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Oil barons chuckle and while most of us cringe at gas making the $4 gallon mark. Studies and announcements are abound that climbing fuel prices are herding people like sheep into buying compact cars. So where do gas-suckers like the Shelby GT500 fit in?
Right where they did every other year, at least according to Shelby American president John Luft who confirmed in an interview with Mustangs Daily that the Snake-bearing ‘Stang will remain in the coming Mustang generation.
Mustang enthusiasts will probably appreciate a visit to the Ford website if they haven’t already taken one recently thanks to the new Shelby GT500 configurator going live.
While playing dress-up with the man-beast of a muscle car is a far cry from actually feeling the 650 hp it has on tap, you can get a good idea of what options are available, how they will look and what it will cost. We resisted the temptation to deck our car out in AutoGuide colors, partially because the matte black rims look great matching, but also because the new taillights are gorgeous next to the paint noire.
With a starting price of $54,200, the updated super ‘Stang is $5,390 more expensive than the model it replaces, though that price also brings a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 compared to the outgoing 5.4-liter version. WIth that extra displacement, drivers get an extra 100 hp.
Optioned out, the top-tier price tag comes in at $66,485, which includes a Shelby-branded car cover among other fancy options.
Head on over to the configurator to have a little customizable fun for yourself.
GALLERY: 2013 Ford Shelby GT500
Perhaps the most important figure regarding the upcoming 2013 Shelby GT500 is its top speed of 200 mph. Best of all the figures on the car however is Ford has announced that this Mustang could be yours for a “mere” $54,995.
A sharp increase of $6,000 over last year’s model, it’s also slightly more than the new Camaro ZL1, which is priced at $54,095.
A larger 5.8-liter V8 engine and a bigger supercharger gives the 2013 GT500 an increase of 100-hp over the out-going 2012 model. Other components joining the powerplant include a new six-speed manual transmission, carbon fiber driveshaft, clutch, and a new final drive real axle with 3.31:1 ratio.
Also available on the GT500 is the new Performance Pack which offers SVT/Bilstein electronically adjustable shocks and a Torsen limited-slip differential. Finally, an optional Track Pack adds an extra engine oil cooler, rear differential cooler and a transmission cooler to manage the sustained high temperatures during a track day.
Despite the absence of rear independent suspension, there’s no denying that the 2013 Shelby GT500 is a complete and well thought out package. Start keeping your eyes peeled for 2013 GT500′s at Standing Mile events starting this summer.
PowerBlock TV will be putting the Factory Five Mk4 Roadster to the test against the original 427 Shelby Cobra. In celebration of that, they are also doing a sweepstakes with the winner getting themselves a do-it-yourself Factory Five Mk4 Roadster kit.
The lucky sweepstakes winner will get an Mk4 chassis and suspension package from Factory Five, a Ford 5.0-liter Coyote powerplant with a six-speed transmission, $5,000 in tools and shop equipment from Matco Tools and Summit Racing Equipment, Weld Racing wheels, Falken Tires and goodies like Royal Purple lubricants. The complete package has an estimated retail value of over $50,000.
PowerBlockTV calls it the ultimate do-it-yourself package. Nothing would be better than having someone essentially sponsor you to build an Mk4 Cobra replica. Click here to enter.
The Shelby Series 1 originally came out in 1999 and was heralded as the only vehicle designed and built from the ground up by Carroll Shelby and his company. Now one of the late production Shelby 1 vehicles produced in 2005 can be yours with just 451-miles on the odometer and a price tag of $129,900.
The Series 1 was developed as a descendant of the legendary Cobra, featuring carbon fiber construction, race-inspired suspension components and a new-age Oldsmobile 4.0L V8 powerplant with 320-hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. The result is a one-of-a-kind sports car that goes 0-60 mph in just 4.4-seconds and runs a 12-second quarter mile time and a top speed of 170-mph.
Suspension wise, Shelby’s Series 1 features coilover shocks and independent rear suspension. Impressively, brakes come from a Chevrolet C5 Corvette, while Shelby outfits each corner with their custom three-piece wheels in a staggered 18×10-inch and 18×12-inch setup.
