Monterey

19-20 August 2016

The Jim Click Ford Performance Collection

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Lot 142

2008 Ford Mustang FR500S

  • Chassis no. FR500S 055

Sold for $27,500


Please note that this vehicle is offered on a Bill of Sale.

325 bhp, 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 engine, Tremec six-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with MacPherson struts and rear suspension with solid rear axle, and four-wheel Brembo disc brakes. Wheelbase: 107.1 in.

  • All proceeds to benefit the Malcolm Smith Motorsports Foundation
  • Participated in the 2008 and 2010 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge
  • One of 77 FR500Ss built


Debuted at SEMA in 2007, the Ford Mustang FR500S put the Mustang back on the racetrack. Unlike previous Mustangs in motorsport, these were not converted elsewhere to racing specifications; the FR500S would be built alongside street-legal Mustangs in-house at Ford’s Flat Rock Assembly Plant in Michigan.

Starting with a Mustang GT coupe, the FR500S is stripped of 300 pounds of street-car luxuries not necessary for use on the track. The car’s 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 remains internally unchanged but is now fitted with a new intake and Borla exhaust system. In addition, the Mustang was fitted with a stiffer suspension with adjustable shocks and lowered ride-height, while 14-inch Brembo brakes and racing slicks help grind the car to a halt. An aggressive front splitter and large rear wing help to keep the car planted on the grand and complete its focused look. A single racing seat with a six-point harness is fitted for the driver; there are no other creature comforts to speak of.

The FR500S could be had as a track-day toy, but the vast majority of buyers purchased them specifically to compete in the new Ford Mustang Challenge series. Seventy-seven examples were built, and each example cost $75,000 in race-ready condition, a relative bargain for entry into a racing series.

Delivered new in 2008 to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, it was raced in every event for the 2008 Ford Racing Mustang Challenge, accumulating a trio of 4th place finishes, two 5th place finishes, and a 7th and 9th place finish. While the car did not race in 2009, it returned to the track for the 2010 season, where it competed in five races, with its best finish being 2nd place at Watkins Glen. The car proved to be quite competitive with Mike McGovern behind the wheel, and it would surely still be very exciting to drive at speed. Furthermore, it is important to note that the car is accompanied by its original build sheet.

All proceeds from the sale of the FR550 will benefit the Malcolm Smith Motorsports Foundation. A non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation established in 1998, the Malcolm Smith Motorsports Foundation assisted in developing the El Oasis Orphanage on the Baja Peninsula of Mexico, near the village of Valle Trinidad. Housing at-risk orphans, the Foundation aims to provide a better life for the orphans through providing them with their basic needs and a fully funded education, ranging from kindergarten to university.

At the time the Foundation became involved with El Oasis, the orphanage consisted of just one building, but with their help and support, El Oasis was able to flourish and provide the children with not only a quality education, but also a safe and welcoming place to call home. The Foundation has spearheaded a number of projects to help improve the quality of life at the orphanage, including the installation of water and electrical systems, irrigation and the planting of over 400 trees, the purchase of beds and bedroom furniture, and even the construction of playgrounds and ball courts. With 25–30 children currently at the orphanage, the Foundation provides them with an incredible opportunity to enrich their lives and give back to their own community through the gift of a high-quality education. The Foundation has no overhead or paid employees, ensuring that every dollar donated goes directly to the children and the orphanage.

Needless to say, this is a wonderful opportunity to acquire a seldom seen, modern racing car for a great cause.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more