Like Father Like Son: Wahlert Inherits Dad’s Love of Vehicles

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Daniel Wahlert always enjoyed driving his late father’s 1966 Shelby GT350.

Now he has his own.

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Jim Wahlert

Last year, Daniel bought a 2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 – the same car, just 50 years newer.

A service consultant at Runde Chevrolet in East Dubuque, Daniel’s love of vehicles was comes from his dad. Jim Wahlert was an avid classic car collector.

 

“Out of all the cars he had, the ’66 Shelby GT350 is my favorite to drive,” Daniel said.

IMG_0433The 1966 Shelby has a Holman Moody engine with 356 horsepower and dual 4 BBL carburetors. Jim bought it in August of 1978 and had it restored 19 years ago, when Daniel was 12 years old.

 

 

 

Daniel ordered his Shelby to match his father’s – white with blue stripes. Its 5.2L V8 engine produces 526 horsepower, 429 lb-ft of torque, and goes from 0-60 mph in 4.4 seconds.20170616_16415722

“It’s amazing how far the technology in the vehicle has come in 50 years,” he said.

With a redline of 8,250 rpm, it is Ford’s highest-revving production V8 yet.

 

Daniel’s 8-year-old daughter, Adeline, isn’t quite as fond of the Shelby.

 

“She said ‘It’s too fast and too loud,’” Daniel said, laughing. “Those are the reasons I bought the car in the first place!”

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