Hero Firefighters Save Vintage Shelby GT350 from California Fires

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Woolsey fire has claimed the property of countless victims. Thanks to LAFD’s bravery, a piece of Ford history was spared.

As you assuredly already know, the ongoing California wildfires have caused so much destruction on such a large scale that it’s hard to put it into context. Countless homes, acres of forestland, and even lives have been lost as a result. Meanwhile, a host of brave firefighters continue to battle this massive blaze. Putting their own lives on the line to stop the destruction. Which includes, apparently, saving the life of one lucky 1966 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 in Malibu.

This powerful image taken by Associated Press photographer Ringo H.W. Chu has been blowing up recently, and it’s easy to see why. We tend to focus on the property and lives lost during a tragic event like this, and for good reason. But we don’t often think about the many rare and important classic cars that also meet their demise during natural disasters such as these.

A little less than 1,400 Shelby GT350 fastbacks were built in 1966. Which, of course, makes this a verifiable six-figure car and a very important piece of automotive history. It’s not clear if the firefighters who pushed it away from a burning home were doing so to prevent it from further fueling the fire or to simply save it. But either way, we’re thankful for their actions.

According to the latest statistics, the Woolsey and Hill fires have claimed at least 80 lives, with 993 people still unaccounted for. Along with destroying thousands of structures and 250,000 acres of land. Thankfully, however, the massive blazes are around two-thirds contained, and there is some rain on the way. But if it weren’t for the swift action of our firefighting heroes, those numbers could be a lot worse. And there would be at least one less classic Shelby GT350 in the world.

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Brett Foote has been covering the automotive industry for over five years and is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto Group sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other popular sites.

He has been an automotive enthusiast since the day he came into this world and rode home from the hospital in a first-gen Mustang, and he's been wrenching on them nearly as long.

In addition to his expertise writing about cars, trucks, motorcycles, and every other type of automobile, Brett had spent several years running parts for local auto dealerships.

You can follow along with his builds and various automotive shenanigans on Instagram: @bfoote.

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