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The Shelby Mustang is a high performance variant of the Ford Mustang built from 1965 through 1970. Following the introduction of the Fifth-generation Ford Mustang the Shelby nameplate was revived in 2007 for new high performance versions of the Mustang.

1965-1970 GT350 and GT500


These cars are properly not called "Cobras", which was the Ford-powered AC-based two-seat sports car also produced by Carroll Shelby during the same period. The confusion arises from the optional "Cobra" valve covers on many GT350s, part of a marketing tie-in by Shelby. All 1965-66 cars featured the "K" code 271 hp 289, modified to produce 306 hp.1965-66 GT350s were delivered by Ford as "bodies in white" for modification by Carroll Shelby's operation, originally in Venice Beach and later at Los Angeles International Airport.

All 1965 GT350s were painted Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue rocker stripes. Contrary to popular belief, very few GT350s were delivered with the optional "Le Mans" hood, roof, and trunk stripes, an option which was usually installed by the dealer. Today it's difficult to find a GT350 not so equipped. 1965 cars had the battery relocated to the trunk, featured underrider traction bars, relocated A-arms, and other modifications.

1966 saw the introduction of non-white colors — including blue, red, green and black. Other changes include special quarter-panel windows replacing the factory extractor vents, non-functional brake scoops on each side and optional automatic transmissions, as well as the addition of an optional Paxton supercharger. The battery was no longer relocated to the trunk for 1966, and the underrider traction bars were discontinued. A fold-down rear seat was now standard. Where early 1965 cars had black engine blocks, 1966 and later cars had the 289 engine painted blue. The first 252 GT-350s for 1966 were "carry-over" cars. They had the 1965 Ford Mustang Bodies and 1965 Ford Mustang serial numbers under their Shelby serial numbers. They had mostly 1965 features including standard Koni shock absorbers and engines painted black. Blue engines did not appear in 1966 until after these 252 "carry-over" models were produced. 1966 production was 1373 fastbacks, including two prototypes and four drag cars, and 252 "carry-over" models with Ford Mustang 1965 bodies. 1001 Hertz fastbacks were produced, including two prototypes. Four convertibles were also produced, for a total of 2378 units for 1966.

Shelby struck a deal with the Hertz Corporation to produce a special line of GT350s for rent which were subsequently sold to the public after their rental-car lives were finished. These "GT350H" cars are sought-after today, with some examples selling for more than $200,000. Shelby produced 1000 of these cars: 800 in Raven Black, and 50 each in Candy Apple Red, Wimbledon White, Sapphire Blue and Ivy Green. All Hertz cars featured gold LeMans stripes and rocker panel stripes. Early Hertz cars were available with four-speed manual transmissions until so many cars were returned from rental with burned and broken clutch assemblies that all of the later cars shipped to Hertz were equipped with an automatic transmission. There are stories, possibly apocryphal, that many were rented to use as production class cars at SCCA events, returned with different engines, holes where roll bars had been welded in, etc., etc.

1965-66 GT350s were successful racers, and had many production-class victories.

Production numbers: GT350 — 2,380 units (four were special order convertibles for Carroll Shelby, the rumor is that six were made, but only four VINs have been discovered).


For 1967, the GT 350 carried over the "K" code high performance 289 with a COBRA aluminum hi-rise and 715 cfm Holley carb. The GT 500 was added to the lineup, equipped with the 428 Police Interceptor. These later cars carried over few of the performance modifications of the 1965-66 GT350s, although they did feature more cosmetic changes. A highly modified 1967 Shelby GT500 was featured in the remake of "Gone in 60 Seconds", replacing the 1973 Mustang Mach 1 in the original. In September 1967, production was moved to the A.O. Smith Company of Ionia, Michigan, under Ford control. Shelby had very little involvement after this time. As Shelby's two-seat Cobra sports car production ended in 1967, the Cobra name was applied to Shelby Mustangs for the first time in 1968. In February 1968, the GT500KR "King of the Road" debuted; under the hood was a 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet V8 which was conservatively rated at . Due to a production strike, some early 1968 GT500's had a 390 cubic-inch V8.


Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford in the summer of 1969. The GT350 and GT500 for the 1969–70 model years received extensive face lifts, the body alone increasing in length by . Ford was heavily involved with design and style decisions, with Shelby having very little input. The GT350 was now equipped with a 351 cubic-inch V8. Production of Shelby Mustangs ceased with the 1970 model year. The 1970 models were in fact left over 1969 models.

