1965 Shelby GT350R in precision 1:18 diecast with operable hood, doors and trunk
To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Shelby GT350, Acme has issued a precision 1:18 diecast replica of the “winningest” Shelby GT350 ever. Driven by Charlie Kemp, this Shelby compiled 17 straight wins from 1968–1969. It was clocked at 184 mph at Daytona in 1968 – the highest speed recorded to date for any 289-powered Shelby (including Cobras). At Daytona the next year, Charlie and his #23 GT350 R performed the famous “pass in the grass” on Chevrolet’s ZL-1 Corvette!
The factory competition variant of the iconic Shelby GT350, the GT350 R, was purpose-built for racing, and Shelby American extracted a hefty premium for the ultra-performance. Only 33 were made, making it very rare today. Charlie Kemp had seen Roger West race the Shelby and had been impressed. He was ready to move up to something with a little more power, so, in late December 1967, he put down $4,600 cash at Foreign Car Center in Birmingham, Alabama, and took West’s car home, along with a huge quantity of spares. But he got something along with the car that was worth more than everything else put together: Pete Hood, the GT350 R’s mechanic.
Click on RM Sotheby’s account of this car which auctioned for just shy of $1 million, to learn more about the path to glory for this car. As for this exceptional model…
- Opening doors, trunk and hood
- Poseable steering
- Highly detailed engine
- Detailed undercarriage
- Detailed interior
- Diecast metal body
- Serialized plate
Mustang, Shelby Cobra
Pony Cars, Race Cars & Racing
- SKU: A1801812