tpow96 Posted February 15, 2012 Report Share Posted February 15, 2012 At times I am asked what makes my SGT so special when compared to other Shelbys, especially the more powerful ones. I reply that it has more in common with the original 65-66 GT-350 than any other modern Shelby. Sure the current GT-350 is a game changer like the old one, but in terms of historical comparisons the SGT/SGT-H has it beat. Here are seven of mine: 1. 65-66 GT-350s were shipped from the Ford plant in San Jose, CA directly to Shelby American in Los Angeles for modifications. Completed cars were shipped back to dealers for sale to the public. 07-08 SGTs were shipped from the Ford/AAI plant in Flat Rock, MI to Shelby Autos in Las Vegas for modifications. Completed cars were shipped back to dealers for sale to the public. 2. 1000 GT-350Hs were commissioned by Hertz in 66 for use in a promotional rental program. 1000 SGT-Hs were again commissioned by Hertz in 06-07 for use in a promotional rental program. 3. The order from Hertz in 66 assured that Shelby American could thrive beyond the manufacture of Cobras. The order from Hertz in 06 assured Shelby Autos could do the same. 4. In 65, modifications to the GT-350 were limited on the drivetrain as Shelby needed it to qualify for SCCA B-Production racing. Changes to the intake/exhaust yielded a modest power increase from 271hp to 306hp. Instead, Shelby focused on how the car handled that power by extensively modifying the suspension. In 07, Shelby applied the same formula to the SGT, a modest power increase from 300hp to 319hp, and extensive changes to the suspension. This allowed it to qualify for SCCA F-Stock autocross racing and T2 road racing. 5. The 65 GT-350 won three consecutive SCCA championships between 65-67. The 07 SGT did the same between 07-09. 6. The components installed in the 65-66 GT-350 were sourced from the Ford parts bin to simplify acquisition, installation, and costs. The components for the 06-08 SGT & SGT-H were sourced from the Ford Racing parts bin for the same reasons. 7. To keep the engine warranty, in 65-66 Shelby mostly limited the changes to intake and exhaust. To keep the warranty for the 06-08 SGT, Shelby limited the engine changes to intake and exhaust. I think I have most of the facts straight, and I'm sure there are more. None of the above is new info, most of it sprinkled across different threads in these forums. But it looks good when clumped together like this. -Tom Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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