Driving is usually a passion of all speed enthusiasts. For some people, driving is the height of their craziness. These crazy guys need extra performance from their vehicles. Not every cars and SUV's can deliver the best in terms of speed, control, reliability along with security of person on driving seat. There are a few names of Muscle Cars in the series of heavy duty cars, and one of them is Mustang Shelby GT. The Mustang Shelby GT series are heavy duty roaring cars known for the ultimate in performance and speed. And here is the history of Mustang Shelby GT.
The first GTs were Shelby modified K-Code 289 cubic [4.7 liter] V8 Fastbacks that had their power increased from 271 HP up to 306 HP. Shelby ordered 252 units of 1965 Fastbacks for his conversion into 1966 Shelby GT350. The project itself began in August of 1964 and in September the first Shelby GT350s were born. The public unveil was done on January 27 of 1965. Shelby GT350 also featured Hooly carburetor, Cobra valve covers, special Cobra hi-rise intake manifold, 4-speed manual transmission, side exhaust pipes, Wimbledon white body color with 2 stripes and no back seats, because of SCCA's requirements [2-door coupes only]. All in all, there were 562 Shelby GT350 street legal and 37 GT360R units built in 1965. The Shelby GT350R were built for races only.
The 1966 production had 2378 GT250s built where 4 of them were special order convertibles for Shelby himself. Some say, there were 6 of these convertibles, but on 4 correct VINs are discovered. Shelby struck a deal with the Hertz Corporation in 1965 in order to build a special line of 1001 GT350H V8s for "rent a racer" program, which helped Shelby to expose Shelby Mustangs across the country.
Shelby terminated the agreement with Ford in 1969, but he still had a little bit of his impact in 69-70 GT model range. Actually, the 1970 GTs were 1969 Shelby leftovers and that is why 1970 GTs were still Shelbys. The GT350 and GT 500 got quite a big facelift change. 1969-1970 Shelby GT350 got a 351 cubic [5. liter] V8 engine, while the GT500 got its 428 cubic [7 liter] V8 muscle. Transmission choice was the same: 3-speed automatic or 4-speed manual.
Since 2007, the Terlingua Team offers a special package for the V6 Mustangs, that includes "serious performance enhancements and striking visual cues". The package will, of course, include the Shelby serial number...2007 Ford Shelby GT500 Red Stripe Appearance Package. If You already have GT500 and still feel unsatisfied, You may sent it to Shelby's Special Performance Plant in Las Vegas and have it rebuilt into Super Snake. This rebuilt SS features some special badging, new Alcoa wheels, ram-air SS hood, stripes, splitters, 6-piston Bear brakes and many other performance features including the 5.4 Liter Kenne Bell twin-screw supercharged engine that develops 605 or 725 HP [no warranty for this one].
Frankly, it looks like Shelby started to loose its "sought after" feature by modifying "simple" Mustangs into Shelby ones in their Shelby Mod Shops and listing them in Shelby registry as pure-blooded. We do expect that only the real production Shelbys will maintain and even increase their historical and financial value in the future.