Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
August 20, 2018
Photos By: Shelby American, Inc.

There’s so much going on during the Woodward Dream Cruise and especially Mustang Alley that the return of the Shelby GT could possibly have been missed as just another Shelby or Mustang on display amongst the 1,000 or so Mustangs being displayed last weekend. We assure you though if anyone took a half second to see just what was in the Shelby American display (and by the effort it took to get a photo of the car they most certainly did!) the new Shelby GT in its optional Heritage livery certainly didn’t disappoint the crowds of people in attendance!

Debuting as a 2019 model, Shelby American is re-introducing the Shelby GT model to the lineup of pre-title vehicle options. Available in both fastback and convertible body styles and with Ford’s new ten-speed automatic or six-speed manual and based off of a Mustang GT, there’s a Shelby GT package and trim level for all buyers. Besides being a pre-title purchase through select Ford dealers in North America, Shelby mod shops worldwide can also build you a post-tittle Shelby GT model as well.

“Launched for the 2007 model year, the first generation Shelby GT is one of the most popular vehicles in our history,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Available through North American Ford showrooms, it delivered sizzling performance in a refined car that could be driven every day. We’re returning this iconic Pony car to dealerships for the 2019 model year. We are pleased to once again unveil this newest version alongside our close friends at Ford Motor Company during the Woodward Dream Cruise.”

A popular option will no doubt be the Heritage edition with its Hertz-like gold stripes and gold wheels. It’s a stunner, whether sitting on the beach, or handling the daily commute!

Much like the S197 generation Shelby GT, the new S550 generation pumps up the base GT model Mustang with fine tweaks to suspension handling and driveline performance to make a great driver’s car that can be driven every day if wished. The stock 460 hp 5.0L Coyote gains an estimated 20 hp through the use of a new exhaust system while suspension bits are in partnership with Ford Performance. The exterior features proprietary bodywork and stylish new wheels to set the Shelby GT’s tone. Shelby touches can be found inside the interior as well, including optional Shelby leather interior and other custom touches. Every Shelby GT will receive a Shelby serial number and be included in the official Shelby Registry natch. This latest model will be available in all production Ford exterior colors and will retail for $61,345, which includes the base Mustang GT! Over 700 horsepower can be had with the optional Ford Performance supercharger, which will be available later in the production year once emissions certification has been secured.

“The 2019 Shelby GT exudes serious sex appeal,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American president. “We designed a gorgeous car to make any drive an adventure with thrilling performance and dynamic handling. The Shelby GT can gobble up miles on a road trip or rip up the corners on the track. It is equally fun cruising to the beach or to the office. Plus, this is the only naturally aspirated V-8 Shelby car that can be optioned in convertible and with an automatic transmission. Enthusiasts will love to drive it all day, every day.”

The interior on the white Heritage convertible that debuted during the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise.
Like all official Shelby vehicles, the 2019 Shelby GT features a “CSM” badge and will be listed in the official Shelby Registry.

The 2019 model year Shelby GT can trace its roots to the 2006 and 2007 Shelby GT-H rental cars. That is why an optional Shelby GT-H, or “Heritage” version is available in either black or white with gold stripes and optional gold wheels. This trim level celebrates the inspiration for the Shelby GT with additional suspension upgrades and a unique front fascia.

“The hunger by owners to personalize the first generation Shelby GT led to the formation of our Shelby Performance Parts division in 2007,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Head of Development. “So while our team was creating the 2019 Shelby GT, we wanted to offer a lengthy list of parts that empowered owners to customize their car. They can make the Shelby a canyon carver, a grand tourer, boulevard bruiser, or a track king. This is truly the most versatile car in the current Shelby lineup.”

Shelby American will build the Shelby GT in its Las Vegas facility for distribution through select Ford dealers in North America. Affiliated mod shops and dealers will offer the car in Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Australia and Asia. Dealers and mod shops worldwide are currently taking orders for the Shelby GT. To learn more visit www.shelby.com or talk with a Shelby sales representative by calling (702) 942-7325 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT.