With Shelby preparing to wind down production of its brutal GT350, a 624-horsepower Mustang that's meant to go up against the Roush Stage 3 in the world of tuned Ford ponycars, the Las Vegas-based tuner is looking to give back to one lucky customer. It'll auction off the very first GT350 ever produced, at the 2013 Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas, a three-day event that runs from September 26 through September 28.

The GT350 is a monster, with a 5.0-liter, supercharged V8 that's been tuned well past 600 horsepower in a time when Ford's own Shelby-branded GT500 barely reached 550 horsepower. The GT350 is much louder than Ford's effort, too, both visually and audibly. The wide body look isn't what we'd call conventional, but on a car that sounds and goes like this, something extreme is needed. According to Shelby American's vice president of production, Gary Davis, "Carroll was very excited about the new wide body option, so that was included on this car. It's the first 2012 GT350 serial number from our anniversary year. It is a very special car." Wilwood brakes, a massaged suspension, and some very fat, sticky tires add to the Shelby experience.

This particular GT350 will be lot number 750, and will cross the Barrett-Jackson stage on Sunday, September 28.
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LAS VEGAS – Sept. 18, 2013 – Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), has announced that the serial #1 2012 model year Shelby GT350 wide body convertible will cross the block at this year's Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas auction, taking place from September 26 – 28. The blue with white stripes wide body muscle car is slated to be auctioned before an international audience on Saturday, Sept. 28 (Lot #750). Shelby American will display some of its latest high performance vehicles during the event, and will offer rides to the public in the Shelby Focus ST, supercharged GTS and Shelby GT350 as a part of Ford Motor Company's Hot Lap ride experience.

"The Shelby GT350 is among the world's most collectible modern muscle cars," said John Luft, president of Shelby American. "Historically, the first car per model year was built for Carroll Shelby's personal collection. He was especially keen to own a convertible built during Shelby American's 50th anniversary. This very special Shelby GT350 wide body is set to cross the block in our hometown during Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas. So we're giving someone the chance to own this special piece of American history, just months before production of the legendary Shelby GT350 will end."

The modern Shelby GT350 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 a balanced performance pony car true to the spirit of the 1960's era GT350.

For the 2012 model year, power options include a normally aspirated and two supercharged versions. A short throw shifter, one piece drive shaft, more powerful brakes, cooling enhancements and interior and exterior styling upgrades are also options. For the first time since 1970, Shelby American offered a convertible option and the Shelby GT350 scheduled for Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas is a 624 HP supercharged drop top with equipment such as massive Shelby brakes all around and the upgraded interior.

"We carefully documented the build of this car," said Shelby American Vice President of Production Gary Davis. "Carroll was very excited about the new wide body option, so that was included on this car. It's the first 2012 GT350 serial number from our anniversary year. It is a very special car."

Orders are still 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, 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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      Meh, I've seen much better looking mustangs. If they leveled the car and dropped it, it would look way better. The mesh grilles look like ebay specials. And what’s up with the reverse lights - aren't they already integrated in the tail lamps? I don’t care that 1960s mustangs had separate reverse lights; the execution is terrible in these. Add in a fake induction hood and this ends up being a total abortion in design. If you're going through the trouble to make a custom car, would it have killed you to make the ram hood functional? What a waste.
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          1) I didn’t say to slam it and give it a crazy stretch and poke wheel treatment. Just enough of a drop so its a$$ isn't in the air. 2) Doesn’t matter if the 2012 didn’t have the integrated reverse lights (so I confused my model years, sue me); my point was the ones used on this abomination of a car look terrible. It’s a design issue. There’s a million other ways they could have incorporated, blended them or otherwise hidden them. Plus no LEDs?!?!! WTF, it’s practically 2014, cars should be running 100% LEDS. (no bixenon projector headlights either - another epic fail) 3) Hood scoop? What is it scooping exactly? Look at the engine bay - the supercharger is getting its air from a box that goes down into either the front airdam or wheel well, not air rammed in though the scoop. THAT is why it’s pointless. Don’t put an intake opening on the hood if it’s not going to funnel air directly into the engine. So yeah, by those 3 points, I have gathered that you don't know what you're talking about.
      • 1 Year Ago
      What's the big deal? Can't anyone with money just go out and buy one? Who cares if it is the first or last?
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        the big deal is this is the last vehicle that Carol Shelby personally had a hand in making. yes any person with money can go out and buy one but to car collectors and shelby enthusiests there can be only one. I would like to see the bidding war for this between jack rousch and Caroll Shelby's own family members and john Hennessy, even though it is a ford i would expect penske to bid for it, i don't think penske has ever been outbid on something that he had a serious interest in so expect to see this vehicle reach the 7 figures mark fast and keep climbing!
      Britt Benston
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      It looks like a Mustang blow-up doll.
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      Looks like a pickup. They can sell more if they remove the rear seat.
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      I remember seeing the test mules for this car running around Rotunda & Southfield a few years ago..... Sounded real good. Back then they were only "rumored to have around 500" but boy did they scoot when hooked up. I'd still take a Roush Stage 3 but this is a nice ride none the less.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Wow that is a TERRIBLE angle to shoot that main photo from. As others have noted, the way the roll hoop and the A-pillar visually meet up makes the car look like a convertible ute. Not very flattering.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like a convertible mustang based ute.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I daily drive my stang, but that HP figures wont matter. Nothing but a tire roaster.