To celebrate 50 years since Carroll Shelby created the Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT350R back in 1965, Ford has announced that the initial run of the recently introduced Shelby cars will be severely limited in production. For the 2015 model year, Ford will only build 100 examples of the Shelby GT350 Mustang and just 37 versions of the track-ready Shelby GT350R.

Of the 100 GT350s that will be built for 2015, half will come with the Technology Package and the other half will be equipped with the Track Package. As for the GT350R, the 37 units isn’t just a random number. This number correlates with the 37 GT350Rs that Carroll Shelby is said to have built in 1965. According to Ford, Shelby himself claimed to have built two prototypes and 35 production models, but it goes on to say that existing records tend to show that only 34 production units were made.

The excitement behind the new GT350 and GT350R models is the powerful flat-plane-crank V-8 that was developed for these cars. Although Ford has not released official power output figures, the special 5.2-liter V-8 promises to deliver more than 500 horsepower and peak torque above 400 pound-feet.

Both models go on sale this fall, but Ford has yet to reveal pricing details.

Continue reading to learn more about the Shelby GT350 and GT350R.

Why it matters

This limited production for the commemorative model year will surely make the 2015 Shelby GT350 and 2015 Shelby GT350R instant collector items. Ford has not announced production plans for either car beyond the 2015 model year.

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2015 Ford Shelby GT350R Mustang

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Press Release

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350, Ford will build a limited run of Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs for 2015.

The original Shelby GT350, introduced in 1965, established Mustang’s performance credentials on racetracks around the world. The all-new Shelby GT350, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, re-establishes Mustang as a world-class sports car.

Only 100 Shelby GT350 models will feature a 2015 model year designation before production switches over to 2016. Of these, 50 will be equipped with the Technology Package and 50 equipped with the Track Package.

“Fans of the Shelby brand are among the most passionate in the automotive industry,” said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager. “To honor the passion of our fans for Shelby GT350’s 50th anniversary, a limited run of GT350 models will be built in 2015; these cars will be highly coveted by both Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts alike.”

2015 Shelby GT350R: Celebrating 50 years of a pony car legend
In 1965, Carroll Shelby developed and sold an FIA-homologated Mustang called the Shelby GT350 competition model. This race-ready Mustang took to tracks around the world, competing in the most prestigious races and against the stiffest competition there was. In addition to winning the Sports Car Club of America’s B Production national championship in 1965, 1966 and 1967, the car entered races throughout South America and Europe, including the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans.

There is heated debate among Shelby enthusiasts over how many 1965 GT350 competition models were built during the extremely limited production run. While Carroll Shelby insisted two prototype cars and 35 production models were built, most records show only 34 production models received serial numbers from the Shelby production facility.

For 2015, Ford will make sure there is no confusion about the number of GT350R models constructed; 37 cars will be built in Carroll Shelby’s memory.

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