2006-2007 Shelby GT-H and 2007-2008 Shelby GT

Mustang Shelby GT-H
Ford introduced the Shelby GT-H version of the Mustang at the 2006 New York Auto Showmarker. Like the original GT350H from 1966, the GT-H featured gold-on-black paint and was only available at the Hertz car rental agency. A modest power bump over the regular Mustang GT V-8 engine. Features included a 5-speed automatic transmission, and a package from Ford Racing including a 90 mm cold air intake kit, X-pipe, special performance suspension, and Ford Racing "GTA" axle-back mufflers. Only 500 cars were built to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original Shelby GT350H. For 2007, a convertible version of the GT-H was offered for rental at Hertz.

The 4.6 liter, 281-cubic-inch, Ford Shelby GT slots between the Mustang GT and the Ford Shelby GT500. It is essentially a retail sale version of the Hertz rental-only Ford Shelby GT-H, except a manual transmission is available. Other differences include the deletion of the rear spoiler, a retro Shelby hood scoop in place of the CS6/8 Shelby hood, and silver versus the gold stripes, with the car available in either white or black in 2007 and Grabber Orange or Vista Blue for 2008. A very limited number (100) Barrett Jackson Shelby GTs were built in 2008 that were black with red stripes. The Hertz Shelby GT-H attracted so much attention that Ford dealers and customers asked for a version of their own. Like the GT-H, the Shelby GT is modified at Shelby Automotive's factory in Las Vegas, which distinguishes the GT-H and Shelby GT models from the GT500 in that the GT500's are produced entirely in Flat Rock, MI by Ford Motor Company.

2008 Barrett-Jackson Shelby GT (2007)

It is a limited (100 units) version of Shelby GT coupe and convertible, named after the Barrett-Jackson auction. It includes black exterior with "Barrett-Jackson Red" LeMans Hood and Side Stripes, Barrett Jackson Edition door sill plates, black interior with the Shelby GT serial number plate, special gas cap insert, autographed photo of Carroll Shelby, Craig Jackson, Amy Boylan and Steve Davis.

The vehicle was unveiled in Arizona International Auto Show.

Production version were sold in Arizona Region Ford dealers with MSRP of US$38,980.00 (including $250 donation to the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation).

Shelby Automobiles versions

At the request of owners a number of Shelby GTs are being modified in various ways by Shelby Automobiles in Las Vegas. One of these modifications results in a model known as the Shelby GT/SC (Supercharged). A large number of add-ons can be had including the "Super Snake" brakes and larger wheels and tires which are necessary to accommodate these brakes. Additionally there are three different available superchargers, again installed by Shelby Automobiles or authorized Shelby Mod Shop, that can increase rated horsepower to 500 or more. Only modifications completed by Shelby Mod Shops will be recognized by the official Shelby Registry.


Production of the Shelby GT began in December 2006 and the car went on sale in January 2007. It was originally planned that up to 6000 cars would be built. However, with final numbers as of this date still not in, they are expected to be slightly less than this amount. As of this date the following approximate number of 2007 Shelby GT's is known;

2007 Shelby GT Production Numbers

Total Cars: 5,632

White Auto: 491White Man: 1,768Total White: 2,259

Black Auto: 508Black Man: 2,865Total Black: 3,373

As of this date the production numbers for the 2008 cars has not been announced. A Shelby Registry is being prepared and finalized by Shelby Automobiles, Inc. which will post the official numbers.


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2007-present Ford Shelby GT500

Shelby and Ford returned for the 2007 model year with the Shelby GT500. Introduced at the 2003 New York International Auto Showmarker, the GT500 uses a 5.4 L (330 CID) Modular supercharged V8. Features include the Tremec TR-6060 6-speed manual transmission, suspension tuning, a body kit, and 18 inch wheels.

Deliveries of the Shelby GT500 began in May 2006.

A collaboration of Ford's Special Vehicle Team (SVT) and Carroll Shelby, the GT500 will be produced in limited quantity for three years (approximately 10,000 units per year) on the line at Ford's Flat Rock, Michigan (AutoAlliance) assembly facility.