Inside, the Series 1 is pure luxury with deep leather bucket seats and a custom dash with some off-the-shelf GM components. Even though it carries quite a hefty price tag, it’s a small price to pay for a very rare and perfect piece of machinery.
Check out a video highlighting this collector’s car after the break.
GALLERY: 1999 Shelby Series I
[Source: RK Motors]
The 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 might not have the wedge shape of a European supercar, but its 202 mph top speed puts it in a rareified world of hand-built Italian exotics.
SVT engineer Jamal Hameedi told MustangsDaily that the GT500 recorded a top speed of 202 mph during testing, thanks to the improved power figures and some apparent aerodynamic changes. Hameedi also said that while Ford was doing suspension testing at the famed Nurburgring, they didn’t record any times for the GT500, avoiding the typical Nurburgring bragging rights contest that so many automakers fall prey to.
Whoever said money can’t buy happiness obviously never had a Shelby Cobra and an empty living room.
The exact reason for this extreme level of hoonage isn’t known. Maybe the bank foreclosed on his house. Maybe, as one YouTube commented speculates, the talented driver in question just went through a divorce: he got the car, she go the house.
Either way, this is one of those occasions where words just won’t do, so watch the video after the jump:
However, if you have the means, you can possibly own two concept cars shown by Ford in the last decade. We are talking about the 2001 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster Concept and the 2004 Ford Shelby GR-1 Concept.
Both these vehicles will be presented by RM Auctions at their upcoming event held in Monterey, CA. on August 19th.
Proceeds from the sale will go towards the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, a charity Ford has supported over the years.
As for the cars, while the Thunderbird Sports Roadster concept is a functioning vehicle, the Shelby GR-1 is just a rolling platform. While the GR-1 cannot be driven, we think its still better than buying an ancient oil painting.
RM Auctions predicts the Thunderbird Sports Roadster concept will fetch between $125,000 – $175,000, while the beautiful Shelby GR-1 will get between $150,000 – $200,000.
This auction is part of the annual Pebble Beach Concours event which attracts the worlds rarest cars and also some of the world’s wealthiest people. It truly is an auto show like no other.
GALLERY: Shelby GR-1 Concept
[Source: Art Daily]
Carroll Shelby (or rather, his well-lubricated PR machine) has responded to the charges of rape and employment hostility raised by former secretary Angelica Smith, labeling the lawsuit “frivolous.”
Shelby claims that Smith was fired not because she went to him with charges of rape (from another employee), but because The Shelbster simply didn’t need a secretary anymore. The company will fight the allegations to the end.
The full statement reads: “Carroll Shelby is disappointed that such wild and fantastical allegations have been made by a former employee. The fact is that her position was no longer required due to Mr. Shelby’s age, health and work schedule. But this apparently disgruntled former employee and her counsel have chosen to turn this into yet another prematurely publicized, frivolous lawsuit against a public figure. Carroll Shelby has full confidence in the judicial system and believes that the truth will come out through the legal process.”
You may not have been there for the actual event, but that doesn’t mean you can’t look like you were there. Morgan’s & Phillip’s (M&P) Apparel has just released three new vintage Shelby Apparel t-shirts that depict great moments in the automaker’s history.
Made in the USA from high-quality cotton, the new shirts that join the collection are the 1965 World Championship Tee, the Shelby 1962 and GT350 1965. Let’s take the 1965 World Championship Tee – this shirt is based on the classics Shelby Shirt that was offered for sale and worn by team members in the 1960s. And in 1965, the 427 Cobra was launched and the all new Shelby GT350 made its debut.
The Shelby 1962 Tee displays the famous Cobra Logo made famous by the car that would shake up the racing world, while the GT350 1965 Tee displaying the GT350 logo worn by the car that was built at Los Angeles International Airport.
The new shirts, which will set you back about $34, are now available at M&P retailers, including World Class Motoring, Bullet Performance Australia, Blueberry Japan, the Shelby Museum Store, and many others. You can also shop online at the M&P website. Check out the website for tons of cool clothes and accessories for men, women and kids.
