Jay Leno samples a Shelby GT350 roadster by OVC and Camilo Pardo

Jay Leno was not too long ago visited by the Authentic Venice Crew, they usually introduced alongside a brand new automobile and its designer. The designer simply so occurs to be Camilo Pardo, the designer of the Ford GT of the 2000s, and he groups up with OVC founder Jim Marietta to elucidate all the main points behind the brand new OVC GT350 Roadster within the newest episide of “Jay Leno’s Storage.”

OVC’s staff is made up of people that labored at Shelby American’s unique headquarters in Venice, California, within the Nineteen Sixties, again when the corporate was constructing and racing Cobras and Daytonas, in addition to the unique GT350 Mustang.

The crew consists of Peter Brock, Marietta, and Ted Sutton, and late final decade they began constructing, underneath license, new variations of the 1965 Shelby GT350 Competitors, extra generally often known as the Shelby GT350R. Now they’ve returned with one thing distinctive.

Their newest automobile is a Shelby GT350 with a roadster physique penned by Pardo. The brand new physique’s refined adjustments are in step with the interval, lending the automobile a glance that seems as if Carroll Shelby himself authorised it again within the day.

In contrast to their GT350 Competitors, the GT350 Roadster would not match any unique specs, leaving clients with a number of choices with regards to powertrains and chassis. The usual powertrain is a small-block Ford V-8 with 425 hp, however patrons can select a 500-hp V-8 matching the engine within the GT350 Competitors. Consumers can even select between computerized or handbook transmissions, strong axle or impartial rear suspension, and a livery consisting of black with gold stripes as an alternative of the signature Wimbledon White and Guardsman Blue mixture.

OVC makes use of unique donor Mustangs for the construct. Further reinforcements are required to scale back the flex brought on by having the highest eliminated, and with the rear seats eliminated there’s extra cupboard space underneath the added aerodynamic rear panel.

Pricing begins at $289,000, and OVC have not mentioned whether or not manufacturing will probably be restricted. Their GT350 Competitors was restricted to 36 models, matching the quantity Shelby constructed for 1965.

Marietta and Pardo go deep into the adjustments made to create the automobile, and, as common, Leno takes it for a spin and talks lovingly about the way it drives. The sound is a deal with in itself. Click on on the video above for far more.

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