Shelby will stop taking orders for the GT350 at the end of 2013

Article by Anita Panait, on August 2, 2013

Shelby American will stop taking orders for the Ford Mustang-based Shelby GT350 at the end of 2013. John Luft, Shelby American president, said in a statement that when they unveiled the latest version of the Shelby GT350 – which he described as one of the “world's most celebrated, iconic muscle cars" – they vowed to build it for a limited time to “preserve its collectability and value.”

He remarked that Shelby American is now planning their next “ultimate performance model." Modifications for the Shelby GT350 include new fascias, a racing suspension and a short-throw shifter. The customization kit for the Shelby GT350 starts at $26,995 on top of the base price of the Ford Mustang while the supercharged version starts at $33,995.

Shelby American remarked that the concept behind the current GT350 “was to build a car that is light, nimble and powerful." Using a 'small block' 5.0-liter Ford Mustang GT as basis for the Shelby GT350, Shelby American improved or replaced every important aspect of the car, resulting to customised performance unit that stays true to the spirit of the 1960's Shelby GT350.

For interested customer, they have until December 31, 2013, to place their orders for the Shelby GT350. Production of all current models like the Shelby GTS, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby 1000, Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST will continue.

The all-new Shelby GT350 is one of the world’s most commemorated and glorious modern muscle cars. For the third model year of the Shelby GT350, its designers have polished the vehicle with features and technologies demanded by its customers. The Shelby American team is imitating Carroll Shelby’s playbook to maintain the creation of high performance vehicles and parts built to keep its customers at the front of the fast lane.

For the first model year 2011 Shelby GT350, the coupes were clothed in white with blue stripes, just as Shelby American did with their first car in 1965. In 2012, three more new colors (red, blue and anniversary black/gold) were introduced and sold as well as a convertible option. This is identical what Shelby American offered as options in 1966.

For the 2013 model year, Shelby American keeps up with tradition with their extended color and equipment choices, and styling revisions, while performance stayed the same. The GT350 will be obtainable in all of Ford’s standard colors available on the Mustang: Grabber Blue, Sterling Gray Metallic, Candy Red Tint Coat Metallic, “Deep Impact” Blue Metallic (replacing Kona Blue Metallic), “Gotta Have It” Green, Race Red, Performance White and Black, and Ingot Silver Metallic.

Buyers can select between Satin Black or Gloss White stripes or Azure Blue Metallic on Performance White and Ingot Silver Metallic cars to be matched with new wheels in Satin Black or Bright Silver Metallic. Other design cues for 2013 involve a glass roof option, a modified custom rear valance, and Recaro Seats.

Press Release

SHELBY AMERICAN ANNOUNCES THAT IT WILL END LIMITED RUN OF ITS SHELBY GT350

Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), has announced that 2013 will be the last year of availability for its limited-run series of Shelby GT350 muscle cars. Shelby American will take new orders for the Shelby GT350 through December 31, 2013. Production of all other Shelby performance cars will continue.

"The Shelby GT350 is one of the world's most celebrated, iconic muscle cars," said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "When we unveiled this latest version of the Shelby GT350, we promised it would be built for a limited time to preserve its collectability and value. So we've been preparing for this day since 2010. In true Carroll Shelby fashion, we're planning our next ultimate performance Shelby model."

Shelby American's approach has always been to first make history and then repeat it. In the 1960's, Shelby American built the GT350 in small numbers for the 1965, 1966 and 1967 model years, making those cars among the most desirable, collectible vehicles on the planet.

The first (2011) model year 45th Anniversary Shelby GT350's were all coupes clad in Competition white with Guardsmen blue stripes, just as Shelby American did with the initial car in 1965. In 2012, three more colors (red, blue and anniversary black/gold celebrating 50 years of Shelby American), as well as a convertible option were offered, similar to the options offered by Shelby American in 1966. For the 2013 model year, Shelby American again followed tradition with expanded color options, equipment choices and styling changes, while the performance improvements remained intact.

"The Shelby GT350's rich history is well-documented," said Shelby American Vice President of Production Gary Davis. "People value that heritage and tell us that they want this car to equal that exclusivity. We're staying true to our commitment to deliver a small block car with high performance, unique styling and collectability in a way that honors our heritage."

The concept behind the current GT350 was to build a car that is light, nimble and powerful. Beginning with the "small block" 5.0 liter Ford Mustang GT as its base, every aspect of the car is enhanced or replaced to create the ultimate, balanced performance pony car that is true to the spirit of the 1960's era Shelby GT350.

"We've taken another page out of the 'Carroll Shelby playbook'," said Luft. "In the ever evolving automotive market, we continue to adapt to meet customer needs. While we'll look back on the current GT350 with great love and devotion, as Carroll always said, 'our favorite car is the next one we build'."

Orders are now being taken for all 2012 - 2014 model year Shelby American GT350's through the end of 2013; As of January 1, 2014, this chapter of Shelby American history will close. Production will continue on all existing models, including the Shelby GTS, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby 1000, Shelby Raptor muscle truck and hot hatch Shelby Focus ST.

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