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By 1968, the Ford Mustang had already become one of the most popular cars in the United States. Affordable, available in three different body styles and with a bevy of inline-six and V-8 engines, Ford ’s pony was enjoying tremendous success. The arrival of the beefed-up Shelby Mustang and its many versions only made things better, but Ford and Carroll Shelby Shelby felt the pony could become even more impressive. Their dream came true in April 1968, when a brand-new version of the 428 Police Interceptor engine was fitted with improved-breathing heads and larger exhaust manifolds, giving birth to the 428 Cobra Jet. The mill quickly found its way into the Shelby GT500 , which became the GT500 KR or "King of the Road". Officially rated at 335 horsepower, but actually powered by no less than 400 ponies and 440 pound-feet of torque, the King gained iconic status almost immediately.

The moniker was discontinued for the 1969 model year, only a few months before Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford. The GT500 KR nameplate returned exactly 40 years later on the fifth-generation Mustang, this time adorning a 540-horsepower muscle car that was motivated by a 5.4-liter V-8. After all of these years, the first-generation GT500 KR is as formidable as it’s always been, but its statute and value have grown considerably in the eyes of muscle-car aficionados and collectors alike.

Updated 07/23/2014: A very rare Mustang GT 500 KR is being offered by RK Motors Charlotte for a price of $189,900. Click past the jump for more details.

Click past the jump to read more about the 1968 Shelby GT500 KR

The Gumball 3000 is an exciting thing to be a part of , but when you get hundreds of nice cars together to go on a 3,000-mile road trip, there is bound to be some carnage and general mayhem . Sadly that often means that one of the cool and valuable cars entered in the rally will not be going home in one piece. That story rings true for this modified Shelby Cobra .

The car is said to be good for 800 horsepower, and it looked downright menacing with its matte-black vinyl wrap. At some point during what looks like the UK leg of the trip, the Cobra was involved in an accident that ripped most of the car’s front end clean off. Most of the suspension, wheels and body work are completely missing in the photos gathered by GT Spirit. There is no information on the cause of the crash, but thankfully it appears that all those involved are safe.

The car itself was a 1966 model and as entry number 113, it was the official car from Battery Energy Drink, one of the main sponsors of this year’s rally.

Epic road trips are lots of fun, I love them , but it is important to remember to keep it safe out there. Especially when piloting an 800-horsepower hot rod with no roof.

Click past the jump to read more about the Shelby Cobra.

Source: GT Spirit

It was only my second day of the Gumball 3000 festivities, but this was the first official day of the Rally. There is an entire collection of famous faces, blistering-fast cars and hundreds of miles for us to traverse.

As the morning started, we lined our car up on the starting grid with hundreds of other machines to get ready for the start of the Rally. Xzibit has been a large presence in the Gumball 3000 for many years now. He did not drivie in this year’s event, so he was asked to see every car off the line by waving the official Gumball flag to start the rally.

Other famous faces at the start line included Richard Rawlings from Gas Monkey Garage , and of course Deadmau5 is here in his “Purrari” 458 Spyder with Tori Belleci of the MythBusters as his co-driver.

When the Team AnastasiaDate Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder set off the line we all piled into our Mercedes Sprinter chase vehicle and our journey had begun. Time to head to Atlanta.

Read on to find out more about my second day on the Gumball 3000 Rally

Jay Leno has all of the fun, sans his twice being ousted from the Tonight Show, as he sees and drives some of the most amazing cars in the world. This time around, he got a crack at a Brock Coupe .

It shouldn’t be a surprise if this wedge-nosed beast looks a little familiar toy you, as it is the only licensed continuation of the legendary Shelby Daytona Coupe . That’s right, kiddies, this ain’t no kit car right here... This is car has been given the stamp of approval by Carol Shelby himself.

Only about 130 of these continuation cars are known to exist today, so this is certainly one of the rarest models available in the U.S. And this one is even more special, as it was once bought by Shelby, slathered in racing decals from the Shelby Daytona car and put in the Shelby museum in Las Vegan with no engine.

Bruce Goldsmith snagged up the car, got it licensed, then started tearing into it to make it the monster that it is today.

Check out the above video to see what Jay has to say about it.

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The Shelby Cobra went into production in 1961 and only three years later, Shelby unveiled an FIA version of the car which competed in the 1964 World Manufacturers Championship series. Now, 50 years later, Shelby American is celebrating this great model with the unveiling of a special 50th anniversary model called the CSX7000.

This special Cobra is offered exclusively in Viking Blue with Arctic White FIA stripes and roundels. The interior is trimmed in black combined with special billet anniversary badges and a variety of additional options are offered exclusively at customer’s request.

The new Shelby 289 CSX7000 is limited to only 50 units with prices starting from $94,995 for fiberglass-bodied models and $159,995 for aluminum-bodied models. For both versions prices do not include a drivetrain. Shelby American will show off the CSX7000 this weekend at the Barrett-Jackson Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Click past the jump to read more about the Shelby 289 FIA Cobra CSX7000 50th Anniversary.

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The 2015 Ford Mustang was unveiled to the world recently, when Ford showed the pony car to public at launch events that took place at multiple locations around the globe. Ford now plans to expand in to new territories and that includes right-hand-drive markets, like England, Australia and Japan.

The iconic Ford Mustang does have an international fan base, therefore we weren’t taken by surprised to hear that the Mustang would venture outside of the U.S.

