Timeline of Bill Collins association with Shelbys
|1962||First Cobra built by Carroll Shelby CSX2000|
|1962||Mustang Prototype Produced|
|1964 ½||First Production Mustang Sold to the Public|
|1965||First GT350 Produced|
|1965||First GT350 to entertain Bill Collins||
That's me, Bill, sitting in brand new 1966 GT350, SFM6S101, in the same showroom that November. At 16 years old, I was a bit young to buy one new, but the enthusiasm was definitely there! I had just seen the Film Red Line 7000, in which one of the principal characters, a race car driver played by James Caan, has a new '65 GT350 as his daily transportation. In a night sequence filmed at the old Ascot Raceway in LA, the Shelby (SFM5010) is run hard, drifting through the turns and finally spinning out. I was hooked ! I had to have one of these cars, and now I was actually sitting in one!
|November 1965||1965 tour of 1966 Shelbys at Francis for Fords in Harrisburg, PA (notice the 1965 R-model Shelby).||
This is Francis For Fords in Harrisburg, PA as seen in the fall of 1965.
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