• Jun 4, 2010
2011 Shelby GT350 – Click above for a high-res image gallery

When you hear the name Carroll Shelby, what comes to mind? First and foremost, it's probably the legendary automobiles that have carried his name, specifically the Cobra and Mustang. Some may also recall the series of Dodge vehicles that he collaborated on, and others may think of his stint as a successful race car driver.

Something that probably doesn't come to mind, though, is a burgeoning parts business. If ol' Shelby has his way, that may soon change. In a recent interview, Shelby had this to say in regards to the future direction of his eponymous company:
"I want to build fewer cars and sell more parts. It's hard to make any money on a car. But our parts business is growing 15 to 20 percent a year. We are downsizing and going for the parts business... Simplify the business – that's what I'm saying. And that's what I'm doing in Las Vegas."
It would seem the recently unveiled 2011 GT350 may be the final complete car package offered by Shelby... though we wouldn't be at all surprised if the 87-year-old tuner has a few more tricks up his sleeves.



[Source: Dallas News]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      When is this man going to sit down and have a rest? He is amazing in his commitment to keep going.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's already a bunch of V8 conversions for the Miata.
        kenny
        • 4 Years Ago
        yes i saw one driven into a carshow with corvette drivetrain . now thats badass.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good. Maybe now he can make enough money for himself rather than bleeding the kit car guys dry with frivolous lawsuits.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      GOOD! I hope that breaks up the Ford-Shelby ties as far as building the top-level Mustang goes. Let SVT handle all the work and produce a better performing car that costs less with out the (useless) Carroll Shelby nameplate. It's cool to have a car bearing his signature, but let that be used for limited edition Mustangs. The top tier 'Stang should be an in-house project through Ford. Bring back the SVT Cobra!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Err... the top tier factory Mustang is an in house project. The Shelby name is merely a marketing ploy with the GT500 (and a pretty successful one at that). The KR, the SGT and the new GT350 are really only Mustangs sporting a host of FRPP upgrades with very little engineering done by Shelby.

        Its also delusional to think that by dropping the Shelby name that some how SVT engineered vehicles are going to become some sort of minimally priced upgrade over a fully loaded GT Mustang. The Shelby has proven that there is a market for specialty Mustangs in the 45-60k range with a very healthy margin (try getting the X plan or any factory advertised discounts in conjunction with a GT500)

        Ford isn't going back and quite frankly there are enough well heeled Mustang enthusiasts looking for something factory developed to differentiate themselves from the bread and butter crowd that the cars are in no danger of disappearing or forcing Ford to reconsider its pricing strategy.
        • 4 Years Ago
        '03 and '04 SVT Cobra had IRS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I like paying $17000 for a replacement hood thank you

        NOT
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good, go away you relic. The '03-'04 Cobras were fine cars (except for the IRS disaster), and only cost $35k vs. the $50k+ for a GT500. People that whine about no IRS are the same people that whine about McDonalds being unhealthy. You aren't going to buy a Mustang whether it has IRS or not, just like they won't go to McDonalds even if they did have healthy food. Mustangs are meant to be drag raced and if you don't like it then go buy something else!
        • 4 Years Ago
        independent....rear...suspension.....please
        • 4 Years Ago
        @CB22 Have you ever even driven a Mustang?

        I so sick and tired of hearing these whiny kids in their parents basement lament over the fact that the Mustang has a live rear axle, when they've never even driven one, let alone driven one in enough situations to understand what an independent rear end even nets you!

        It's been proven time and time again that the solid rear axle in the Mustang is probably the best factory rear end ever made. It handles better than both the IRS-equipped Challenger and Camaro. The SRA equipped Mustang has won numerous road race events against IRS equipped Porsches, Bimmers, Camaros, Challengers, Nissans, etc, etc, etc.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cobra R, 2003-2004 SVT Cobra> GT500. The Cobras were pure lightweight performance machines made for the track, while the GT500 is more of a higher-end road cruiser. I hope for the 2014 Mustang the Cobra returns and so does the nimbleness.
        • 4 Years Ago
        SVT developed the GT500. They just slapped on the Shelby name afterwards. Why? I have no clue.

