1965 Mustang Shelby GT350R #18 - Pedro Rodriguez

  • Model: A1801871
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#A1801871 - In Stock - in 1:18 scale is a 1965 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R #18 as driven by Pedro Rodriguez. This car is being produced by ACME using the Exact Detail Tooling. This car will be well detailed inside and out plus it will have an opening hood, doors and trunk. It will be limited to 500 pieces worldwide.

The Shelby American G.T. 350R was created with a singular purpose in mind: transform the image of the Ford Mustang from "sporty car" into "proven race winner." Gene Hamon Ford raced cars, too, relying upon the services of talented regional drivers to produce satisfactory finishes. At an SCCA Regional at Green Valley Raceway in Smithfield, Texas, Bill Steele was tasked with driving 5R108, as he'd previously delivered wins behind the wheel of a Shelby Cobra and a Shelby G.T. 350. For whatever reason, 5R108 intimidated the experienced racer, who begged off driving the car, leaving Gene Hamon with few good options. Sports car star Pedro Rodriguez was on hand, so when Hamon asked if he could handle the Shelby, his reply in broken English was reportedly, "Si, I win."

And win he did, beating a Shelby American factory G.T. 350R driven by Jerry Titus, and even besting a 289 Cobra driven by Al Goldman. Perhaps it was this commanding performance, or the success of the G.T. 350R models overall that prompted Mexico City racer Freddy van Buren to cut a deal with Gene Hamon Ford for 5R108. Whatever the reason, the Shelby was shipped south of the border, where its blue stripes were replaced with the red and green stripes symbolic of the Mexican flag.

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