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BORN TO RACE: 1966 Shelby Group II Mustang Built For Legendary Driver Ken Miles

BORN TO RACE: 1966 Shelby Group II Mustang Built For Legendary Driver Ken Miles

BORN TO RACE: 1966 Shelby Group II Mustang Built For Legendary Driver Ken Miles

Created by impartial automotive journalist Steve Statham

2023 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION – 1966 SHELBY Team II MUSTANG &#8211 Built FOR KEN MILES – NO RESERVE

1 of the saddest facets when a everyday living of achievement is slice short is thinking about what might have been. That concern has surrounded the everyday living of racing driver Ken Miles for decades. There’s no remedy to this sort of musings, of class. What is left for the people who realized and beloved him, and the racing lovers who followed his career, is a peaceful appreciation for what he did accomplish — and that was a lot.

Miles was the winner of a great number of athletics auto races in the 1950s and gained the 1961 United States Car Club (USAC) Highway Racing Championship. He was a Shelby-American crew driver and main examination driver in the 1960s. He gained the 24 Several hours of Daytona, the 12 Several hours of Sebring and the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans in actuality, if not formally. These achievements placed him at the major of his sport, and Miles has gained a very well-deserved reintroduction to a young technology of racing admirers many thanks to the 2019 motion picture “Ford v Ferrari.”

This 1966 Shelby Team II Mustang is another chapter in the “what may have been” story of Ken Miles, and it will be available with No Reserve at the Barrett-Jackson 2023 Scottsdale Auction. According to the Shelby American Car Club (SAAC), Shelby American Earth Registry and Carroll Shelby himself, which is documented in the Unique Collector’s Edition of Mustang Month to month January 1995 journal, this Mustang was designed for Ken Miles to race. Tragically, Miles died in a crash when screening the Ford J-car or truck, the following evolution in the GT40 plan, at Riverside International Raceway on August 17, 1966. He would by no means have the likelihood to generate the Mustang that was in the Shelby pipeline specially for him to race.

It is fascinating to contemplate what Miles could have attained behind the wheel of this car or truck. The Team II Mustangs had been built mainly to race in the freshly established Athletics Car or truck Club of The united states (SCCA) Trans-American Sedan Championship. Ford was intrigued in the Manufacturers’ Championship the new series made available and approached Shelby American about constructing Mustangs to race in the Trans Am’s About 2-Liter class. Shelby built 16 notchback 1966 Team II Mustangs, and this car is the very well-known 12th automobile from that batch.

The Team II cars ended up crafted fundamentally employing the GT350 R-Product blueprint, although there are variations involving the two. Even though modified to racing specifications by Shelby, the autos carried Ford serial quantities. The Mustangs have been developed to conform to FIA Team II guidelines, so unlike the Shelby GT350 R-Models, they were being necessary to manage the steel hood without a scoop, all four seats in area and factory glass home windows, among the other aspects.

Though we can ponder what Miles might have performed with the car, we do not have to imagine the racing historical past of the Mustang itself. It was raced as intended and has a very long checklist of achievements to its credit rating. Its 1st owner was driver John McComb, who competed thoroughly in SCCA events. He drove the car or truck to the SCCA A/Sedan Midwest Division Championship in 1966. McComb’s victory at the Eco-friendly Valley, Texas, Trans-Am race (with co-driver Brad Brooker) assisted Ford secure the Manufacturers’ Championship in its course in the initial calendar year of the Trans-Am sequence. McComb bought the car in 1967, but it continued to be raced into the early 1970s.

In 2014, this Group II Mustang was despatched to Legendary Motorcar in Halton Hills, Ontario, for a thorough concours restoration. It was disassembled and stripped to bare metal, restored to appropriate Shelby specs and refinished in its authentic manufacturing facility Wimbledon White paint with blue Le Mans stripes. It has the range 41 painted on the hood, trunk lid and doors, a range that McComb used to reveal the SCCA’s Region 4, and his Initially Area end therein.

The car or truck is run by an period-right Shelby American racing 289 Hello-Po V8 motor. It has been outfitted with the appropriate Hello-Po heads, Tri-Y headers, aluminum hi-rise consumption manifold #S2MS-9424-A, Holley 715 cfm carburetor #S2MS-3510-A, steel valve handles with specifically fabricated breathers and 7.5-quart Cobra finned aluminum oil pan. The engine is teamed with an period-proper BorgWarner T10 shut-ratio 4-speed handbook transmission with a make date of July 27, 1965. The power is transferred to a Ford 9-inch Detroit Locker rear conclude with 3.89 gears.

The inside is outfitted with a Shelby-correct 4-position roll bar, 3-inch competition lap belts, 16-inch 3-spoke steering wheel and 6 Carroll Shelby gauges. The suspension and brakes are real period of time Shelby components, with a 19.1 quick steering box, 1-inch sway bar, override traction bars, KONI shocks, 11.3-inch front disc brakes and 10&#2152.5-inch vast rear drum brakes. The auto sits on the correct 15&#2157-inch American Racing magnesium wheels that present some patina, with wheels wrapped with accurate-fashion Firestone Indy 9.20&#21515-inch tires.

This Group II Shelby Mustang is a rolling record lesson and a significant element of both Shelby and Ford Motor Company’s racing legacies. As this kind of, it has been signed by Carroll Shelby, John McComb, Shelby GT350 Job Engineer Chuck Cantwell and Shelby mechanic Terry Doty. This Shelby was also showcased on the protect and inside Athletics Automobile Graphic December 1966 magazine which was signed by John McComb. This magazine alongside with intensive documentation is included with the sale.

Arrive January in Scottsdale, there will be two varieties of Shelby supporters in the viewers — all those who bid, and those people who marvel what may have been. Sign up to bid to see this storied car or truck cross the block at the Barrett-Jackson 2023 Scottsdale Auction, January 21-29.