grills with something else? they are hideous..
      johnb
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yummy.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Such a beauty.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sheesh. All this complaining about a 120k price tag. While not cheap, they better not step into a vintage car auction. This car is gorgeous and is worth the price tag for those who can afford it.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 1 Year Ago
      $120,000 base price?? What a joke. This is going to get so many down votes it may break the internet, but oh well, here goes- I don't see the point of this car. AT ALL. It's trying so hard to be some many things, but failing at all of them. It looks like a regular old Shelby knockoff, but costs as much as a 911. It has enough modern stuff that there's no way it's nearly as charismatic or cool as an original. But it's still so compromised a new GT would clean it's clock at any kind of objective driving contest. I mean, who puts 275's on the back of 500hp+ car?? And BFG's?? Wow. So what is this car supposed to do?? It's not original, it doesn't perform particularly well, and it's expensive. Those are 3 things I DON'T want to describe my car. If you're that big of a Mustang nut, buy an old Fastback and a new GT500 and have the best of both worlds. If you want a $120,000 performance car, go buy a 991 S or R8. Bring on the down votes.
        dearest rat
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Frisky_Dingo
        No offense, but you're not the target demographic. Someone who's contemplating dropping that much money on one of these ain't considering a new Mustang or a Porsche. These high dollar muscle cars are designed to tug on the heartstrings and evoke nostalgia more than anything. And there plenty of folks in Los Angeles and Orange County that would love to have one of these in their driveway as a "trophy" car to drive around town in on the weekend.
      csrecord
      • 1 Year Ago
      So much win combined with so much fail. All the cheesy add-ons just might appeal to the Mustang crowd. Certainly won't win any fans with the German car crowd. NOS? Ha!
        jz78817
        • 1 Year Ago
        @csrecord
        "Certainly won't win any fans with the German car crowd." It isn't supposed to; the "German car crowd" can sod off.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @csrecord
        [blocked]
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @csrecord
        That's like sayn the prius won't win over any rednecks. No shoot. Did ya have a team of monkey comeup with that one.
      NeO
      • 1 Year Ago
      Awesome another car that no 'normal human' can afford.
      AboZala
      • 1 Year Ago
      This exactly how I want my mustang .
      ze_german
      • 1 Year Ago
      I know everyone has their own preferences, but to me, this car is not appealing. Customizations such as the pedals, speakers, seats, gauges, wheels, and even the drilled/slotted brake rotors are all extremely cheesy and look like they were sourced from Pep Boys to attend SEMA in 2003 when "resto-mod" cars were all the rage. The car has neither a sense of vintage authenticity, nor do its customizations lend it a unique contemporary identity. In other words, it lacks stylistic integrity - It's just another cliche GT350R clone with some uninspiring doo-dads screwed on.
        darkharbour
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ze_german
        I agree, it ends up coming across as tacky and lacking in taste.
        Tom
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ze_german
        I'm sure all those complaints can be changed. This is probably done up to a customers specific taste. Most cars like this are made to order. They arnt all the same.
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