The legendary Carroll Shelby is being sued by a receptionist, who claims that she was sexually assaulted by Shelby as well as raped by another employee, then fired.
Angelica Smith was hired by Shelby as his secretary in 2005, but ended up becoming a personal servant—and claims that Shelby sent her out to buy liquor and pornography for him. Shelby “ran a pervasively hostile work environment” that involved groping Smith at his home, and another time when another Shelby employee drugged and raped her in December 2010.
Smith went to Shelby to report him, but ended up getting fired. Now she’s suing both Shelby, who certainly has plenty of lawsuit experience, the Shelby company, as well as the rapist in question for $5 million in damages.
Knowing Shelby, however, he’ll probably find a way to sue her instead.
Shelby has just unveiled the name of its upcoming supercar, the SSC Tuatara, which is expected to reclaim the position as the fastest production car in the world.
The American automaker’s previous model, the Ultimate Aero TT, came equipped with a twin turbocharged V8 which produced 1,287-hp and beat the Bugatti Veyron. The Aero TT achieved a top speed of 414 km/h (257 mph). However the speed record was reclaimed by the Bugatti Veyrom Super Sport.
The Tuatara name was chosen because of inspiration drawn from the lizard that lives in New Zealand. The name means “peaks on the back”, which is symbolic to the winglets on the back of the new car. The reptile also possesses the fastest evolving DNA on the planet, which inspired Jerod Shelby. Shelby said, “Most manufacturers essentially use the same basic model and body shape for up to 10 years, while only making small refinements to it each year. After only three years in production with the Ultimate Aero, SSC’s Tuatara is about to monumentally evolve in the areas of sophistication, design, aerodynamics and shear all‐around performance. We felt that the fastest evolving DNA was a perfect definition of SSC’s latest project”.
Details on the Tuatara are still top secret but what is known is that the car will be powered by a 7.0-liter DOHC V8 twin-turbo cranking out around 1,350-hp. The car will weigh approximately 1,200 kg (2,654 lbs) and will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 2.8 seconds. The Tuatara is also expected to have a top speed of 442 km/h (275 mph).
Check out the video of the Tuatara after the jump!
The twin-turbocharged rumors surrounding the next generation Mustang GT500 have been put to bed according to reports on the web of the Ford’s decision to hold onto its supercharger.
Even with the blower, Ford is confident that it will release the next-gen GT500 with enough power to shake off the menacing Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. The current GT500 produces 550-hp and sources have indicated that the new model will have at least 20-hp more.
A completely redesigned Mustang is slated to debut in 2014 as a 2015 model. Specifics on the redesign are still unknown but info will soon be released! Stay tuned for more info!
Well, here’s a new one. In a world where front end and rear end conversions are long gone – thankfully – the Internet has found a new gem that even the most creative car builders might scratch their heads on. Now before you think we’re completely hating on this build, we have to commend the overall craftsmanship that was involved in putting it together. The front end and rear end conversion are actually nicely done, flowing well with the overall body lines of the BMW E23 7-Series. Of course these photos aren’t exactly the highest of quality, but the fit and finish seem pretty impressive.
What we have here is a rare first-generation BMW 7-Series sporting a Shelby Mustang front end and a rear end conversion sporting the unmistakable look of an R34 Skyline GT-R. Is it something we’d ever do? Probably not. But when it comes to a cookie-cutter world, we have to commend those that think outside the box. Even if it’s way outside the box.
GALLERY: BMW 728i with Shelby Mustang front & Skyline R34 rear
For 2012, Shelby is offering his performance package on the convertible model for the first time since 1970 (coupe also still available). The new GT350 gets new bumpers, hood, wheels and colors to differentiate it from other Mustangs. You also get to pick how much power you’d like to handle. The base model gets 430-hp, from the normally-aspirated 5.0-liter V8, or you can choose to throw in one of two supercharger kits which can take the power upto 525-hp or 624-hp. So the tradition of fast Shelby’s continue.
