It pays homage to the legendary driver, Ken Miles.
Before "Ford v. Ferrari" hit the big screen, Christian Bale's character, Ken Miles, was relatively unknown. Matt Damon plays the one and only Carroll Shelby, but it was Miles' story that was both inspiring and heartbreaking. He was one of the greatest racing car drivers of all time, having set lap records at Le Mans in the Ford GT40 in 1966. A year prior, he showed off his skills in the first 1965 Mustang Shelby GT350 fastback coupe.
To celebrate Miles' legacy as a driver and engineer 55 years later, Ford has just unveiled the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R Heritage Edition Package. Each will come finished in Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue side and over-the-top stripes along with front and rear exterior badges finished in Guardsman Blue and special dash badges inside. In addition, GT350R models will have all-black sets 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."
Ken Miles made the original Shelby GT350 into a legend when he drove it to victory at Green Valley Raceway in Texas on February 14, 1965. Along with his portrayal in the film, it's wonderful to finally see Ken Miles receive the much-needed recognition he rightly earned.
The 2020 Shelby GT350 and GT350R Heritage Editions come with all of last year's upgrades, including revised front chassis geometry, redesigned high-trail steering knuckle, and a new steering rack and recalibrated electric power steering.
Pricing for the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350 will begin at $60,440, not including destination and taxes. The more track-focused GT350R will run from $73,435, also not including additional fees. The Heritage Edition Package is a $1,965 option for both and Ford dealerships across the US already accepting orders. The first cars are expected to be shipped this spring.