Now that the Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 will be discontinued following the 2020 model year, we would expect nice, low-mile examples to start popping up for sale and likely go up in value. So it didn’t come as much of a surprise when we came across this pristine 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R as it prepares to cross the block at RM Sotheby’s upcoming fall auction.
There isn’t necessarily anything particularly rare about the current GT350, but this 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R is rarer than most for a couple of different reasons. For starters, it’s one of just 906 examples produced for the 2017 model year, and it’s one of just 111 of those finished in Oxford White with Lightning Blue stripes.
In the years since it was special ordered and consigned through AutoNation Ford of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, this GT350R has accumulated just 2,250 miles. As one might expect from such a well-maintained, low-mile car, it also comes with its original owner’s manual in the provided pouch, window sticker, car cover with storage bag, a spare set of floor mats, all the pertinent Ford Performance and Shelby documentation, and a model flat-plane crankshaft mounted on a stand.
Everything else is unsurprisingly stock. That means Ford’s magical, naturally-aspirated 5.2L Voodoo V8 lies underhood, producing 526 horsepower and 429 pound-feet of torque, along with a host of suspension goodies and various other upgrades and weight reduction techniques that make the GT350R a true menace on the track.
In recent months, the most recent Shelby GT350 has fallen in value following the release of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. But now that the “lesser” Shelby is going away again, we wouldn’t be surprised to see prices start inching back upward. If nothing else, this very nice 2017 model should provide a hint as to whether that’s going to happen or not.