180MPH, Million-Dollar Ford Mustang! 1965 SHELBY GT350R — Video Walkaround, Insights and 35 All-New Photos



This Mustang is so amazingly hot in person, one finds it hard not to paw up and down its panels.

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RM Auctions Amelia Island really aced this huge sale — earning $984,000 for its original driver and owner, Charlie Kemp.

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Mr. Kemp and his top mechanic were on hand with some fascinating insights about the racecar, shared in the below video around the three-minute mark.

The most exciting things I learned from him were regarding the extremely low suspension setup to limit aero drag, the paint job, and the top speed at redline.

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— Aero and structural stiffness enhancements: the car rode a full half-foot lower than factory Mustangs, which was the only way to keep it tight on tracks at huge speeds. As well as a roll cage, this GT350R wears boxed suspension braces above and below the engine to keep the nose under control in racing

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—– This hood buckle, they say, opened extra panel gap room for any trapped air to vent more effectively — again to limit lift at high speeds.

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— High speeds? In a 1960s Mustang? How does 180-mph-plus at 8,400 RPM sound? It raised my eyebrows when Mr. Kemp said it, that is for sure!

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— What about that smashing paint job? Added by Charlie Kemp and crew to identify the car for other drivers.

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He once started a race in 40-th position and was in the top five before the end of the first straight-away — so a unique and memorable paint finish was required to get drivers out of his way the next time he lapped them.

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—– The bumper also lost a huge central chunk when modified with this rosy orange color — again to aid in engine breathing and power delivery.

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