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on December 7th, 2017

After Ford had won the 1965 GTWorld Championship, Carol Shelby the man behind the engineering of the race cars got a bit frustrated by the fact that Ford management and marketing wasn’t really doing anything for publicity to address their achievements. The disgruntled Shelby decided to take up his own road show that he called “Cobra Caravan”. The roadshow that would tour 12 cities, Shelby chose six cars – a Cobra Daytona coupe, a GT 40, 427 and 289 Cobras and two GT350 Mustangs. Off the two mustangs one was stock, while the other was a this GT350R you see here on sale at RM Sotheby’s

The Shelby GT350R back in 1965 had a price tag of $6000, which was double that of the regular 289 Fastback. For the extra money, one would get a long list of competition parts, such as a unique deep front fibreglass air scoop, full race-ready interior, oversize wheel openings, Plexiglas side windows, 34-gallon gas tank, headers, competition exhaust, 15 × 7-in. American Racing Torq-Thrust wheels, and riveted aluminium rear louvers. Even the 289 cubic inch (4.7-litre) V8 was upgraded to produce 350bhp which helped the already-lightened car to be quite lively in competition. This car is one of the only well-preserved cars from the Cobra Caravan that even after being imported and raced quite a bit in Peru still holds most of its original condition. Photos: Robin Adams for RM Sotheby’s

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