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1965 GT350 # 5s003

Owner: Dave Lennartz

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1965 GT350 # 5s003

Owner: Dave Lennartz

** See Info Below

1965 GT350 # 5s003

Owner: Dave Lennartz

** See Info Below

1965 GT350 # 5s003

Owner: Dave Lennartz

** See Info Below

5S003 -
THE STREET PROTOTYPE
5S003 was one of three prototypes handbuilt by Shelby American during late 1964 (the other two were race models). As the street model, it required the least amount of work, so was completed first--in November 1964. "5001" was written on the firewall while it was used for initial press photos, news releases and about 6 months of public relations work. Then it went to Hi-Performance Motors, then to Ed Leslie Motors, where it was
sold to its first private owner.

During its Shelby publicity use, 003 had prototype Shelby/Crager mags on the passenger side and silver-painted steel wheels on the driver side, a clay hood scoop, hand-made steering wheel center using a Cobra hood badge, mocked-up tachometer and oil pressure gauge faces, special Ford side mirror, painted side emblems, no lower stripes, and handlettered "GT350" rocker panel lettering and small hand-painted "GT350" side emblems on its front fenders. These were all removed or put back to stock between 4/20/65 and 6/15/65. It received Shelby VIN SFM5S003 because 001 and 002 had already been assigned to the race prototypes by then.
Inconsistencies from 1965 GT350 production specs that resulted because 003 was a prototype: - Its Shelby VIN includes the 'S' (for 'Street'). Shelby didn't include an 'S' or 'R' in the VIN until car number 5S032--a running change that took place in the third week of February 1965. But 003 didn't receive its Shelby VIN tag until it was being prepared
for sale in June 1965. - It still has its Ford door tag on the driver's door. Apparently no one thought to remove it during prototype construction and it
wasn't noticed when 003 was prepared for retail sale. - It doesn't have a one-piece export brace. The export brace was specified on all cars ordered from Ford AFTER the three prototypes were completed.

Though it was the street prototype, 003 has been raced most of its life, beginning in SCCA B/P by its first owner and continuing until it was "retired" from vintage racing about three years ago. Some of you may remember seeing 003 vintage-raced at PIR or SIR in the 1980's. 003 currently is--technically, at least--"street legal". It now has working lights, mufflers, "street" tires (BFG R-1's on torque-thrusts), a passenger seat and carpeting. However, it still has a "vintage race" engine and engine bay, halon fire control system, race suspension, fuel cell and unique racing fuel gage. It has rolled fender lips, an external electrical "kill" switch, an R-model rear window and no side glass.

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