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New Shelby GT350 Mustang Displayed in California

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On: Thu, Nov 20, 2014 at 11:34AM | By: Gary P Garry

New Shelby GT350 Mustang Displayed in California

There are certain names that can be mentioned only in reverential tones. In the automotive world, the name Carroll Shelby would fit into this category. He was born in 1923, and he devoted six decades to the craft of automotive design.

Shelby, who was originally from Leesburg, Texas, started out as a race car driver in the 1950s. He raced for Donald Healey of Austin-Healey fame, and he was quite successful. He won the Le Mans endurance race in 1959 with Roy Salvadori as his partner.Sports Illustratednamed Shelby as their Driver of the Year on two different occasions.

Carroll Shelby distinguished himself as a driver, but he goes down in history as one of the foremost designers of performance cars that ever lived. He initially made his mark with the AC Shelby Cobra after he formed his company, Shelby American, and he went on to design the Shelby Mustang.

The Shelby Mustang was introduced back in 1965. The car was built for racing, with a 289 cubic inch V-8, a high-riser intake manifold and a four-speed manual transmission. The original Shelby Mustang was produced through 1969, but some specimens that were manufactured during that year were marketed the following year as 1970 models.

It returned in 2007, and the Shelby Mustang is still being produced.

The automotive community lost a true giant when Carroll Shelby passed away on May 10, 2012 in Dallas, Texas. However, his legacy lives on in the form of the new Shelby Mustang and the many classics that are still in circulation.

The Ford Motor Company is paying homage to Shelby through the production of the 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang. An automotive museum that is named after Carroll Shelby is being built in Gardena, California, and the company recently introduced the new Shelby Mustang on the site of the museum.

This car really would have made Shelby proud. It is powered by a 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V-8 that generates over 500 horsepower. The engine delivers at least 400 pounds of torque, and it revs at around 8200 rpm according to reports.

The 2016 Shelby GT350 Mustang is a future classic rewound into the present. It is going to be offered to the public in limited quantities, and the company is expected to start selling the car next summer.

Ford wanted to honor the master, and it looks like they did the job right. If you want to own a piece of the Shelby legend, this is your chance.


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