One Autoblog staffer who drove the limited-edition Shelby GT350 wrote it probably was the best Mustang he'd driven, but, at some point, the fun had to come to an end: December 31 is the last day the GT350 will be available to order.

The GT350's option list has evolved much like it did for the original 1965-67 GT350. For 2011, the 45th Anniversary edition only came in coupe form and was painted white with blue stripes, just as with the 1965 car. The 2012 GT350 was offered as a coupe or convertible, and three colors were added to the option list, just like the 1966 model. For 2013, more colors and options were added in addition to equipment and styling updates, which resulted in Wilwood instead of Baer brakes. No major changes were made for the 2014 model. From the first car in 2011, customers have been able to choose between three different configurations for their 5.0-liter V8: naturally aspirated with 440 horsepower, supercharged with 525 hp (with warranty) or supercharged with 624 hp (without warranty).

"When we unveiled this latest version of the Shelby GT350, we promised it would be built for a limited time to preserve its collectability and value," states John Luft, president of Shelby American. He may have a point, because the original GT350, which also had a limited production run, is among the most valuable muscle cars in the world.

While the end of 2013 will mark the conclusion of a great modern-day muscle car, Shelby American wants us to remember one of the late Carroll Shelby's favorite sayings: "Our favorite car is the next one we build." That and the other vehicles in the company's lineup, such as the GT500 Super Snake and Raptor, will continue to be offered for sale.

For more details on the GT350, scroll down for the press release.
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SHELBY AMERICAN ANNOUNCES THAT IT WILL END LIMITED RUN OF ITS SHELBY GT350

LAS VEGAS – July 24, 2013 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), has announced that 2013 will be the last year of availability for its limited-run series of Shelby GT350 muscle cars. Shelby American will take new orders for the Shelby GT350 through December 31, 2013. Production of all other Shelby performance cars will continue.

"The Shelby GT350 is one of the world's most celebrated, iconic muscle cars," said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "When we unveiled this 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 Shelby model."

Shelby American's approach has always been to first make history and then repeat it. In the 1960's, Shelby American built the GT350 in small numbers for the 1965, 1966 and 1967 model years, making those cars among the most desirable, collectible vehicles on the planet.

The first (2011) model year 45th Anniversary Shelby GT350's were all coupes clad in Competition white with Guardsmen blue stripes, just as Shelby American did with the initial car in 1965. In 2012, three more colors (red, blue and anniversary black/gold celebrating 50 years of Shelby American), as well as a convertible option were offered, similar to the options offered by Shelby American in 1966. For the 2013 model year, Shelby American again followed tradition with expanded color options, equipment choices and styling changes, while the performance improvements remained intact.

"The Shelby GT350's rich history is well-documented," said Shelby American Vice President of Production Gary Davis. "People value that heritage and tell us that they want this car to equal that exclusivity. We're staying true to our commitment to deliver a small block car with high performance, unique styling and collectability in a way that honors our heritage."

The concept behind the current GT350 was to build a car that is light, nimble and powerful. 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.

"We've taken another page out of the 'Carroll Shelby playbook'," said Luft. "In the ever evolving automotive market, we continue to adapt to meet customer needs. While we'll look back on the current GT350 with great love and devotion, as Carroll always said, 'our favorite car is the next one we build'."

Orders are now being taken for all 2012 - 2014 model year Shelby American GT350's through the end of 2013; As of January 1, 2014, this chapter of Shelby American history will close. Production will continue on all existing models, including the Shelby GTS, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby 1000, Shelby Raptor muscle truck and hot hatch Shelby Focus ST.

Build Your Dream Shelby at http://www.shelbyamerican.com/buildone/2013GT350-Exterior.asp Customers interested in a Shelby GT350 can also contact the Shelby American sales department at (702) 942-7325 or go to www.shelbyamerican.com.


