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Shelby American Announced End of Shelby GT350
Orders Taken Until December 31st
Shelby American has just announced that production will end for the Shelby GT350 Ford Mustang. The 2013 model year will be the last for the limited-run Shelby Mustang and orders will be taken until December 31, 2013. It will be business as usual for all other Shelby performance cars.
The Shelby GT350 is one of the world’s most celebrated, iconic muscle cars.
“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, the wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., is a company that makes history and repeats it successfully. The Shelby GT350 was first built in 1965 and was continued in small numbers for 1966 and 1967, making these cars a valuable piece to any collection.
Introduced again in 2011, the 45th Anniversary Shelby GT350 were all coupes and were painted Competition White with Guardsmen Blue stripes, just like the first GT350 produced in 1965. In 2012, new hues were added including red, blue, and anniversary black/gold to celebrate 50 years for Shelby American. A convertible option became available just like it was back in 1966. For the current GT350 model, Shelby American repeats history again by expanding with even more color options to choose from as well as styling upgrades, and equipment choices while still maintaining performance.
“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 Shelby GT350 was built to be lightweight and powerful with a “small-block” 5.0L stuffed under the hood. Starting with your run-of-the-mill stock Mustang GT, every piece of the car is amplified or replaced to make this a performance beast just like it was back in the 1960s.
“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.’”
If interested in a limited-edition Shelby GT350, orders will still be taken for the 2012-2014 model years until December 31st. Starting on the 1st of January, Shelby American will drop production and close the chapter on the present day GT350 Mustang. Production continues on the GT500 Super Snake, Shelby GTS, Shelby 1000, and Shelby Raptor truck as well as the Shelby Focus ST.
Build Your Dream Shelby at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/buildone/2013GT350-Exterior.asp Customers can also contact Shelby American sales at 702/942-7325 or visit www.shelbyamerican.com.