The classic Shelby GT350 should definitely be every car lover’s dream. The bad news is not every Shelby lover will get the chance to own such a marvel of a car. The good news is that one very lucky person will have the honor of owning a unique 1965 Shelby GT350 Prototype (the basis for the famed "Eleanor" movie car) as the car will be on auction at Mecum’s Monterey auction during the Pebble Beach Concours.
This particular Shelby was originally shipped to Shelby American on May 22, 1965. It was then completed as a GT350 on May 25 and started its life as a prototype driver for Shelby American. The first threee models years were spent as a prototype driver and the vehicle was then sold off to Shelby’s Hi-Performance Motors in El Segundo, California on May 11, 1967.
The car on auction is equipped with rear quarter windows, side scoops, 1966 Shelby stripes, Shelby/Crager 15" Black accent wheels, 1966 underride traction bars, 1965 override brackets, prototype carpeted rear shelf (’66), 1967 Shelby GT350 wood steering wheel, very rare ’66 Mustang AM 8-track stereo and door speakers, very rare Cobra badge on the glove compartment. Also it is the only known pre 1967 Shelby GT350 with a factory rear spoiler, authenticated by SAAC.
So anyone want a piece of Shelby history? Better start saving up to bid on this magnificent piece of machinery. The Pebble Beach Concours is August 13-14, 2010, but the Shelby GT350 will be sold on Saturday, August 14th at 2:30pm.
Mention the name Carroll Shelby to anyone who knows about cars and the first word that would come out of their mouths is ’legend’ - and for good reason. As the man behind the iconic Shelby line of Mustangs, Carroll Shelby has given us some of the most priceless and sought-after Mustang models in history.
But as is the case with any successful story, an ending will eventually come. Rumors are circulating that Shelby’s latest project, the 2011 Mustang GT 350, just may be his final one, too.
At 87 years old, nobody’s going to hold it against him if he decides to finally retire from building cars, but according to the man himself, age has nothing to do with the decision to stop car production. Rather, the departure eventually boiled down to Shelby believing his performance parts development and sales are becoming a more profitable option than his customized Mustangs.
"I want to build fewer cars and sell more parts," Shelby said to the Dallas News. "It’s hard to make any money on a car, but our parts business is growing 15 to 20 percent a year."
While we may still see parts of Carroll Shelby’s legacy in the performance parts that he plans to continue building, the fact that this American muscle car icon is walking away from building his patented bad boys marks a sad day for the specialized market, one that will probably have a lasting effect in the near and far future.
What’s the best noise in the world? Something deep, like an old muscle car. How about the newly revised 2011 Ford Shelby GT500? It’s hard to find a sports car that makes a better noise than the bigger and badder version of the base Mustang.
Last year, the old Ford Shelby GT500 got a few tweaks, mostly on the suspension, which was just terrible years ago. For 2011, Ford has improved things further with a new aluminum block for the V8. That makes the Ford Shelby GT500 more powerful and more fuel-efficient. In fact, the new pony car is so economical that it avoids the gas-guzzler tax.
Now, obviously the Ford Shelby GT500 is fast and quite loud, that much is clear. Around the track the Mustang eats away the Camaro and the base Corvette on the straightaway. The car hits 60 in 4.2 seconds and when the throttle is pressed all the way down you are pushed back into the seat with a force you would find in something propelled by rockets.
Hit the jump for the full review of the 2011 Ford Shelby GT500.
The new 2011 Shelby GT500 has been recently tested at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), one of the worlds most technical and grueling road courses. The car was powered by a new aluminum 5.4-liter supercharged engine and the optional SVT Performance Package that includes staggered lightweight 19 inch forged aluminum wheels up front and 20 inch rollers at the rear wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car tires. This combo can whip out a whopping 550 HP. Take that kind of horsepower to the track and the results are quite impressive.
So how did the Shelby GT500 handle itself out on the track. Well, with a lap time of 2:58.48, the 2011 Shelby GT500 with the SVT Performance Package was over eight seconds a lap faster around the Virginia International Raceway than the 2010 model! How’s that for model advancement?
Check out the video to see the 2011 Shelby GT500 handle its own on the track.
Carroll Shelby had to be a genius. Only a genius could come up with such an amazing car like the 1965 Shelby GT350. This is evident in the resurrection of the small block muscle car for the 2011 model year. As if the reinvention is not enough, Shelby announced today it will expand the GT350 Mustang line-up with the addition of a normally aspirated version. This consumer demand-driven model is aimed at competition in Sports Car Club of America events and will allow the street car to be ordered with an automatic transmission.
"When we brought back the GT350, people wanted to race it like they did with our Shelby GT," said Shelby American Founder Carroll Shelby. "Others asked for an automatic transmission. So we’re dropping the supercharger, retuning the engine and adding an automatic. This gives people more choices with the GT350."
The SCCA doesn’t allow for after market modifications such as the turbocharger so dropping it in lieu of a naturally-aspirated version will elate car enthusiasts wanting to burn Shelby rubber at the SCCA events.