2010 Shelby GT500

2010 Shelby GT500

For 2010, the Shelby GT500 Mustang was redesigned, inside and out, with the standard Ford Mustang, giving it a sleeker and more modern look. The Ford Special Vehicles Team (SVT), used the 2008 GT500KR as the starting point, and built upon its already impressive performance. The interior boasts vastly upgraded quality. Along with the design changes, the GT500 gets an increase in power to and of torque. SVT also set out to give the new GT500 better handling, aerodynamic profile for high speed stability and efficiency. The 2010 GT500's fuel efficiency has therefore increased by 2 miles per gallon.Like the Dodge Viper and Chevy Corvette, the GT500 is sometimes considered a supercar, due to its high horsepower rating. A fairer description though would be an evolution of the 1960s musclecars, into a high performance grand tourer (GT).

2008-2009 Ford Shelby GT500KR

The Ford Shelby GT500KR, revealed at the 2007 New York International Auto Showmarker, was released in the spring of 2008. The car is powered by a 540 horsepower 5.4-liter (330 CID) supercharged V-8 Racing Power Upgrade Pack. SVT and Shelby announced that 1,000 40th Anniversary Editions will be built for the U.S. in 2008, with another 571 units in 2009. This 1,571 production run matches that of the original 1968 GT500KR. In total, 1,746 units will be produced, with the extra 175 units going to other markets.

The Shelby GT500KR features a carbon composite hood with scoops and hood pins, a lowered front air dam, and Brembo brand front brakes with functional cooling ducts. The suspension has been modified and tuned by Shelby Automobiles and Ford Racing including unique spring rates, dampers, stabilizer bars, and strut tower brace, all designed specifically for the KR.

The 2008/9 GT500KR draws on styling cues from the classic 1968 "King of the Road" GT500KR model, and the 2008 model includes "40th Anniversary" badging; both years will have availability of standard GT500 colors with "LeMans" stripes, and Carroll Shelby signature embroidered seats. The GT500KR's starting price was $79,995.The quintessential version of the 2008 GT500KR was the silver painted model with Vista Blue "LeMans" stripes.This was the scheme featured on the U.S. car show circuit.

The GT500KR is featured prominently in the new Knight Rider television series on NBC. One of the main characters of the show is KITT, an advanced Artificial Intelligence housed in a GT500KR. Also, in the return of the show, KARR is also a GT500KR.


  • Front engine, RWD, 4-passenger, 2-door coupe
  • Supercharged DOHC 32 valve V8 engine
  • 330 CID (5408 cc) displacement
  • Power: 540 hp (410 kW) (547 PS)
  • Torque: .
  • 6-speed manual transmission
  • 3.73 differential ratio
  • 18 x 9.5" Alcoa wheels on Goodyear F1 tires (front: P255/45ZR18 rear: 285/40/ZR18)
  • Tuned suspension by Shelby and Ford Racing
  • curb weight
  • wheelbase
  • 188×73.9×54.5 in (4.78×1.88×1.38 m)
  • Weight .
  • Top Speed: 195mph (315km/h)


  • 0-60 mph (0–97 km/h): 3.9-4.3
  • 1/4 mile: 11.92s @ 120 mph (11.58 @ on drag radials)

Super Snake

A 2007 Super Snake
Starting in 2008, previous 2007 Shelby GT500 Mustangs could be sent to Carroll Shelby's Special Performance Plant in Las Vegas Nevada to be rebuilt into a Super Snake, for an additional cost of $27,995. The Super Snake will offer a (at the engine) 5.4L Eaton TVS supercharged version with warranty. A Kenne Bell twin-screw supercharged version with "over 725 hp" will also be available, without warranty and a 0-60 [mph] 3.5seconds-3.7seconds. The Super Snake is inspired by the 1967 GT500 Super Snake, a car made by Carroll Shelby for Goodyear Tires.

The Super Snake also comes with a variety of other performance, handling and cosmetic changes including badging, gauge pod, 20" Alcoa wheels, fibreglass ram-air Super Snake hood, stripes, carbon fiber front splitter and skirts, larger 6-piston Baer brakes, front and rear brake cooling ducts, complete track setup suspension, aluminum driveshaft, 3.73 differential gears and cat-back exhaust system.

As a side note, a Shelby Super Snake was the winner of Season 2 of BullRun on Speed Channel.

