Would you rather have a new Ford GT or this 1966 GT350 owned by Sir Moss himself?
Back in August, a 1966 Shelby GT350 went up for auction via Barrett-Jackson. Already a special car in its own right, this particular Shelby had the distinction of having been raced by Sir Stirling Moss himself. Of course, the legendary driver passed away last year. This white Shelby with blue striping has now officially been sold for the handsome sum of $495,000. That's enough to buy yourself eight 2020 Mustang Shelby GT350s, at least when that car was still on sale. The sale price of the 1966 GT350 was just shy of the starting price for a new Ford GT supercar. Of course, those modern coupes won't have the same sense of nostalgia attached to them as this 1966 example.
This particular model spent the first couple of years of its life in San Antonio, Texas. It was later purchased by Peter Livanos, once the co-owner of Aston Martin. Under the stewardship of Livanos, the Shelby was converted to R specification. Moss, who had experienced the GT350's charms previously at Monterey, purchased this R-spec version from Livanos. He went on to race it at numerous locations in Europe during the 1990s. Moss said that this GT350 R was his favorite car for historic racing. Later, Carroll Shelby himself drove this GT350 and proclaimed it to be "The Moss Car".
Inside the trunk, the Shelby GT350 bears the signature of Moss himself. It's also listed in the Shelby Registry. That kind of resume is hard to argue with and makes the sale price of close to half a million a little easier to understand. Under the hood is a V8 engine and it comes paired to a four-speed manual gearbox.
Moss passed away last year aged 90 and previously raced behind the wheel of automotive legends like the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR. He also enjoyed strong performances at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in a Jaguar and an Aston Martin. Hopefully, the GT350 R that sold went not only to a Shelby fan but an admirer of Moss himself.