Only 350 units of the GT350 will be produced for 2012, so if you want one, act fast. Prices start at $26,995 on top of the price for the donor.
How this prototype flew under the radar this long, we’re not even sure. But Shelby American and Nelson Racing Engines have teamed up to produce a twin-turbo Ford Shelby GT500 that pumps out over 1,000-rwhp. The Code Red GT500 is still in a prototype phase, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Shelby offers the package to enthusiasts in the near future.
Nelson Racing Engines has modified the GT500 powerplant to a 5.4L V8 paired to two 61mm Turbonetics turbochargers. Plenty of fuel has also been dumped into the system to ensure a proper air/fuel ratio with all the extra air. The dual fuel system includes fuel cells for both race and street gas, and of course an electronic boost controller regulates boost levels at varying rpms and gears.
We’ll be willing to guess that if Shelby chooses to release this package to the public, they’ll also complement it with their standard modifications including Baer’s big brake upgrade, adjustable suspension co-branded with Eibach, a Currie rear end, and more. Shelby currently estimates that a package would cost a significant $100,000 or so – vehicle not included.
See more pics of the car after the jump:
In case the new 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 isn’t enough to satisfy your craving for speed, Carroll Shelby’s Shelby American tuning shop will now offer an aftermarket Super Snake tuning package that will deliver up to 800-hp. That’s right, because the 550-hp machine isn’t enough already.
The Super Snake kit will include a 6-speed manual transmission with 3.73:1 axle ratio, a Ford Racing handling pack, (or optional Shelby/Eibach package), Baer brakes, 20-inch wheels, a Borla exhaust and lots of unique badging etc. Under the hood, the standard package will include a 660-hp Shelby/Ford Racing supercharger. Customers can opt for a more powerful (750-hp) version of that blower or a Shelby/Kenne Bell supercharger kit, with the big dog 800-hp kit topping out the range.
Pricing starts at $30,245 (plus the price of your Mustang GT).
GALLERY: 2011 Shelby GT500 Super Snake
Full details available after the jump:
So you’ve gotten yourself a 2010 Ford Mustang and the 2011 Ford Mustang has been announced and you’re a little… disappointed. Your first thoughts are to trade in your 2010, but then you realize it’s not a wise investment. Your second thought is to hit the Internet to scour the web to make your 2010 Mustang cooler than ever before. Well, it’s a good thing Cervini’s has your back and at this year’s SEMA show they’ll be showing off their Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 (aka Eleanor from Gone in 60 Seconds) styled body kit for the 2010 Ford Mustang.
It’s a shame the kit won’t come with an Angelina Jolie replica, but for the right price you’ll be getting yourself a urethane hood, front bumper, side skirts, side scoops, rear valence, spoiler, front billet grills, fog lights and a side-exit exhaust system. It may be a little over the top for some Mustang owners looking for something conservative, but we’ve gotta say, it’s pretty cool that Cervini not only manufactures the kit in high quality urethane, but found a way to blend the nostalgic Shelby styling to the new-age Ford Mustang.
No pricing has been released yet and only the hood and side scoops are available for purchase now. But Cervini has stated that the full kit will be available to the general public within two months.
AutoGuide.com will make sure to snap some live shots of the ‘Stang at SEMA 2010.
Carroll Shelby, meet Brett Favre. Brett Favre, meet Carroll Shelby. Something tells us that no matter how much Shelby wants to believe he’s going to retire and stop building complete cars, it’ll be a while until we see the last of him and his awesome creations.
The newest to hit the rumor mill is Shelby’s idea of a new generation GT500 sporting a twin-turbo setup and pushing out over 1000-hp. And it won’t come cheap, at a proposed price of $100,000. At the heart of it all will be Shelby’s in-house developed 5.4L V8 paired to a six-speed transmission.
Packing over 1,000-hp normally means this vehicle will be setup to be used on the track more so than the street. So beefy brakes from Shelby/Baer (sporting six-piston calipers) and a 10-point roll cage would just be the bare necessities. Ford Racing suspension and drag axles along with safety loops on the driveshaft setup the car to be a real track bruiser.
