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The ultimate modern-era Shelby Mustang
One of 37 examples build in 2015, 22nd car produced
Ordered and owned by Moray Callum, Vice President of Design for Ford Motor Company
Painted in the exquisite Avalanche Grey, available in 2015 only for Ford executives
Created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Shelby GT350
88 miles since new, with original protective factory packaging
5.2-liter flat-plane crank V8 engine producing 526hp, 6-speed manual transmission
Includes Technology Package, with radio and air conditioning
First major production car to utilize carbon fiber wheels
Carroll Shelby was never known for making understated vehicles, more often than not producing both critically acclaimed and brutally-fast sports cars such as the AC Cobra. Shelby eventually turned his attention to the newly-announced Ford Mustang which was quickly becoming an American classic. Working with Ford to get Mustang bodies and modifying them for performance, the first Shelby GT350 Mustang was born. With a high powered 289 cubic inch Ford V8 engine, the same in his Shelby Cobras, the Mustang was infused with a motorsports mentality, making them true street machines that were quite capable on the track. With sharper handling, plenty of power with a few cosmetic additions for good measure, the GT350 became the sport Mustang of choice for many individuals around the globe.
Ford Motor Company’s Mustang line was due for a complete redesign and needed to bring something fresh to the table to beat competitors. Ford dropped hints of a new Mustang variant, one that was more powerful, track oriented and a Shelby product, for months, finally releasing details in early 2015. Honoring the famous moniker that Carroll Shelby established in 1965, the new Shelby GT350 was announced after the name being dormant for more than 40 years.
At the heart of the new GT350 sits the Voodoo 5.2-liter V8, complete with a flat-plane crank that together produces a total of 526 all naturally-aspirated horsepower and a sinister high- revving shriek up to 8,250rpm. New exterior styling was introduced, a new upgraded interior and numerous handling benefits. But the real story is in the evil twin of the new GT350, the 2015 Ford GT350R. The new GT350R is motorsports heaven to anyone who likes Mustangs. Gone are the aluminum spoke wheels and replaced by full carbon fiber wheels, a first for a major manufacturer. By replacing those aluminum wheels with carbon fiber, a total of 52 pounds of unsprung weight is saved. A special carbon fiber wing replacing the smaller one on the standard GT350, and the interior is devoid of creature comforts (that can be added back by the customer) to save weight. Considered to be the ultimate road or track Mustang ever created, its raw performance from the all-aluminum 5.2-liter V8, upgraded suspension for better handling, and new exterior styling with an upscale interior brings the Mustang into the 21st century and the GT350R dials it to 11.
When the GT350 and GT350R were revealed in 2015, Ford announced that they would be building only 37 of the GT350Rs for 2015, making them instantly collectible. Like its 1965 R-Model counterpart, production of the GT350R was limited to only 37 units, but this time around, purchase was restricted to Ford family and VIPs - making ownership a very exclusive affair.
This special 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R was purchased new by Ford Vice President of Design, Moray Callum. Responsible for many ground-breaking designs that you see on the road today, Callum is the driving force behind your favorite looks of Ford’s automobiles. A long-time member of the Ford team, he first joined in 1995 and spent a number of years with the company before being moved to Mazda. After a successful stint at the Japanese company, he was moved back to Ford where he played a critical role in the design of many iconic cars met with critical acclaim. He was also tasked with leading the design and revealing of two of the most notable cars, the sixth generation Ford Mustang and the 2nd generation 2017 Ford GT. He spec’d his car in Avalanche Grey, a special and unique color that was only available to a select few individuals who were pivotal in the design and creation of the new GT350s, and believed to be only one of two in 2015 in this color specification. Callum kept the car with extremely low mileage (88 miles), even leaving the delivery plastic and decals on the car in order to preserve its factory-delivered nature. Includes are the owner’s manuals, supplements, accessories, and the special presentation box containing the small model of the flat-plane crankshaft and limited-edition art prints.
Essentially a brand-new car with only 88 miles, the car looks as if it just rolled out of the Ford factory. The special Avalanche Grey paint accents the sharply sculpted lines, with the dark carbon fiber wheels giving the Mustang a menacing look and stance. If you were looking for the ultimate GT350R for your collection, why not own the GT350R that was owned by someone so arguably pivotal in the GT350’s stunning design, Moray Callum? Pair the limited-edition nature of the 2015 Shelby GT350R, with only 88 miles and having been owned by Ford’s Vice President of Design Moray Callum, this 2015 Ford Shelby GT350R checks all the boxes for a powerful future collectible.