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Shelby American announced that the 2013 model year will be the end of the line for the Mustang GT350 . The company will continue to accept orders for new GT350 models through December 31st, 2013, so you had better get to ordering while you still can.

Shelby launched the GT350 program in 1965 and painted each and every one of the debut models Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue rocker-panel stripes, and just over a quarter of these models features Le Mans (racing) stripes. These models came with a 289-cubic-inch V-8 powerhouse that Shelby Shelby tuned to 306 horsepower — stock output was 271 horsepower. Other updates included heavy-duty rear axles from the Ford Galaxy, larger rear drum brakes and upgraded Kelsey-Hayes front disc brakes. The engine hooked up to a T-10 four-speed manual gearbox and the car held the road via over-rider traction bars, revise A-arms and 130 mph-rated Goodyear rubber.

1966 brought about four new colors: blue, red, green and black. It also gained brake cooling ducts, an optional three-speed automatic transmission and an optional Paxton supercharger. The latter option ran $670 — a relative bargain by today’s standard — and bumped the engine to 440 horsepower.

Also new for 1966 was the Hertz "Rent-a-Racer," which were later refurbished by Ford and sold to the public as the GT350-H. The "Rent-a-Racer" program netted plenty of issues, as many of these cars were rented for use in SCCA events, which ended up with customers temporarily welding in roll cages. Additionally, many of the performance parts were missing by time Hertz returned the models to Ford for refurbishing.

In 1968, Ford added in the GT350-KR model — "KR" meaning "King of the Road" — which included a 428-cubic-inch V-8 powerplant with 335 horses and 440 pound-feet of torque. Also changed up was the addition of the "Cobra" tag to the name in 1968, making it the "Shelby Cobra GT350."the Otherwise, the GT350 remained the same in 1967 and 1968.

In 1969, which was the GT 350’s final year, the "Cobra" tag disappeared and a 351-cubic-inch V-8 found its way under its hood.

In 2011 Shelby reintroduced the GT350 and produced only coupe models painted in Competition white with Guardsmen blue stripes. In 2012 , it also offered a convertible version, plus three more colors (red, blue and anniversary black/gold celebrating 50 years of Shelby American).

As of January 1st, 2014, Shelby will continue to offer models like Shelby GTS, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby 1000, Shelby Raptor muscle truck and hot hatch Shelby Focus ST.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2013 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350.

Though we’re pretty confident that the "Need for Speed" movie will hit theaters on schedule next March, in the event that it doesn’t, we can all take comfort in knowing that director Scott Waugh is taking the video game treatment to the cinema screens pretty seriously.

We already saw a "making-of" trailer of the movie a month ago, and now, more behind-the-scenes footage is propping up for our enjoyment.

This particular scene was apparently filmed in the streets of Detroit with the one-off Shelby GT500 Need For Speed Edition taking to the streets to put in some serious drift work ala those "Need for Speed" video games.

We already know that the Shelby GT500 also plays the role of the movie’s "hero car," which means that we expect it to last for the duration of the movie. The same can’t be said for some of the supercars that were used and abused in the "making-of" trailer.

As for this footage, it doesn’t last long, taking up only half-a-minute of your time. Yet in that short time frame, we’re treated to a pretty sick shot of the GT500 doing its business right in its hometown.

Needless to say, we can’t wait to see this movie come out.

Click past the jump to read about the Shelby GT500 Need for Speed Edition

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Though Ford decided not to offer any big unveilings at the 2013 New York Auto Show, Shelby American came with a tuning kit based on one of its pickups, the 2013 Ford SVT Raptor . The kit adds enhanced power and handling, and a specially designed exterior and interior.

Shelby installed a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger onto the standard 6.2-liter V-8 engine in the Raptor and a new Shelby Stinger exhaust system. As a result, the engine’s output jumps from the standard and already awesome 411 horsepower up to a total of 575 horsepower. The engine is mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox that transfers the power to all four wheels. Additionally, an "Off-Road" mode that calibrates the transmission, stability and traction control systems for optimal operation at high speeds off road.

The package includes a set of Shelby side fender heat extractors to keep the engine cool and make the truck look downright sweet. Also included for the exterior is your choice of one of three Shelby graphics packages – Traditional, Shelby Splash and Shelby Super Snake – so everyone knows that this isn’t any old SVT Raptor.