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      lthrnck68
      • 1 Year Ago
      Robin, the new T-Bird was ugly. Might have kept going if they'd gone back to the 55 2-seater.
      busnrete8
      • 1 Year Ago
      Several responses to comments. I recently purchased my 5th Mustang; my 2nd 5.0 GT (2011 & 2013) and my 3rd Convertible. Fuel economy was a consideration, although not a major one-I did find with better fuel management systems and watching 'my right foot', I was able to get 22 + MPG on both 5.0's in the city! That should answer Linda's concern with buying toys--there will ALWAYS be toys! Mike-Not exactly. If you'll remember the Boss 302 was made for 2 years (69 & 70) and then Ford stopped. But my conclusions for the advantages of buying a 5.0 were: for about $25,000 less money I got 420 HP (chipped on my 13) AIRAID CAI and Roush Tips added 10 HP each; 19" 245 P Zero's I can rotate (no offense to split rims-but really), a 6 speed automatic (made in the USA) vs the Manual (made in China) which I'll match against the manual all day long for response; and since I'm not going to race my GT, the extra HP was not worth the extra money. But I STILL admire and drool, over a Super Snake! Besides, Ford did all they did WITHOUT any of obama's money!
        Donna
        • 1 Year Ago
        @busnrete8
        To busnrete 8, I like ur comment. I also only buy Ford! I have 4. Mustang, T-Bird 2 top, Truck, & a new 2014 Escape. I Love Them All & Boys R not the only ones who Love their Cars!
        str0ker96
        • 1 Year Ago
        @busnrete8
        WHOS MONEY, NOT OBUMMERS! IT WAS OUR MONEY !
      yankeedoug1121
      • 1 Year Ago
      i liked the fact that well i like muscle cars was happy to see the CAMARO advertisement when i opened this up.have always preferred the CAMARO !
        steveray3rd
        • 1 Year Ago
        @yankeedoug1121
        I have a 66 notchback, and I know a company that does electric here in Frankfort, Illinois. $19,000 to electrify it. I know sacreligious, but wouldnt it be cool to roll up super quiet, with stats like that in an old 66.
      x19x19
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good, enough already. Time for Ford to the the "Shelby, Cobra, GT500, GT350 stuff". All future Ford performance products should be marketed under the "SVT" nomenclature.
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @x19x19
        Strange. I own a GT500 an it says "SVT" all over the car....
        Justin Shaw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @x19x19
        I hate to disagree with you but that's the beauty of the Mustang. I've seen Shelby Cobras, SVT's Rouches, Saleens. I even saw an older Mach 1 on the road the other day. All respectable in their own unique ways.
          Bobby_Sards
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin Shaw
          I look down upon Al Bundy's buying these 500HP machines just so they can drive it around suburbia trying to feel like car enthusiasts
          Bobby_Sards
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Justin Shaw
          The mustang culture is the same as the civic culture. Great starting price, easy to work on, accessories available from endless vendors, and both are great cars in their own way. Im sick of the negativity towards mustangs and civics, and im sick of these performance edition cars. I disagree with you because for a truely respectable and unique car, the owner would put his own sweat and tears into it. Yet, people always criticize kids who "supe" their cars up as if they are the scum of the earth
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          @Justin Shaw
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        @x19x19
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        @x19x19
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      RetrogradE
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is what happens when Ford makes their employees stop drinking on the job.
        yogi199lib
        • 1 Year Ago
        @RetrogradE
        What were you drinking when you wrote this dumb remark ?
      ebneila
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's time for Ford to bring the Mustang out of the retro past with a new, fresh design. They might even come up with an all electric, like the Tesla S. Little has been media covered about the 4.2 seconds, 0-60 or the 300 mile between charges with the new 85kw lithium ion battery. Those stats would put a L1 Corvette in it's place -- behind. For new Tesla S owners, they can expect a $60-100 increase on home electric bill, depending on power company rates. That is still far better than what you would spend at the gas pump per month
        a2004ssr
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ebneila
        Mustang will never be Electric , that would be the kiss of death for an All American pony car.
          softpetal50
          • 1 Year Ago
          @a2004ssr
          I agree never electric, but the older styles would be great to see again, only better!!
          Michael
          • 1 Year Ago
          @a2004ssr
          Don't bet on it. Expect all cars in the future to be electrified. It may take 30 years, but you will see an electric Mustang (unless Ford kills the nameplate).
      jimoaklanduniv
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another "victim' of ole barry's IDIOTIC enviro STUPIDITY, so he can push his MORONIC "unsmart" pitiful excuses for cars!! Despicable, like Everything he touches turns to a big MESS, just look at our country and HIS destruction of it so far!
      John R. Butler
      • 1 Year Ago
      I blame Obama.
      ROBINHOOD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Every time Ford has a unique thing, they will either stop it, or ruin it. They took the Thunderbird off of the market, cut it in half, doubled the price and killed it. The Crown Vic, Lincoln TownCar, and the Grand Marquis, the last 3 decent American road cars (RWD) they stopped making. It must work for Ford, at least they are consistent but it denies the public an option. Wonder why Lincoln is now struggling?
        Michael
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ROBINHOOD
        Ford sells the GT500. Shelby sells the GT350. Learn the difference.
      BONNIE & JEFF
      • 1 Year Ago
      the new mustang should be the body style of the rare A.C. COBRA GT. this is retro FASTBACK muscle cool at its finest. what driver wouldnt be starry eyed at the intro of these on every car magazine cover???ESPECIALLY ON RIMLESS WHEELS AND WITH THE TARGA BAR LIFTED OUT ( SEE HONDA DEL SOL/ FIAT X1/9 PICS FOR ROOF TARGA BAR LOOK
      Mike
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's because the GT350 becomes the Boss 302 replacement in the all new 2015 Mustang lineup. It will then be a Ford factory produced car like the GT500.
      Me in Alaska
      • 1 Year Ago
      The 1965 Shelby GT350 was only available as a 2+2 (commonly refered to as a fastback), not as a coupe. However through some strange deal Shelby Mexico did produce Shelby GT350's using the coupe platform, the 1st generation (1965-1970, first generation mustangs included thru 1973 model year, but Shelby production was ended in 1970) Shelby's produced in the United States were never offered as a coupe.
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