Back in January, we wondered if any Mustang could beat the Bullitt’s momentous $3.74M sale. Six months later, the first-ever GT350R prototype answered that question with a resounding yes. With a final price of $3,850,000, the Wimbledon White fastback became the most expensive Mustang ever sold at public auction.
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My father, Russell Fish, owned and raced that car to a B Production points championship in the Southwest Region in the late 60s and sold it along with spares and a trailer to a buyer in Mexico for $2500. The engine had several unique components which included neoprene buttons on the piston skirts to reduce friction and Dykes piston rings which were designed for motorcycle racing. The piston ring would seal under compression and retract slightly on the down stroke to reduce friction as well. My dad won every race except for one which he took second because of a flat tire. The car was brutal. Although I didn't have my license yet he let me lap it at Austin Raceway Park before he sold it.
Incredible price for an incredible car. I don't have a problem with price paid. Our hobby and things closely related to it are all based in history. Without cars like this we don't have that and what car guy or girl isn't interested in where things have been? Oh, and no, this car is not going to launch the price of your basic 1965 Stang into the stratosphere so there's no point in the beaten to death statement of "it's ruining the hobby". No, it really isn't.
I saw this car auctioned on TV this past week; and as the owner of a 1969 Shelby GT350, I fully agree with Colin Comer's remarks about this historic car. The VERY FIRST GT350 ever raced - and driven by some of the best known American race car drivers at that! Even the signatures inside the trunk will never be duplicated ever again!
Great Story The corvettes were no competition for these Flying Mustangs. Shelby and Miles were an unbeatable team. Who can compare to either today? Fair Price, for this is what a real collector that knows the history did pay. Enjoy your new Shelby I'm envious.