It’s also mentioned that the GT500 might sport a dual fuel system to accompany race fuel. And on the outside it’ll sport a custom widebody kit with 20-inch Alcoa wheels. There aren’t any plans of gutting the interior either, leather seats and a premium stereo system will still have a home.
We find it hard to believe with all the new toys at Shelby’s disposal now that he’d find a way to retire. And much like good ‘ol Favre we’ll expect a lot of back and forth indecisiveness and at the end of the day, great creations will still come.
Amidst the classic Ferraris and the typical antique pre-war models on display at “The Quail Motorsports Gathering,” this year’s event featured a wide selection of American muscle, all thanks to Carroll Shelby. The Quail has increasingly become a popular spot for high-end automakers to display their wares in the week-long run-up to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, however, it continues to stay true to its roots, focusing on motorsports.
“Carroll Shelby is one of America’s great success stories,” said Gordon McCall, co-founder of The Quail Motorsports Gathering in a statement. “He has been a World War II aviator, a champion racecar driver winning the 24 Hours at Le Mans amongst other races and a legendary automobile designer. It is important to celebrate his passion and ingenuity that is an inspiration for Americans and motorsports enthusiasts alike.”
Of the several dozen Shelby models on display, some of the most notable include a one-of-four 1966 GT350 Convertible, a one-of-three remaining 1965 GT350 Drag Race, a 1967 GT500 Super Snake and the incredible 1968 GT500 Green Hornet – featuring both fuel injection and an independent rear suspension. And of course, numerous Shelby Cobras were also on display.
Take a look through our gallery below. We’re sure these pics will take you back a few years.
GALLERY: 45 Years of the Shelby Mustang at The Quail
To be fair, the proceeds of the car went to a children’s foundation, but we would have a hard time swallowing the fact that we just paid Lexus LF-A money for a Mustang. How about a very generous charitable donation and a Shelby GT500 instead?
In any case, we’re happy that the money went to a good cause and that the car’s one-off status will ensure it will be somewhat collectible in years to come. It’s just not how we would spend $375k. Not by a long shot.
The Roush Shelby Mustang SR-71 has finally been officially revealed, and the car looks, well, just like the concept renderings we brought you not long ago. With a supercharged 5.0L V8, full Recaro bucket seats, a custom paint job and a Ford Racing handling pack, this one-off Mustang is like nothing else ever produced. The vehicle will be auctioned off for charity Thursday, July 29th at 7:30 PM (Central Time) at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. All proceeds benefit EAA’s (Experimental Aircraft Association) Young Eagles program, a foundation that Ford has supported for the past 15 years.
Gallery: Roush Shelby Mustang SR-71
Hit the jump to read the official press release
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) is investigating Classic Recreations LLC for allegedly engaging in fraudulent activity relating to swapping VIN numbers on their rebuilt G.T.500CR Mustangs, which were endorsed by Shelby American.
According to local media reports, the company took VINs from junked Mustangs and applied them to their GT.500CRs, and sold them as new cars for between $150,000 and $200,000.
“They were presenting them as original Mustangs, when in fact, they were not,” said OSBI agent Gary Perkinson. “We’re looking at removing VIN numbers from vehicles, which is a crime. Then you’re looking at potential fraud.”
Anyone who has purchased a car from Classic Recreations should contact the OSBI immediately.
Virginia International Raceway has long been a staple of road racing in North America, having been an unofficial home for Car and Driver’s vehicle testing for many years.
Ford recently wanted to show off the track prowess of the new and improved 2011 Mustang GT500, and where else but VIR is appropriate to let the public see what Ford’s baddest muscle car can do, and the end result was a lap that was nine seconds quicker than the outgoing model. There’s a wonderful V8 soundtrack, a nice example of how to steer a car around the track (keep those hands at 9 and 3, no shuffling the wheel) and lots of data for you track geeks.
Hit the jump to watch the GT500 in its natural environment.