This Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R is a 1-of-34 work of art
I don't know whether I'd drive it, or just stare at it!
You may remember that last year, amongst all the chaos of 2020, the GT350R prototype Mustang raced by Ken Miles smashed all previous auction records, becoming the most-expensive Mustang ever sold at auction with a whopping pricetag of $3.85 million; Enough even to beat Steve McQueen's GT390.
Now, that's an astronomical number, but, if you had seven figures in the bank and wanted a slice of Ford history, you may get another shot, as one of 34 production Shelby GT350R race cars is set to cross the auction block at Mecum's upcoming Kissimmee auction.
Built by Carroll Shelby, the Shelby GT350R was based on the Mustang 2+2 Fastback. Converted to a stripped-out, race-spec R-model by Shelby in '65, the GT350R was powered by a modified 289 HiPo small-block V8, which had been modified and tuned to produce 325 all-American horsepower.
This particular car, serial number 5R106 has an interesting racing history. The first owner of this car was a graduate of the Carroll Shelby School of High-Performance Driving, and went on to enter the GT350R at Road America's B Production Class.
Following its success, the car also went on to compete in races across the states, including in Indiana, Wisconsin, and more.
Since then, the car was placed into storage to preserve its as-raced condition,
Serial No. 5R106 has an illustrious racing history. Its first owner, a veteran Corvette racer and graduate of the Carroll Shelby School of High Performance Driving at Riverside, California, entered the GT350R at the B Production class at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, on September 4, 1965 for its debut race just 10 days after taking delivery.
It went on to compete in races Clermont, Indiana, Lynndale Farms, Wisconsin, and Wilmot Raceway. In the early 1970s, the car was placed into storage for several years to preserve its condition.
It then passed on to the second owner, Paul Zimmons, who restored the car after purchasing it from storage. He then went on to win the Gold Award at Watkins Glen in '93, and won 2nd place in the Popular Vote at Lime Rock Park in 2000.
Since then, the car has passed through a number of further owners, including Shelby expert Colin Comer, who maintained the car in the state it first raced in during 1965, using factory parts and NOS as required.
With it being sold as being 'race-ready' by Mecum, this could be the chance for one budding driver with deep pockets to get a raw taste of '60s adrenaline, but would also make a great addition to any collection.