It's the End of the Line for the Shelby GT350
- Shelby American announced that it will stop taking orders for the Ford Mustang-based Shelby GT350 at the end of the year.
- "We're planning our next ultimate performance Shelby model," said John Luft, Shelby American president, in a statement.
- Production of all other Shelby performance cars will continue, the company said.
LAS VEGAS — Shelby American announced that it will stop taking orders for the Ford Mustang-based Shelby GT350 at the end of the year.
"The Shelby GT350 is one of the world's most celebrated, iconic muscle cars," said John Luft, Shelby American president, in a statement. "When we unveiled the 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 model."
Shelby American is the car-customizing company founded by the late Carroll Shelby.
The Shelby GT350 modifications include new fascias, a racing suspension and a short-throw shifter, among a long line of standard items. The customization kit starts at $26,995 beyond the base price of the Mustang. A supercharged version starts at $33,995.
"The concept behind the current GT350 was to build a car that is light, nimble and powerful," said Shelby American. "Beginning with the 'small block' 5.0-liter Ford Mustang GT as its base, every aspect of the car is enhanced or replaced to create the ultimate, balanced performance pony car that is true to the spirit of the 1960's era Shelby GT350."
Shelby American said it will take new orders for the Shelby GT350 through December 31.
Production will continue on all existing models, including the Shelby GTS, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby 1000, Shelby Raptor muscle truck and Shelby Focus ST.
Edmunds says: You can bet that Shelby American is already dreaming up stuff for the redesigned 2015 Ford Mustang.