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July 20, 2020

By: Sinjin

CARS

Ken Miles’ “Flying Mustang” Soars To A Record Hammer Price

When the original Bullitt Mustang sold, most folks figured that pony car was going to hold onto the record for well… ever. With the history and significance of that car, it’s hard to fathom that any other Mustang could get near that 7 figure price tag. While the Bullitt cemented the Mustang in history on the silver screen, the “Flying Mustang” cemented the Mustang in racing history.

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Hammering a staggering $3.85 million at Mecum Indianapolis, this GT350R now has the crown as the most valuable Mustang in history.

Chassis no. 5R002 was the first GT350 competition car that was entered into a sanctioned race in 1965. Piloted by automotive legend Ken Miles, who would later lead the charge with Carroll Shelby to bring Ford glory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, won the first race this GT350 competed in. Not only was this Mustang the first GT350R to be built by Carroll Shelby, but it was also the second  GT350 built by the hands of Shelby. Only those two names could overthrow the King Of Cool’s forest green Mustang.

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Other distinguished names have also been in the driver’s seat of this GT350:

•Bob Bondurant,’64 GT class winner at the Le Mans 24 Hours in Shelby’s  Cobra Daytona Coupe.

•Chuck Cantwell, notably the brains behind the GT350 program for both street and track.

•Peter Brock, overall racing badass and one of the most successful racers from Australia.

•Jerry Titus

•and Carroll Shelby, hopefully I don’t need to give you some background on that name.

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With the impressive 7 figure price tag, you’re not just getting a history book on wheels that looks nice. This isn’t just a stock GT350, the R models were fitted with a tuned suspension, a modified 289 cu. in. V-8, upgraded cooling, and weight reduction. This Mustang was born for the track through and through, which means the interior was pulled and fitted with a roll cage to meet safety specifications. If that isn’t enough for you, this race car also sports parts that Shelby frankly didn’t put onto customer cars back then.

 

While it’s too late to buy this Mustang for yourself so you can put your wallets away, but you can see more of this GT350R on Mecum’s site still.

 

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