The SCCA racer GT350 is powered by 5.0 liter V8 coupled to a 6 speed transmission producing 412hp. The street version of this model will come with the same engine tuned to deliver more than the factory 412hp, although exact numbers have not yet been calculated. The super-charged GT350 will produce over 500hp and will be mated to a six-speed manual. All cars will be painted in traditional white with Shelby Guardsman blue Le Mans stripes and will get a new front fascia, tail light trim, front splitter, rear deck lid filler panel and rear fascia.
The price for the normally aspirated GT350 package is $26,995.00 plus the cost of the GT350 itself. The supercharged version is priced at $33,995.
The American automaker Ford has revealed the first details about the 2011 ShelbyGT500, the top of the line, high performance Mustang set to make its world debut in just a few days at the 2010 Chicago Auto Show. The new GT500 will be offered as both a coupe and convertible, with new items for 2011 being the SVT Performance Package, standard HID (high-intensity discharge) headlamps, integrated spotter mirror and fold down rear headrests.
The aforementioned SVT Performance Package is made up of a new set of staggered lightweight 19 inch forged aluminum wheels up front and 20 inch rollers at the rear wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 Super Car tires. Meanwhile power comes from an all new aluminum 5.4 Liter supercharged V8, derived from the unit inside the Ford GT super car, that produces 550 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque. The engine weighs in at 102 pounds less than the previous model, meaning that the entire package offers a better power to weight ratio and fuel economy as well, returning 15 MPG around town and as much as 23 MPG on the highway.
UPDATE 06/02/2010: Check out our review on the monster Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 by clicking here.
UPDATE 07/15/2010: Ford has just announced they will be limiting the number of units for the 2011 GT500 to 5,500. These should go fast considering they already have 3,300 orders!
Carroll Shelby Foundation announced the auction of a special edition Jordin Sparks 750 horsepower 2010 Shelby GT500 Super Snake on February 3rd at the "Cars, Stars & Cigars" event that will take place at the Eden Roc Renaissance, Miami Beach. Starting bid is $75,000.
The car is painted in red and features a unique Jordin Sparks interior sponsored by Roadwire Leather Interiors. Special features include a custom Alcantara enhanced OEM replacement leather interior, airbag validated driver and passenger seat foam replacement, with aggressive driving bolsters and a new shift boot and center console to match.
In celebration of the original 1965 Shelby GT350’s 45th anniversary, Shelby American recently unveiled an all new version of their classic small block muscle car at the opening night extravaganza of the Barrett-Jackson auction. The original GT350 was well known for its ability to get around corners and enjoyed quite a bit of success as a production class race car and will be resurrected in the form of an all new Ford Mustang. While the 2011 GT350 that was on display at the gala was only a concept conceived in cooperation with experts from Ford Racing, Borla exhaust, Goodyear tires, Cragar wheels and Baer brakes; Shelby will be offering a take home version very soon.
For an additional $33,995 over the price of a brand new 5.0 Liter Ford Mustang GT, Shelby will deliver a 500 HP supercharged pony car sitting on a Ford Racing suspension rolling around on a set of 19 inch retro muscle car wheel housing a set of massive six piston brake calipers and a modern aero package covered in the signature Shelby white livery with Guardsman Blue Le Mans racing stripes running the length of the vehicle. The best part about owning a brand new GT350 is that the car comes to you via your local Ford dealer after being prepared in Shelby’s Las Vegas based workshop, so not only do you get the reliability of a brand new car under warranty but it is also one of the cheapest ways to buy into the Shelby American registry.
Much like anything else in life, we all get a kick out of putting two cars together to see which one smokes the other, and while we’ve seen some pretty lopsided races in our time, we’ve also seen some nail-biters along the way.
The latest car duel our friends over at Motor Trend have done is between two cars that are not only fast and powerful, but they also have some pretty awesome nicknames, which makes this particular race that much more fun.
After their big announcement at the 2009 SEMA Show, the American specialty car builders from Classic Recreations have released the details about their brand new Shelby GT500CR Mustang. The 21st Century muscle car will be offered in three different trim levels including, Intro, Performance and Venom; all being powered by a very appropriate hand built 427 cubic inch V8 engine.
The base level Intro model’s fuel injected 7.0 Liter eight cylinder delivers a total of 545 HP and will be shifted by a Tremec five speed manual and ride on a set of retro 17 inch rims. There will also be a 150 shot of nitrous on tap whenever that extra jolt of power is needed. The Performance version gets a sport steering rack wider rear tires and an updated coil over suspension. On the inside the Performance model also benefits from a pair of Carroll Shelby Scat Rally series 1000 seats. The most most powerful version, Venom, will deliver a total of 780 HP thanks to an intercooled ProCharger forced induction system, even more rubber in the rear as well as a set of genuine racing buckets. So no matter what your budget may be, Classic Recreations is able to put you in the car of your dreams.
Updated 11/17/2010: Classic Recreations were kind enough to send us a few more details on their GT500CR Mustang. Their classic recreation will be offered in three versions: an intro model that needed an investment at $119,000, a performance version that needed $149,000 and a Venom model that needed an investment of $199,000.