April 15, 2024

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1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R raced by Ken Miles going to auction


The prototype 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, famed for getting raced by Ken Miles, sold Friday at Mecum’s 33rd First Spring Typical in Indianapolis for $3.85 million, making it the optimum advertising Mustang of all time.


The preceding tale advancing the sale appears underneath.


Notice Ford, Shelby and Mustang lovers, Mecum has one more enormously historic motor vehicle headed to auction. It really is a 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, and it was raced by Ken Miles, the really man or woman highlighted in final year’s “Ford v. Ferrari” film. It really is coming to Mecum’s massive Indianapolis auction.

The motor vehicle has the code 5R002, and it has even additional claims to fame besides getting Miles’ race motor vehicle. According to Mecum, it was the really very first Shelby GT350R at any time entered in a race, and Miles was at the wheel. He and the Mustang received that race, and the motor vehicle was caught on film obtaining completely airborne (revealed in the gallery earlier mentioned). Mecum also factors out that this was a progress motor vehicle utilized to sort out the set up for long term GT350 race autos, and other drivers of the ’60s had a hand in test driving and creating it, including Bob Bondurant and Peter Brock.

Mecum didn’t go into detail about the problem of the motor vehicle, but it appears to be quite a great deal as it was when it was competing. For any individual unfamiliar, the ’65 GT350R had a 289-cubic-inch V8 making 306 horsepower and 329 pound-toes backed by a 4-velocity manual transmission. It really is coming up for auction from a Shelby collector who has other important autos likely to auction, including the very first creation 1966 GT350R. 

Mecum would seem to be anticipating the Miles GT350R to be sold for a substantial sum of funds, well into seven-determine territory. In its press launch, Mecum highlights a 1967 Shelby Super Snake that sold for $2.2 million, and the Bullitt Mustang that went for $3.74 million. According to Hagerty’s valuation guidebook, a concours-good quality 1965 GT350R can market for just in excess of $one million. Which is a little bit shy of individuals other substantial-greenback Mustangs, but this getting this sort of a historic illustration, and coming up for sale not prolonged after the accomplishment of “Ford v. Ferrari,” we wouldn’t be astonished if it exceeds the Hagerty worth.

If that’s too substantial for you, you might want to take into consideration a replica from First Venice Crew, a company launched by Jim Marietta, who assisted create this race motor vehicle. The replica product is out there with independent suspension like early prototype versions of the GT350R had, or with a live axle like the ultimate motor vehicle. Plus it is really out there for a comparably very affordable $250,000.

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