A year before Ken Miles set lap records at Le Mans in the legendary Ford GT40, he made waves on the track in the first Mustang Shelby GT350 by driving it to victory at Green Valley Raceway in Texas on February 14, 1965.
Fifty-five years later, Ford is celebrating this legacy with a new limited-edition 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350 Heritage Edition Package.
The car is finished in classic Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue side and over-the-top race stripes in a nod to the 1965 GT350 competition model developed by Carroll Shelby. The front and rear exterior badges are finished in Guardsman Blue and there’s a unique dash badge inside. Additionally, GT350R models will feature all-black seats with red accent stitching.
“Looking back on it, what Ford and Carroll Shelby created back in the mid-’60s was so important to Mustang,” said Jim Owens, Ford Mustang marketing manager. “With their authentic exterior livery, unique appointments and performance Ken could have only dreamed of, the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R Heritage Edition Package vehicles are a meaningful tribute to the legacy of the Shelby brand.”
While there are no technical upgrades in the package, you have to remember that the Shelby GT350 received a host of enhancements last year. These include revised front chassis geometry for improved steering feel, plus revised antilock braking and MagneRide tuning for optimized aerodynamic components resulting in improved ride, stability and handling.
Meanwhile, the Shelby GT350R gets a redesigned high-trail steering knuckle leveraged from the all-new Shelby GT500 for 2020. It also features a new steering rack and recalibrated electric power steering control.
The Heritage Edition Package can be ordered now, with deliveries starting in the spring. It pushes the MSRP of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R to $78,925 and $94,920, respectively. The latter is awfully close to the GT500 ($94,675).