Even as rumors swirl that the next-generation of high-performance Ford Mustang will drop the Shelby name, Ford has released a short video telling how the legend of the Shelby Mustang came to be. In its latest installment of its video series entitled Mustang Countdown, Ford dug up some footage from Carroll Shelby to give a little insight into how this automotive icon was created.

While it's definitely interesting to hear the late legend tell the story in his own words (including numerous references to the 1964 Mustang as a "secretary's car"), it's also pretty funny learning exactly how the Shelby GT350 got its name in the first place – a name allegedly making a comeback as the replacement for the current Shelby GT500. As development work continues on the 2015 Ford Mustang, the Shelby video posted below shows that the automaker is always looking at its past – even as it looks ahead to the future.


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      Buckingham's
      • 1 Year Ago
      Carroll Shelby did for the Mustang-Shelby what Zora Arkus Duntov did for the Chevy Corvette.
      nlombardo13
      • 1 Year Ago
      they are still,"found on the road" dead
      x19x19
      • 1 Year Ago
      Too bad the archival film footage was of the 67 and 68 Shelby's instead of the 65 and 66. Those were the only Mustangs Shelby had any real interest in. BY 68 Ford had gotten too involved and these things just became stylized Mustangs.
        ngiotta
        • 1 Year Ago
        @x19x19
        Care to explain your statement? Ford was just as involved with the 65 and 66 as with the 67 and 68. If anything, they had less involvement due to their focus on the upcoming Boss/Mach 1 models. Personally, I think '67 is the best year for Shelby's because that was the first year of the GT500 and the only year they had gorgeous brushed aluminum interiors. In '68, they went to a wood grain that I don't like all that much.
          x19x19
          • 1 Year Ago
          @ngiotta
          How many 67's and later were ever homologated for SCCA racing? None. The GT500 was a bit of a nose heavy slug, though the 428CJ motor improved it somewhat in 68. Shelby's vision of a just the essentials, no frills performance car was long gone after 67. Sorry you didn't like the wood interior.
        johnb
        • 1 Year Ago
        @x19x19
        I think the early gt350's are the best of the bunch. probably the most fun to drive as well.
      Matthew
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ford Motor Company makes the best automobiles in the world!
      rsquabitx
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Ford really wants to make some big sales, even corner the car market they would re-issue the 65 ford mustang. Same body, same engine, same options and same colors. Hundreds of thousands sold in no time at all. Let's see do I want mine in candy apple red or baby blue.
        hgeorgech
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rsquabitx
        especially if they sticker for a base of $2,368 like the original did !!
        exp57
        • 1 Year Ago
        @rsquabitx
        First of all, it would be illegal. Today's Mustang six cylinder engines put out more horsepower than the hottest 65 mustang engine. The 65 Mustang didn't handle or brake very well. It was just a re skinned Falcon.
          rothhammer1
          • 1 Year Ago
          @exp57
          'Working title' of the project in '63- 64 was the Ford Falcon Pony.
      wahoowajeff
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope FOMOCO doesn't screw up the Shelby Mustang. The brand is recognized worldwide. Ford couldn't afford to build that kind of recognition from scratch again. Killing the Shelby name would be like killing the golden goose. I hope the Ford bean counters aren't too stupid to realize the image asset they have. Good will and brand loyalty are difficult to build and easy to lose. Carroll Shelby always liked to build fast and light cars that were a blast to drive. Ford engineers were the ones who packed on the excess pounds in the Shelby Mustangs. A fitting tribute to Carroll Shelby would be to lighten up the new generation Mustang and make it a fast and eco-efficient joy to drive and race. Ford owes CS that much for all he gave them for a half century.
        riserburn99andre
        • 1 Year Ago
        @wahoowajeff
        Shelby had an on and off relationship with Ford after 1968 when they pushed him out of the Shelby Mustangs. He got involved with Dodge in the 80s and made GLH(goes like hell!) FWD turboed 4 banger compacts. He also made the his own car in the 90s before joining back with Ford just recently. Ford owes it to themselves to make this work, Shelby's family can sit back and enjoy the royalty money, unless they make the GT350 again...
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      Arse Biscuits
      Brodz
      • 1 Year Ago
      No person is as awesome as Carroll Shelby was. Rest in Peace old fella. "Secretaries car" - lol... what a legend.
      nneola
      • 1 Year Ago
      It appears the first car you see is a 1968 Golden Nugget, which is what I have. My Father bought it for my Mother on their anniversary February 10, 1968 and it has been lovingly restored. Can't wait to show it off at the Mustang Anniversary Parade at the Woodburn Drag Strip in Woodburn, Oregon on April 12, 2014. Check out the website www.mustangparade.com for more information and registration. BE PART OF A ONCE IN A LIFETIME HISTORY MAKING EVENT!!
        chzyrider
        • 1 Year Ago
        @nneola
        I'm not far from Woodburn and hadn't heard of this event, but I'll try to be there with my '67 coupe. My parents got it new, I got it in '78 when I was 16 and have had it ever since.
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