From left: The “Original Venice Crew” of Peter Brock, Jim Marietta, and Ted Sutton pose with a continuation Shelby G.T. 350R.Jay Parille (left), of Pacific Lean Services and owner of this 1968 Shelby GT 500, stands next to OVC Mustangs master mechanic and fabricator Daniel Sculnick, who performed the finishing touches on this $1 million classic. (Photo by Dick DeLoach)In addition to Mustangs, the shop also builds and restores a variety of Shelby vehicles. (Photo by Dick DeLoach)The OVC Mustangs Mod Shop is also an authorized installer for complete engine and transmission packages.  (Photo by Dick DeLoach)

Gunning for speed

Original Venice Crew (OVC) Mustangs becomes official Mod Shop for Shelby American in Southern California

Gardena, Calif.— More than 50 years ago, the Original Venice Crew (OVC), comprised of former Shelby American employees (from 1962 to 1965) Peter Brock, Jim Marietta, and Ted Sutton, built the first series of Shelby American racecars based on Ford’s iconic 1965 Mustang fastbacks.

To meet the demand for classic car expertise, OVC recently formed a “dream team” and began accepting a limited number of heritage Ford performance vehicles for restoration, repair, and upgrades at Shelby headquarters in Gardena, Calif.

Now, owners of contemporary Ford and Shelby vehicles can also have genuine Shelby Performance Parts (SPP) installed at the official Shelby facility.


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At A Glance

Mod Shop founded: 2018

Monthly car count: 5-10

Average RO: $2,500

Shop size: 10,500 square feet

Bays: 12

Lifts: 2 Rotary

Staff: 2 techs, 2 fabricators

Parts partners: Shelby SPP, Ford Motor Parts, NAPA Auto Parts, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Simpson Racing

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As an authorized Mod Shop, OVC Mustangs will support the Las Vegas Shelby factory by offering genuine SPP components that enhance the handling, styling and power of 2005 and newer Ford Mustangs, F-150s and Shelby vehicles.

After intensive training by the Shelby factory team, OVC’s Shelby Mod Shop will sell and install everything from complete engines to superchargers, cooling systems, enhanced brakes, handling packages, and appearance components.

“In a first for Shelby American, the public can now have components installed at the OVC Mod Shop,” said Daniel Sculnick, Mod Shop master mechanic and fabricator. “Shelby factory experts will be actively involved in helping the Mod Shop meet Carroll Shelby’s personal expectations for quality and delivery.”

 Gary Patterson, Shelby American president, said, “Shelby American was founded in Southern California, so it’s exciting that enthusiasts can push the envelope with modifications once again inside one of our facilities there.

“Now enthusiasts can tailor their late model Ford or Shelby vehicle with performance and styling components installed by some of those who put the blue oval into the winner’s circle worldwide.”

Marietta added, “OVC is the only Shelby authorized location in the world where one can buy a continuation Shelby G.T.350 competition car, have a classic Ford performance vehicle serviced and also install genuine Shelby Performance Parts on late model cars. OVC is the only place where original Shelby employees are installing official Shelby modifications to cars of every era. This is now the ultimate Shelby Speed Shop.”

The company also builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA, 289 street car, Daytona Coupe, and Shelby Series 2 component vehicles.

In addition, OVC offers the Shelby GT, 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR, 1000, and Super Snake. Plus GT post-title packages for the 2005-2019 Ford Mustang, the Shelby Raptor, Shelby F-150 Super Snake, and Shelby F-150 trucks.

On the day Parts & People visited the shop, Jay Parille, of Pacific Lean Services, was picking up his restored 1968 Shelby GT 500 and dropping off his 1965 Shelby GT 350.

“I have my Mustang street and race cars both done here,” Parille said. “It’s very cool to have them built again by the crew that built them 50 years ago.”

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