At the unveiling, Ford showed us the standard 2015 Mustang along with the 2015 Ford Mustang GT . Like we’ve said before, the styling is simply gorgeous, and we love the way Ford designers have incorporated certain design cues from the classic Mustang into this modern reincarnation.

The gills from the original return in the form of daytime running lights, while the triple-bar taillights are now more three dimensional to the naked eye. With the basic models well outlined, folks are now curious to learn about more power-packed versions of the pony car.

Well, that wait is nearing an end, as today an insider revealed a demo promo order system on dealer-side computer software, which clearly shows a Shelby GT350. This means that though the GT350 will likely return as a dealer-direct package, as opposed to a Shelby aftermarket add-on package. Short of the name, the screen grab doesn’t reveal much else.

To date, Ford has remained mum about the whole thing, as it could be preparing for yet another big event to launch the first of the Shelby cars based on the 2015 Ford Mustang .

Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Ford Mustang GT

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We are about to witness the birth of a “brand-new” Mustang , as Ford will reveal the new "Pony car" to world on December 5, 2013. A new era in the glorious history the Mustang will begin with the launch of the sixth-generation Mustang.

One name that can never be forgotten and has ever since been attached with all things Mustang is Shelby . We bet Carol Shelby would’ve been glad to add his personal touches on the new model. Having said that, Shelby American has just announced a range of performance upgrades for the 2014 Ford Mustang , giving the fifth-generation Mustang the sendoff that it deserves.

The latest set of upgrade will allow customers to experience first hand, the expertise of the legendary Carroll Shelby in performance tuning a muscle car that he dedicated his life’s work for.

Click past the jump for detailed information on the upgrades from Shelby

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If you haven’t seen Rush just yet, you still have time get a chance to. In the mean time, you can start daydreaming about another flick that includes an icon in the automotive industry: Carroll Shelby .

Apparently the new movie, titled "Go Like Hell," has in pre-production since 2011, and it will tell the story of the battle between Ford and Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the 1960s.

The new movie will be based on the 2009 book "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and their Battle For Speed and Glory at Le Mans" by A.J. Baime. He is an editor for Playboy Magazine, and managed to write the book based on some extensive interviews with Lloyd Ruby, Mario Andretti and Carol Shelby.

The initial details on the movie suggest that Tom Cruise will play the role of Carroll Shelby in the upcoming movie. Michael Mann and Brad Pitt were also associated with the role, but Cruise was chosen because of his role in another auto-racing movie — "Days Of Thunder" — back in 1990.

We have no other details on the movie, but if the movie gets the final "OK" from the studio, we expect it to arrive sometime in 2015.

Click past the jump to watch Cruise in action in Days Of Thunder.

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Okay, so we all loved the Ford F-150 SVT Lightning from the 1990s and 2000s, but it was never really a useful truck. You couldn’t take it off-road; well, we’ll rephrase that to you shouldn’t have tried taking it off-road; and it wasn’t much for towing either. So, it was basically a sports car with a bed...

After discontinuing the SVT Lightning, following its 2004 run, Ford went to task developing a new SVT pickup that was everything the Lightning wasn’t. And now we have the SVT Raptor : a jacked up F-150 with up to 12.1 inches of suspension travel, a snarling V-8 engine with 411 horsepower, and likely one of the best-balanced four-wheel-drive systems in a pickup.

Well, being car lovers, what else could we ask for? For Shelby to get its tuning hands on this beast it push it to extremes so obscene that the FCC is investigating it, of course — 575 horsepower, to be precise, thanks to a supercharger and some other tasty bits. Unfortunately, Shelby is limiting this supercharged, baja monster to only 100 units, so you’d better get to buying before supply runs out.

For those of you that can’t swing the $60k-plus required to own this Shelby-tuned pickup, World’s Fastest Car Show from Motor Trend has a test video (above) that at least sheds some light on what you’re missing out on.

You know as well as we do that Justin Bell wouldn’t take the Shelby down a six-lane highway in Southern Cali and tell us how smooth it runs. Rather, he opted to thrash the Shelby SVT Raptor in a more fitting manner by taking it to the Vegas Off-Road Experience (VORE) and gave it the hammering that Shelby intended it to have. We’re not too sure if Shelby saw the video yet, but It either loved the fact that it got a good workout and video evidence of its performance, or it billed Mr. Bell for the massive wear and tear on the suspension, tires, engine and brakes.

Either way, at least we get a nice look at this rare Shelby rig. Enjoy!

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

At some point in time, the Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible will be a collector’s piece that will likely cost a pretty penny, especially if it’s the last ever produced.

But that’s well into the future, probably decades away from now.

At the present time, though, the final 2014 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible still commanded plenty of attention at the recent Hot August Nights Auction presented by Barrett-Jackson. The whole auction was a resounding success with total sales numbers eclipsing $14.2 million.

As expected, the biggest contributor to that total was the final 2014 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible, accounting for $500,000 when the hammer fell on its auction. That may seem like a steep price to pay for a car that routinely costs at a little over a tenth of the price that this unique model fetched in the auction.

That being said, nobody else can lay claim to owning the last ever produced Shelby Mustang GT500 and besides, as the last of the lot, the winning owner now has the opportunity to completely customize the car to its full bloom.

At some point in the future, this model could very well be worth way more than the half-a-million the winning bidder paid for the right to own it.

Click past the jump to read about the 2013 Shelby Mustang GT500 Convertible


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