The modern Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R might potentially have just been sent to the glue factory, but an instance of the car that inspired it will cross the block at Mecum’s approaching Indianapolis auction, scheduled for Might potentially 14-21.

This 1965 Ford Shelby GT350R—serial amount 5R213—is a single of only 34 manufacturing autos (and two prototypes) designed, as part of Ford’s earliest try out to show its Pony Car had accurate muscle. Previously partnering with Shelby on the Cobra and GT40, Ford commissioned a sporty model of the Mustang, which had just launched to amazing fanfare in the spring of 1964.

As with the most most current model, Shelby made the two a typical GT350 and GT350R racing model. The latter is offically acknowledged as the GT350 Rivals, even however its generally referred to as a GT350R due to the reality of the “R” integrated in the model’s chassis code. The car won three consecutive SCCA B Manufacturing championships. Distinctions amid the typical GT350 and the GT350R integrated a fiberglass decreased front valance, deleted quarter windows, vented plexiglass rear windows, American Racing Torq Thrust wheels, and some engine upgrades.


1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R 5R213 (Photo by Mecum Auctions)

1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R 5R213 (Photograph by Mecum Auctions)

The engine itself is a 289-cubic-inch V-eight, which can make 325 hp in this car, and is coupled to a Borg Warner T10 M 4-velocity guidebook transmission. Shelby at first regarded independent rear suspension, but when a prototype could not beat a reside-axle car in a comparison at California’s Willow Springs racetrack, the imagined was nixed. A group of former Shelby American personnel recently designed a handful of reproductions with that independent rear-suspension plan, but the manufacturing Mustang would stick with its reside axle for decades.

This car toured the nation with the 1965 Cobra Caravan, a cross-nation promotional tour organized by Shelby. The GT350R, a 427 Cobra, a GT40, and a Cobra Daytona Coupe have been hauled all about in a 42-foot trailer, making stops at Shelby dealers to market place merchandise product sales.

Following the tour concluded, the car was shipped to Peru on June 28,1966, as a single of five autos purchased by a group hunting to compete in rallies and endurance races, in accordance to Mecum. It was repatriated to the United States quickly right after which it was passed amid a amount of collectors over the ensuing decades. It was recently taken care of to a complete restoration and, while it was designed to win trophies on the track, it genuinely is now winning them on the car-existing circuit. Offered the really worth of these autos, that is now their all-organic habitat.