November 22, 2013

1,200 hp for Shelby 1000

While the original version of the Shelby 1000 eeked out its required 1,000 horsepower, the 2013 model that Shelby American rolled out during the New York International Auto Show blasts past the magic 1,000hp mark by generating 1,200 horsepower. Based on the ’13 Shelby GT 500 with its already-impressive 662hp 5.8-liter powerplant, the track version of the Shelby 1000 puts unprecedented horsepower to the pavement while running on pump gas. It will be the most powerful production, street-legal muscle car in the world.

“The ’12 Shelby 1000 was launched to great acclaim at the New York Auto Show last year to celebrate our 50th anniversary,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “We’re bringing back the Shelby 1000 but with Ford’s ’13 Shelby GT 500 as the base car. With its new engine, launch control, adjustable suspension, and other new enhancements, we’ve created a car with even more capabilities. The ’13 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”

To reach 1,200 hp, Shelby American strips the GT 500’s 5.8-liter engine down to the block to strengthen the internals in preparation for the increased power level. Combining an adjustable suspension with a performance cooling package, big brakes, and serious horsepower, the Shelby can outperform exotics costing three to four times more.

“This car cannot be defined by just its amazing power,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American’s test driver. “The steering provides wonderful feedback and the car tracks beautifully. It attacks corners, ripping through them with minimal body roll and tremendous grip. Yet the Shelby 1000 can be so docile that you can cruise it down the streets of Manhattan.”

The post-title Shelby 1000 package starts at $154,995, not including the base GT 500. A limited production of 100 cars will be built. Each will be numbered and documented in the official Shelby Registry. Shelby American is now accepting orders for the ’13 Shelby 1000. Anyone interested in reserving a car should contact the Shelby American sales team at 702/942-7325 or visit

351 Cleveland Book

Technical writer George Reid’s newest book from CarTech covers the latest technology for 351 Cleveland engines, which continues to be a popular powerplant for vintage Mustangs. With the influx of aftermarket parts, especially cylinder heads, the 351 Cleveland, along with its 351M and 400M cousins, are now seen as great engines to build. Reid’s Ford 351 Cleveland Engines: How to Build for Max Performance reviews the history and variations of the 351C as well as building for street performance or competition.

The 8.5x11-inch softbound book features 144 pages and 450 color photos. It can be ordered for $24.95 plus $6.95 shipping and handling by calling CarTech at 800/551-4754 or by visiting

Mustang: 50 Years Ago

On May 1, 1963, final design plans for the new yet-to-be-named Mustang were firm. Engineering and planning departments had already begun the procurement of the parts needed to produce the first all-metal cars known as Pilot Vehicles. These followed the first few prototypes, the first metal versions. At the time, all were known as ’64½ “Special Falcons.”

There was no fastback model slated for release on the first day of Mustang retail sales, April 17, 1964. Due to the exterior and interior uniqueness of the fastback, and since there was barely enough lead time to get the hardtop and the convertible to market, plans for the production fastback were delayed. Evidence of a fastback design was seen in a photo of a clay model dated March 21, 1963. Stylist Gale Halderman roughed out that design with designer George Schumaker; Joe Oros selected the design for proposal. On May 2, 1963, the fiberglass concept of the final fastback roof design was shown at the Styling Center. After an Iacocca go-ahead, the design was formalized by Dearborn Steel Tubing in Dearborn. They were given a Mustang hardtop mule to develop into a metal prototype. The fastback was introduced to the public in September 1964, five months after the introduction of the hardtop and convertible.

As the clock ticked toward the Mustang’s April introduction, the summer months of 1963 were busy planning months. Interior designs and exterior lens designs were finalized. The idea of a removable hardtop for the convertible was dropped. Sub-contractors were chosen and contracts made for the manufacture of production materials. The Mustang II prototype final form fabrication at Dearborn Steel Tubing was being completed for planned delivery to Ford in August. —Bob Fria (author of Mustang Genesis, available from Amazon or by contacting the publisher: McFarland and Co., Box 611, Jefferson, NC 336/246-4460).

Shelby In SCCA Hall of Fame

The Sports Car Club of America inducted Carroll Shelby into its SCCA Hall of Fame during a special ceremony on March 13.

“Carroll Shelby is an icon in the automotive performance industry,” said SCCA President and CEO Jeff Dahnert. “He impacted the SCCA as a competitor, as an automotive designer and builder, and his influence within the motorsports world elevated SCCA. We are very proud to have had him as a member of the SCCA and now as a member of the SCCA Hall of Fame.”

Shelby was involved with the SCCA for over 50 years. As a driver, he took home the SCCA National Championship in 1956 and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959. His involvement continued in the 1960s through his Cobra sports car, Ford GT40s, and Mustang G.T. 350s. In 49 SCCA National Championship Runoffs, 35 drivers have won in a Mustang or Cobra.

The award will reside with the Carroll Hall Shelby Trust and eventually the Carroll Shelby Foundation.

Countdown to the 50th

On April 16-20, 2014, the Mustang will celebrate its 50th anniversary with two simultaneous 50th Mustang Birthday Celebration events hosted by the Mustang Club of America and sponsored by Ford Motor Company. The east coast event will be held at Charlotte Motor Speedway, while west coasters will have their own show at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Related activities start two weeks earlier with Great American Pony Drives from various locations to Mustang, Oklahoma, for the official kick-off weekend followed by east-bound and west-bound cruises to the Mustang 50th Birthday events.

Over the coming months, we’ll keep readers abreast of the 50th anniversary happenings, adding updates as they become available. You can also visit the MCA website at

April 4-11, 2014

Great American Pony Drives

Jacksonville, Florida: Departs April 4

Richmond, Virginia: Departs April 7

Boston: Departs April 6

Los Angeles: Departs April 4

Seattle: Departs April 4

Visit for complete schedules and routes.

April 10-16, 2014

Mustangs Across America 50th Drive

Departs April 10 from Los Angeles. Visit for route and schedule.

April 11-13, 2014

Official 50th Anniversary Kick-Off Party hosted by the Mustang Club of America in Mustang, Oklahoma. Shows, special speakers, and shuttles to shopping. More details to come.

April 13-16, 2014

50th Anniversary Pony Drives from Mustang, Oklahoma, to Charlotte and Las Vegas. Visit for schedules and stops.

April 16-20

Mustang 50th Birthday Celebration events at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Shows, open tracks, special activities and displays, manufacturer midways.

April 16: Pony Drive arrivals, vendor setup

April 17: Opening Ceremonies, birthday party, other activities TBA

April 18: Open track, parade laps, themed dinner, other activities TBA

April 19: Evening banquet, other activities TBA

April 20: Easter Sunrise Services, closing ceremonies