        • 4 Years Ago
        I could be wrong, but I think Carroll sued Ford over the use of "Cobra" without his permission.

        If that is true i doubt you would see a Mustang SVT "Cobra". Might see a Mustang SVT Boss. or SVT Mustang. Or SVT Mustang Super Badass 500 Awesome-O
      • 4 Years Ago
      To Sli and Pal...if you can do a better job,have at it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The GT350 is a disgrace to the Shelby name. Looks like Mustang with a stupid aftermarket body kit. Carroll you can do better than that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Concur. Simply whoring out the name.
        The cachet comes from the car, not the parts.
        • 4 Years Ago
        are u nuts the shelby team has increased horsepower, driveability,overall speed, better braking, and not to bad on the fuel economy, as for looks not too bad and consider the car desighn package was a rush job done for ford.so look a little deeper and i neeeever buy a shelby for looks but for power, speed, and handling
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's all in Caroll Shelby's name,the car could be slow and be worth or sell for well over stock sticker. The original Cobra with the aluminum body was and remains desirable and of course over-priced due how rare it is. So many companies have Cobra kits in both aluminum and fiber-glass,it's nuts. In Shelby's cars,it is all about parts anyway so why not simplify and sell parts with a Shelby decal slipped into the part box. The saddest part about buying your own supercharger is the amount of Cast Engine Parts. It takes forged steel to hold up to the extra boost. Who wants to add a supercharger to run 4-6 psi boost? All large or "muscle" car engines should have forged steel crank,rods,pistons etc. so even an at home mechanic can add some real psi=power. As far as the Stang comments about independent rear suspension, takes the fun out of driving/sliding sideways and being able to whip a 360 or three.Sure IRS helps the hole shot and bad driving conditions,also takes away from the driver/car connection . Shelby will remain an icon no matter what he does. The cars carrying his name will go up in value when he passes. The Delorean was a heap of crap and slow as a snail but they sold out as fast as they were built.More power to Mr. Shelby and his decision to switch to Shelby parts and no auto building. He wasn't building the entire car,under the Shelby logo cars remaina Mustang or whatever their original maker was.For those that want speed without buying a Shelby package,shop around for a Super Chips or other type of ECU tuner. Install an exhaust dump valve before the converters if possible and tell riders to hold on.Shop "Jegs" "Year one" "Summit" or any of the other hundred plus performance parts companies out there. Enjoy
      • 4 Years Ago
      We need a new Cobra. Not a mustang variant, a new Cobra for real.

      The 2011 Mustang 5.0 running gear is the modern incarnation of the Ford small block. The Mazda Miata is the modern incarnation of the lightweight, tossable British Roadster. Add some wide wheels and fender flairs, a pair of white stripes and hopefully a rollbar and you've recreated the Shelby Cobra with modern components, more or less in-house for Ford, from the parts bin. Heck, sell a 3.7 version too and it would still be roughly twice as powerful as the Miata and get better mileage. Mazda's having trouble moving Miatas but I bet Ford could sell Cobras as fast as they could make them.
        kenny
        • 4 Years Ago
        i saw a miata with a corvette drivetrain stuffed in it . now thats a ride . the only good ford is if it has a heartbeat under the hood.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The legend (old Shelby cars) is now an official legend. All is lost at this point as the name Shelby is just a corporate franchise. The old passion of Shelby cars were pretty much concluded with the intro of the GT500 back in 2005 (which bright back muscle cars: HEAVY, stockish, big engine cars). And no the Ford GT is not a Shelby car, but an SVT car...

      Obviously Carroll has no patience nor passion for cars anymore. Just money (and retirement?).

      Typical baby boomer, going after the money.
        • 4 Years Ago
        oops meant the 2007 GT500, which is what I assume you were referring to.
        • 4 Years Ago
        FYI... Carroll had zero to do with the 2005 GT500.

        I think his legend died many years before. Somewhere between when Ford took over the Cobra in the late 60’s and when he did the Dodge Omni...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sat in a gt500 red, blk racing strips nav glass roof etc etc etc. Has inspired me to get a better job and buy that baby in 3 years, 56k is more than my 2 year salary! Also looks miles better than the gt350
      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought he made a chili seasoning?
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