Prudhomme Edition Super Snake (2009-)

It is a limited (100 units) drag racing package for 2007-2010 Ford Shelby GT500 cars, named after Don Prudhomme. The engine is rated 800hp on race fuel or 750hp on 93 octane pump gas. It includes a Kenne Belle supercharger and modified air intake sticking out of the hood in the tilt front end, a five-point Impact safety harness and a Borla side exhaust system, front and rear adjustable BMR racing suspension and drag tires with optional street tires, side lower rockers are incorporated.

The package has MSRP of $100,000 (not including car).

The Prudhomme concept car went on sale in 2009 Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction. The vehicle was sold with winning bid price of $275,000US (before buyer premium).

Shelby Terlingua

The Terlingua Racing Team package for the V6 Ford Mustang includes performance enhancements and modified cosmetic details. The hot rod features significant improvements to the handling and braking capabilities that were developed with partners like Ford Racing; an optional supercharger(by Paxton/Vortech) will crank out about 375 horsepower at 6psi. The coupe sports a deep draw hood, 20” anthracite “Razor” wheels and a host styling changes including the famous Terlingua rabbit "Lucifer". The package will be applied, with a Shelby serial number, by Shelby Automobiles in Las Vegas or one of our official factory mod shops. Terlingua Mustangs are available either as complete automotbiles, or as modifications of customer-owned vehicles.[86808]


Collision replacement parts

When a Shelby GT500KR owner discovered many collision replacement parts were very expensive, a replacement hood costing $18,400, the owner aired his displeasure on the web. That initial report has since touched off a firestorm in the online Shelby community, with the issue spreading to numerous forums and chat rooms. Jim Owens from Shelby Automobiles claimed that the part in question was the only full carbon-fiber production hood available in a U.S. vehicle that has gone through the same exhaustive certification procedure as any other OEM product, and there was no surcharge applied because of the part's exclusivity. However, after the negative feedback, the hood's price was lowered to $9,700, and the prices of remaining carbon fiber components were under review, including skullcaps and splitters.
 Another issue was Shelby's demand for the old parts back.

After two attempts to acquire an undamaged hood (the first hood was shipped in a cardboard box without adequate padding and as a result was damaged) another hood was shipped after weeks of phone calls to Shelby, Ford and conference calls between the two entities. It was also found the cost of the hood was closer to the original estimate. The hood was actually $12,610, $1,245 for shipping and insurance, with taxes, brought the grand total to almost $16,000.

Unique Performance

In 2002, Carroll Shelby sold a license to a company called Unique Performance in Farmers Branch, Texasmarker, to produce the GT500E, a Shelby based on the "Eleanor" 1967 GT500 featured prominently in the 2000 movie Gone in Sixty Seconds, starring Nicolas Cage. Other new Shelbys followed, including the GT350SR and GT500SR. Each of these new Shelbys is given a Shelby VIN and all are eligible for inclusion in the Shelby American World Registry.

On October 5, 2007 Shelby's licensing branch announced it has taken steps to sever the relationship with Unique Performance after numerous complaints and several lawsuits filed by customers who had paid money for "Continuation" Shelby GT-350SRs and GT-500Es (Eleanors) but not received cars.

On November 1, 2007, Unique Performance was raided by the Farmers Branch Police Department due to VIN irregularities and subsequently declared bankruptcy, which effectively ended the Shelby continuation "Eleanor" production.

See also


  1. The 2007 Shelby Mustang
  2. Totally Meta: 2008 Barrett-Jackson Shelby GT unveiled
  3. Shelby Autos Announces 800 Horsepower Drag Racing Package for GT500 Super Snake with Don Prudhomme
  4. Shelby unleashes 750-horsepower GT500 Super Snake Prudhomme Edition
  5. Barrett-Jackson and Shelby Autos to Auction the 800 HP Prudhomme Edition GT500 Super Snake Concept Car
  6. Barrett-Jackson and Shelby Autos to Auction the 800 HP Prudhomme Edition GT500 Super Snake Concept Car
  7. Barrett-Jackson Lot: 711 - 2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake Prudhomme Edition
  8. Shelby lowering price of $20k GT500KR hood after web outrage erupts
  9. GT500KR: Can you afford to fix this car?
  10. History of Carroll Shelby
  11. Unique Performance raided by local police

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