On the inside, the base kit comes with a custom interior that includes two-tone leather with contracting stitching, a serial numbered dashboard badge, and boost and fuel pressure gauges to make sure everything is within spec.

There are also a number of optional items you can add to the base kit, for a fee of course. First up is an optional set of customs wheels wrapped in 35-inch Goodrich All-Terrain tires, a Shelby roof-mounted light bar, front and rear Shelby-spec bumpers, a spare tire and bed-mounted spare tire carrier. More options are coming down the pipe soon.

The update package is priced starts at $17,995 – a relative bargain – and will be limited to only 100 units, so get to ordering.

Click here to see the full Shelby Raptor brochure.

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Last year at the New York Auto Show, Shelby American unveiled the 1000 as a celebration of the company’s 50th anniversary. The model got sold like hot cakes, so this year at the 2013 New York Auto Show, we are going to see an improved version of the model named 1000 S/C, which is essentially a GT500 with a double shot of car `roids.

Unlike the initial version, the new S/C delivers a total of 1,200 horsepower – a 250-horsepower increase over the previous 950 horsepower. This output is even more impressive when compared to the standard 662 horsepower level delivered by the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 - the model it is based on.

So how did Shelby almost double this output? You’ll have to come back next week if you want to find an answer to this question. We do know that Shelby yanked out the 5.8-liter V-8, stripped it to just a bare block and installed strengthened internals.

Along with the output increase, the new 1000 S/C also received an adjustable suspension, a performance cooling package, big brakes and, of course, a new set of wheels to roll on.

As usual, exclusivity comes with a huge price. The price for the upgrade goes up to an amazing $154,995, not including the base GT500 - which is priced at $54,650. There will be only 100 units built so you better hurry up!

We’ll bring you full details once Shelby release them.

Click past the jump to read Shelby’s press release

When Shelby announced that they were bringing two models to the 2013 Detroit Auto Show , a lot of us already penciled in that one of those models would be a custom-tuned Ford Mustang. The other one, however, was still subject to speculation with the front runner being some sort of derivative for Ford’s mighty sports hatch, the Focus ST .

True enough, those who thought it was the Focus ST were proven right when Shelby unveiled the Shelby Focus ST, a "budget-minded" performance vehicle for those who can’t afford the bigger and meaner Shelby Mustang.

Limited to only 500 units, the Shelby Focus ST is, as its name suggests, a souped-up Ford Focus ST that comes with a plethora of aesthetic and performance upgrades that’ll turn your already awesome sports hatch into one that has the stamp of approval from Shelby themselves.

Is the Shelby Focus ST all that it’s hyped up to be? Find out if it is - or isn’t - after the jump.

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake

The North American International Auto Show (aka the Detroit Auto Show ) is slowly creeping up and we are learning more each day about what is going to be at the show. We pretty much already know what the much-anticipated C7 Corvette will look like , thanks to the leaky pipes over at GM and our crack rendering team, and now Shelby has announced that it will be in on the fun.

Shelby has announced that two new vehicles will show up at the NAIAS and the first one will be a wide-body version of the 2013 Super Snake . That’s a pretty cool announcement in itself, but Shelby is keeping the second one under pretty tight wraps for now. The only information that it released about the second model is simply a quote from the late Carroll Shelby: “I think you’re going to see the industry going completely to small engines with turbochargers. That’s the only way you can get the mileage that the government is going to be demanding.”

From that quote, we can make out that the heavily guarded model will be a smaller-displacement, high-performance vehicle that will gain extra power from a turbocharger. So, this leaves us with a pair of potential scenarios. The cooler of the two would be a Mustang bearing a high-output four-cylinder or an EcoBoost V-6, which could be a preview of what to expect from the future Mustang SVO. The less awesome scenario would be a heavily tuned Focus or Fiesta ST.

We’re crossing our fingers that this will be a four-cylinder-equipped `Stang with some serious ponies, but we really don’t see any writing on the wall about which scenario will come true.

We’ll keep an eye on this situation and let you know as soon as we get some more info.

Galpin Auto Sports is taking its designation as an authorized Shelby Mod Shop seriously with a pair of programs for the exclusive Shelby GT500 . One of these programs was actually displayed as the Shelby show car at Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

It turns out that the program comes with plenty of modifications, highlighted by a wide-body kit and a power upgrade that turned the already powerful American muscle into a menacing ride. The first noticeable change made to the car was the installation of a wide-body kit that extends the muscle car’s body by 9 inches and the use of an "Aston Martin Morning Frost Pearl White" finish on the GT500’s body.

