This 1965 Ford Shelby GT350R is world’s most valuable Mustang, after selling for $4M at auction


This 1965 Ford Shelby GT350R is world’s most advantageous Mustang, quickly following advertising for $4M at auction

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A correct piece of automotive background went beneath hammer in extra of the weekend, and set a new record in the technique.

A 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Competition, Shelby American’s original Mustang produced racing, was just provided at Mecum’s auction in Kissimmee, Florida. The greatest price paid, quickly following such as the buyer’s commission, was $4,070,000, reinforcing this as the world’s most advantageous Mustang.

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This actual identical car was provided at a Mecum auction in 2020, the location it fetched $3.85 million. Both figures are remarkable taking into consideration that the well-known (*8*) Mustang driven on show by Steve McQueen only provided for $3.4 million at a separate Mecum auction in 2020.

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What tends to make this a single distinct so special? Bearing chassis amount 5R002, this is the actual identical car raced by Ken Miles at Green Valley Raceway in Smithfield, Texas, back in 1965. It represents the original time a GT350 Competition, far a lot more usually acknowledged as the GT350R, was entered into a sanctioned race, in this circumstance an SCCA event. And with Miles bringing property the victory, it was also the original time a Shelby Mustang won a race.

The event has been immortalized thanks to a photograph capturing the car lifting off the ground at a single distinct degree, with all 4 wheels in the air. This earned it the well-known Flying Mustang nickname. Other described drivers who invested time behind the wheel integrate Bob Bondurant, Chuck Cantwell, Peter Brock, Jerry Titus, and of plan Carroll Shelby.

The car was a single distinct of two GT350R prototypes produced for 1965, the other at the moment currently being chassis no. 5R001. It was the a single distinct presented to the FIA for homologation for the SCCA B Production class. It also takes place to be the 2nd of all GT350s produced by Shelby.

(*3*)Ken Miles in the 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Competition with chassis no. 5R002 at Green Valley Raceway

Ken Miles in the 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Competition with chassis no. 5R002 at Green Valley Raceway

Compared to the stock GT350, R styles obtained new suspension tuning, a modified 289 cubic-inch Ford V-8, an enhanced cooling approach, fiberglass total physique panels, and Plexiglass windows. The interior was also gutted for racing, and a complete roll cage extra to meet rivals guidelines. And as a prototype, chassis no. 5R002 was fitted with a lot of parts that did not make it onto the 34 GT350R purchaser race vehicles Shelby produced for 1965.

Shelby ended up advertising the car for $4,000 in 1966 to Ford engineer Bill Clawson of Dearborn, Michigan, who continued to race it for a single a lot more twelve months. It then traded hands a lot of far a lot more events, like to a purchaser in Mexico, who raced the car some far a lot more ahead of it in the finish ended up in the Shelby American Museum in Boulder, Colorado.

It sat in the museum for 14 a lot of many years correct up right up until well-known Shelby collector John Atzbach, the vendor at the 2020 auction, acquired it in 2010 and had it restored to its special racing configuration as witnessed at Green Valley.

1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Competition with chassis no. 5R002

1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Competition with chassis no. 5R002

Other notable merchandise revenue at the newest Mecum auction integrate a uncommon 1965 Shelby Cobra Factory Stage III 289 Dragonsnake, the influential 1951 Mercury of Bob Hirohata, and the 1994 Porsche 911 Turbo from “Bad Boys.”

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