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Ford Shelby GT500
Shelby American
aka Ford Mustang
GT500 KR
Shelby Mustang
Production 1965 - present
Class Muscle car
Sports car
Body Style 2-door, 4-seat Coupe
2-door, 4-seat Convertible
Length length - type here
Width Width - type here
Height Height - type here
Wheelbase wheelbase - type here
Weight 3900 lb
Transmission Tremec 6-speed Manual, RWD
Engine 5.4 litre supercharged DOHC intercooled V8
Power 540 hp (402 kW) @ 6200 rpm
510 lb-ft of torque @ N/A rpm
Similar Ford Mustang
Dodge Challenger (2008)
Chevrolet Camaro
Designer Rob Jensen, Lead Designer for 2010 GT500

The Shelby Mustang was a performance muscle car from the 1960s. It was a series of Ford Mustangs which were specially modified by Carroll Shelby's company and sold as a series. The program was factory-sponsored and production was eventually moved in-house. The spirit of the series continues today in the special Mustang Cobra models.

See Autopedia's comprehensive Ford Shelby GT500KR Review and Ford Shelby GT500 Review.

Recent ChangesEdit

  • Hot on the heels of the unveiling of the sixth generation Mustang, Ford announced a new Shelby GT500. Or make that GT540 because the blown 5.4 litre V8 engine has been tuned by SVT to produce 540 hp (402kW) and 510 lb-ft of torque mated to a Tremec 6-speed gearbox. Redline is pegged at 6,250 rpm. [1][2][3]
  • On June 13, 2007, Ford unveiled the convertible version of the 2008 Ford Mustang GT, now known as the Shelby GT. Power is raised to 319 hp and 330lb.-ft. of torque thanks to the Ford Racing Power Upgrade Package. The car sports a new fascia complete with billet grille and a sportier looking airdam as well as a roll hoop arching across the rear seats.

Styles and Major OptionsEdit

New options for 2012:

  • $1,595 – Recaro Leather Sport Seats
  • $1,995 – Glass Roof
  • $2,340 – Electronics Package (Navigation and Dual Zone Climate Control)
  • $3,995 – SVT Performance Package (includes upgraded wheels are 19″x9.5 (F) 20″x9.5″ (R) Premium Painted Forged Aluminum wheels)
  • $375 – Full Vehicle Cover
  • $1,295 – Shaker 1000 w/ In-Dash CD, MP3, 10 Speakers


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2013 Shelby GT500Edit

2010 Shelby GT500Edit

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The first Shelby version of the Mustang appeared in 1965. All '65 Shelbys were painted white with (optional) parallel blue stripes from nose to tail. They also featured rocker panel stripes with the GT350 name. The engine was a modified K-code 289ci Windsor V8 with special "Cobra" valve covers, tri-Y headers, a special intake manifold and Holley carburetor increased power from 271 to 306 hp (162 to 228 kW).


The 1966 was differentiated in body color (non-white versions were introduced - colors included blue, red, green and black, as well as the original white) and trim. The "Le Mans" stripes were continued as an option, as in 1965. It featured special quarter-panel windows and rear air scoops on each side and an optional automatic transmission. A fold-down rear seat was now standard as well. Where early 1965 cars had black engine blocks, 1966 and later cars had the 289 engine painted blue.

Shelby struck a deal with the Hertz car rental company to produce a special line of GT350s for rent which were subsequently sold to the public after their rental-car lives were finished. These GT350H cars are quite rare and sought-after today, with some examples selling for more than $120,000. Shelby produced 1000 of these cars; 800 in black, and 50 each in red, white, blue and green. The black cars all had gold stripes, whereas the colored cars only had Shelby side stripes, without the Le Mans top stripes. Shelby would repeat this trick in 1987 with the Shelby CSX-T.


The new 1967 Mustang was followed with a new Shelby. It featured a 1967 Mercury Cougar tail light panel minus the chrome trim, a flip-up spoiler, and two sets of air scoops on each side. This was also the first American car to feature a factory roll bar.

This year also saw the introduction of the GT500 alongside the continued GT350. The new GT500 featured a 428 in³ (7 L) FE Police Interceptor Big-block V8. This is also one of the most famous Shelby Mustangs. A modified GT500 clone, known as Eleanor, featured alongside Nicholas Cage in Gone in Sixty Seconds the 2000 remake of Gone in Sixty Seconds and a blue GT500 is prominently featured in the manga series Gunsmith Cats.


Shelby lost the lease for their factory at Los Angeles International Airport in late 1967 so production of the Shelby cars was moved to Ionia, Michigan under Ford Motor Company control.

1969 & 1970Edit

Carroll Shelby terminated his agreement with Ford in the summer of 1969. The GT350 and GT500 for the 1969-70 model years received extenisve facelifts. Ford was heavily involved with design and style decisions, with Shelby having very little input. Production of Shelby Mustangs ceased with the 1970 model year. The 1970 models were in fact leftover 1969 models.

2006 Shelby GT-HEdit

Ford introduced the Shelby GT-H version of the Mustang at the 2006 New York Auto Show in April 2006. Like the original GT350H from 1966, the GT-H features gold-on-black paint and will only be available at the Hertz car rental agency. A modest power bump over the regular Mustang GT results in 325 hp (242 kW) and 330 ft·lbf (447 N·m). Features include a 5-speed automatic transmission, and a package from Ford Racing including a 90 mm cold air intake kit, muffler kit, X-pipe, and a cat-back exhaust. Just 500 will be built to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original.

2007 Shelby GT500 CobraEdit

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The 2007 Shelby Mustang GT500 at the Los Angeles International Auto Show

Shelby and Ford will return with a Shelby-branded Mustang, the Shelby GT500 Cobra for 2007. Introduced at the 2005 New York International Auto Show, the GT500 uses a 5.4 L Modular supercharged V8. 500 hp and 475 ft·lbf (644 N·m) will be available, designed to outperform all previous Mustangs. A Tremec 6-speed manual transmission, suspension tuning, a body kit, and 18 inch wheels will complete the car.

The right to purchase the first 2007 Shelby GT500 was auctioned off at the Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Auction on January 21, 2006 in Scottsdale, Arizona for $648,000. Proceeds will benefit the Carroll Shelby Children's Foundation.

2010 Shelby GT500Edit


Early Performance TestsEdit

Car and Driver compared an early build 2007 Shelby GT500 with a 2006 Z51 package Chevrolet Corvette. The Shelby obtained a 12.9 sec quarter-mile while the Corvette ran a 12.8. The Shelby had a 100 hp advantage over the Corvette, but a 616 lb weight disadvantage. Similar tests by the magazine Road & Track reported a 13.1 quarter-mile for the Shelby GT500. Some critics have pointed out that the weight of the car is causing estimated ET's less than expected. The weight of the Shelby GT500 with a driver is nearly 4100 lbs. Muscle Mustangs and Fast Fords (August 2006 issue) were able to coax low-12 second performances out of it (best: 12.257s), with trap speeds of over 117mph.

The heavy iron block V8, with supercharger and water-to-air intercooler, shift the weight bias further forward than the standard Mustang GT (57/43%; front/rear. But the car is said to handle predictably and ride comfortably. According to Car & Driver the GT500 provides the "best [overall] bang for the buck around," but the Corvette is a better performance vehicle..


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