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.