Shelby GT350 Revived after 45 Years

Shelby American recently revealed a supercharged concept version of the Mustang-based 2011 Shelby GT350 to the attendees of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Opening Night Gala, to honor the 45th anniversary of the first GT350 and first Shelby big block Cobra. According to the Shelby team, the idea behind the GT350 was to build a car that is light, nimble and powerful.

“After it was hand built in our new design studio, it began extensive testing at Las Vegas Motor Speedway by veteran test drivers Vince LaViolett and Gary Patterson. We’re all proud to be part of this milestone Shelby car,” Gary Davis, vice president of production for Shelby American, said in a release.

A 5.0 liter Ford Mustang GT engine is at the heart of the concept, while many other segments were enhanced or replaced together with experts from Ford Racing, Goodyear, Borla, Cragar and Baer.

According to a company statement, each GT350 will be finished in traditional white with Shelby Guardsman blue Le Mans stripes and feature the new Ford V8 engine coupled to a 6 speed manual transmission and center exit exhaust. GT350 badges on the outside and inside include a Shelby serial number.

“In 1964, Ford Motor Company asked Shelby American to turn their secretary’s car into a race winner to help them sell Mustangs,” said Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby American. “Our Shelby GT350 ruled its class at the track and was feared by GM and Chrysler owners on the street. Enthusiasts have anticipated the GT350’s return since it went out of production in 1970. Now my band of hot rodders has created a car worthy of the name.”

The Shelby GT350 is a post title program, which means that a customer purchases a car from their local Ford Dealer, which is turned into a GT350 by the Shelby American Team. A limited number will be built in the 2011 model year. The Shelby GT350 up-fit completed by Shelby American has a MSRP of $33,995 and does not include the price of the base car.
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