The color is then complemented by an interior that now sports a customized Crimson Red raised-grain leather interior that extends all the way to the trunk. If that isn’t enough, Galpin also installed a 7-Channel audio system that delivers an ear-popping output of 1,000 watts and was specifically built for this vehicle by McIntosh.

As far as performance goes, Galpin took care of that too, putting in a Ford Racing/Shelby supercharger that bumps the output from the muscle car’s 5.8-liter V8 engine to 750 horsepower from 650 ponies. Completing the extensive upgrade for the Shelby GT500 are Shelby 6-piston front and rear brake calipers, a Magnaflow Quad Exhaust, and last but not least, a Ford Racing Performance Suspension system.

Galpin Auto Sports holds the distinction of being a Shelby Mod Shop, which means that it’s been authorized to give a car like the 2013 Shelby GT500 Super Snake some aftermarket modifications.

And wouldn’t you know it; Galpin Auto Sports already has a program for the mighty American muscle car, one that carries exterior, interior, and performance modifications.

For starters, the distinctive exterior enhancements performed on the Shelby Super Snake include a fancy Candy Red paint to go along with Gloss White stripes. Adding some color to the muscle car certainly gives it a fresh vibe, especially when you take into account the rest of the upgrades it comes with.

The program also has a new fiberglass Shelby Super Snake hood, a new carbon-fiber front splitter, plenty of Super Snake badging, and a set of 20-inch matte-black forged-aluminum wheels wrapped in P285/35R20 performance tires. Inside, the notable changes include Recaro Sport leather-trimmed front bucket seats and a Shelby short-throw shifter.

Under the muscle car’s hood rests a Ford Racing/Whipple supercharger to go along with a new Borla exhaust and a Shelby Performance Cooling Package. The power reaches the rear wheels via a 3.31-to-1 gear ratio rear end with a Torsen limited-slip rear differential.

Improved handling was another key point, as Galpin did its part by installing an Eibach coil-over suspension and sway bar kit, Wilwood brake kit, Bilstein adjustable dampers and Shelby aluminum Watts Link rear suspension.

Here at TopSpeed, Heffner Performance is better known for its twin-turbo packages offered for models like Lamborghini Gallardo or Audi R8 V10 . But now the tuner has announced a twin turbo package based on the famous Shelby Cobra .

Heffner began the program by simply teasing us with a massive engine on its Facebook page asking us to guess what it went in. The following day, Heffner showed us the beautiful Cobra body that it was going in. Unfortunately, the package is far from complete, but we do have bits of information and some rather sexy images.

This Cobra package will be developed during the winter and we’ll likely see the final draft sometime in the spring of 2013. Since the tuner will offer hasn’t offered up any other details, we can only speculate on what the beautiful powerplant in the Cobra’s engine bay will produce. Judging from previous packages we have seen from Heff, we expect the new Cobra Twin Turbo to deliver somewhere around 750 horsepower.

We’re in direct contact with Heffner, so we will get information lightning fast, once Heff releases it. So, stay tuned for more info!

In early 2012, Ford unveiled the very cool Shelby 1000 , a special edition Mustang delivering an amazing 950 HP. Following that reveal, David Yurman released a series of limited edition timepieces to commemorate the unveiling of the Shelby 1000. Now both the car and the watch are featured in this new video released by Yurman.

This video was released to celebrate American Iconic designer, Carroll Shelby, as well as to introduce the fantastic timepiece that was created to coincide with the powerful machine Shelby built. The watch is limited to 300 units and features a 43.5mm stainless steel and rubber case, which houses the Swiss automatic chronograph Valjoux 7753 movement. A tachymeter is engraved on the bezel, allowing the wearer to log lap times with ease and the iconic Shelby Cobra insignia is hand-finished and applied to the multi-layer galvanic dial, which is accentuated by vertical, guilloche racing stripes.

The Ford Shelby Mustang 1000 is powered by a 5.4 liter V8 engine that has received new connecting rods, a new crank, and new pistons. The team also upgraded the cooling and exhaust, replaced the supercharger, and gas flowed the heads. These changes result in an impressive 950 HP in the road-legal version and an even more impressive 1,100 for the track version.

Whether you’re watching the video to take a look at the limited timepiece or to listen to the glorious sounds of the highly-modified V8, this video will definitely be worth your while.


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