2015 Shelby GT350R
#23 of just thirty-seven 2015 GT350R examples built
Owned since new by Bruce Meyer – co-founder of the Petersen Automotive Museum
Includes all original purchase documents, window sticker, owner’s manuals, supplements
Comes with its special presentation box with model of flat-plane crankshaft and art prints
Created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the original Shelby GT350
190 miles since new, with original protective plastic on floors and door sills
Includes Electronics Package, with radio and air conditioning
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 and GT350R were 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. The 6-speed manual transmission transfers power to the Torsen limited-slip differential with 3.73 gears, with large Brembo brakes giving the Shelby incredible stopping power. MagneRide adjustable dampeners from Ford allow both a compliant and planted ride. 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. Gone are the aluminum spoke wheels and replaced by full carbon fiber wheels, a first for a major manufacturer, and saving a total of 52 pounds of unsprung weight. 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 Ford Shelby GT350R was recently sold at the 2019 Barret Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, with all proceeds benefiting the Petersen Automotive Museum and the Henry Ford Museum. With a final hammer price of $500,000 dollars going to Ron Pratte, all of which went directly to charity, this Shelby GT350R sits in a unique place of the extremely limited 2015 GT350Rs.
This unique 2015 Ford Shelby GT350R was purchased new by collector and Ford-connoisseur Bruce Meyer of Beverly Hills, California, and would own the car up until the recent charity auction. Proudly displayed in his personal collection, the car remains in as-new condition with only 190 miles on the odometer. It’s protective plastic on the floors and door sills is still attached, along with its factory floor mats still inside of their factory protective plastic. Included are all of the original purchase documents, owners’ manuals, supplements, accessories and the special presentation box containing a small model of the flat-plane crankshaft and limited-edition art prints. Spec’d with the Electronics Package, this GT350R has Ford’s 7-speaker sound system, dual-zone climate control, air conditioning and navigation.
Essentially a brand-new car with only 190 miles, the car looks as if it just rolled out of the Ford factory. The bright Oxford White 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 one of the most famous automotive figures of Southern California? Pair the limited-edition nature of the 2015 Shelby GT350R with only 190 miles and having been owned by the prominent automotive legend Bruce Meyer, this 2015 Ford Shelby GT350R checks all the boxes for a powerful future collectible.
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