Flying Mustang set to take on auction record

Ken Miles 1965 Shelby GT350R

Miles, as Shelby American’s test driver, took 5R002 to victory at Green Valley in 1965

A 1965 Shelby GT350R Competition Model that was raced by Le Mans 1966 runner-up Ken Miles is expected to fetch a record-breaking price when it is sold at auction this May.

Miles drove the GT350R, otherwise known as the “Flying Mustang”, at Green Valley Raceway on February 14, 1965, taking a sublime win as part of the car’s first competitive race.

He was photographed during the race with all four wheels off the ground, in what become an iconic image (below).

Ken Miles Flying Mustang

Miles’s driving earned the car the “Flying Mustang” moniker

Miles’ role as the Shelby American test driver who developed the Ford GT40 for Le Mans was made famous in last year’s Le Mans ’66 (or Ford vs Ferrari, depending on your location) film.

This particular car, the 5R002, was the testbed for Shelby American’s engineering projects, including the second 5R001 Mustang and the 34 customer R models.

Bob Bondurant, Chuck Cantwell, Peter Brock and Jerry Titus all drove the 5R002 as well, with the latter taking the B-Production SCCA National Championship crown in 1965 with the Mustang.

Ken Miles

Ken Miles association should help the Mustang break an auction record


It will be available as part of the John Atzbach collection at the 33rd Original Spring Classic event in Indianapolis from May 12-17.

The Shelby in question is expected to break the existing Mecum Auctions record for Ford Mustang sales, topping the $3.74m (£3m) price tag the Bullitt Mustang generated at the Mecum Kissimmee 2020 event.

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