• Jun 29, 2010
2011 Shelby GT500 – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's time to stoke the raging fires of the rumor furnace once again. The good people at Motor Trend have let it slip that Caroll Shelby may be planning something interesting for the 50th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. We're not just talking some fancy badges and a sticker program here, either. Evidently, the man behind some of the meanest snakes on four wheels has been camping out in Dearborn as of late, supposedly hard at work in the FoMoCo labs on the next creation to carry his name.

Those whispers are made all the more interesting by the fact that John Luft, Shelby American's head honcho, has said that his company is currently eying whether or not to bring a rash of new R models to life. The cars would be fit for track duty straight from the factory, and given the Mustang's new found ability to handle a road course, odds are we're not just talking about quarter mile bruisers. Either way, you can bet Ford will pull something special when its pony hits the big half-century. Whether or not that means a fresh new Shelby remains to be seen.



Photos by Jonathan Ramsey / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.
[Source: Motor Trend]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh this looks good!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't think any car that sells for under 50k can really be "ready for track duty straight from the factory". Until you start looking at buying a car like a corvette, a porsche, GT-R, and so on and so forth, the budget simply doesnt allow for affordable cars to be truly track ready. They are almost always lacking in proper cooling, proper suspension, or brakes. Not to mention safety features such as a cage, which are nearly unheard of production cars anyways (save for certain porsches that cost over 200k).
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh? I thought the Porsche GT3 RS came with a roll cage. Or is that only in the UK?

        And how much would it really be to make a car track ready? I mean, maybe my idea of track ready and yours is a bit different, but I see Miatas turned track ready and E36 M3's. I thought the whole point of (tracking) those two cars was that they were affordable, so that you could have another car for commuting. With that being said, why would it be so hard to turn a Mustang GT into a track car? I imagine you'd have to change the suspension, add a cage(probably optional), and take away a lot of things to save weight, but that shouldn't be quite that bad.
      • 4 Years Ago
      At this point I'm more than turned off at the idea of Shelby doing another special edition especially after the whole GT350 debacle. His cars are getting more and more "ricer-esque" with the silly body kits. Maybe it's best to just keep to the badge changes only for the Shelby bunch.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I guess if the concepts are included the 50th anniversary is near, but the first production Mustangs were available in 1964. And there would really have to be some major change before that anniversary.
        • 4 Years Ago
        If Ford is working on a all-new Mustang for 2014, then having Shelby in early on the process is crucial.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Whatever it ends up being...it will defintely change the way the world perceives mustangs.

        50th year anniversary is BIG.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think a 50th birthday for the Stang is a good time to release a Boss. Give that new 5.0 some added zest and that chassis some extra zing, throw on some stickers/badging, some interior decorations sold at limited numbers and then there you go.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It's funny this post would come up today. On the way to work this morning, I was driving next to a 2004 40th Anniversary Mustang (a black V6, with GT alloys), and it got me thinking about the 50th Anniversary model. Wow, 50 years of Mustangs - I wonder what Hank the Deuce would have thought about that?
      • 4 Years Ago
      IS
      A special Mustank on the way?


      LOL

      Of course. "special" Mustanks are a weekly occurrence.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Man, you are HILARIOUS! Where do you come up with such original comments?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Well, Ford's 50th anniversary is in 2014, and by that time I reckon we will see a mustang design refresh.

      Probably a reworked S197 chassis or maybe an entirely new chassis. Possibly all Independent Suspension, but what I really hope is that the entire lineup loses weight. Or at least offers a very stripped out mustang.

      I mean the 2010 Mustang had an insulator that you could electronically adjust depending on how much engine noise you wanted to hear...what? Why? Why is that there? Why not just save weight and remove the entire damn insulator? You're buying a Mustang not a Taurus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A special edition Mustang? Who'd a thunk it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        realy! these kinds of people (whom i like, i should add) tend to celebrate anaversaries by the 5s. the 45th anaversary mustang got a shiny badge, imagine what a 50th anaversary shelby will get? a turbo free of charge? no, i would guess some extra nice stiching in the leather and another shiny badge.

        i appologise for the spelling. i didn't get much sleep...
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought Shelby was going to stop whoring out his name?

      Oh who am I kidding, that sell-out couldn't stop doing that even if he wanted to.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Happy anniversary.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I too would prefer to see a 50th anniversary Mustang GT over a Shelby.
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