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SHELBY AMERICAN ANNOUNCES THAT IT WILL END LIMITED RUN OF ITS SHELBY GT350



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2013/2014 Shelby GT350 in Sterling Gray



LAS VEGAS – July 26, 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.



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2013/2014 Shelby GT350 in Gotta-Have-It-Green



“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’.”



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2013/2014 Shelby GT350 convertible in ruby red.



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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GT350 Build One | Shelby Performance Parts | Photo Gallery | Discussion Forum | Sales: 702.942.7325


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If Ford is going to use the GT350 moniker in 2015 what will Shelby call it's next Mustang release?

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The GT781, DUH! :hysterical:

 

J/K Good question! If Ford is building the GT350, Im sure an R model upgrade is gonna happen from Shelby American. Thats a given. The real question will be if there is another new build SA has up it's sleeve, and if you look back over the past few years, with the Raptor stopping production for at least one year, and the GT500 ending, and Ford wont build the GT350 for at least a year, there seems to be a big gap to fill, so I for one CANT WAIT to see what THAT will be! :bandance:

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The GT781, DUH! :hysterical:

 

J/K Good question! If Ford is building the GT350, Im sure an R model upgrade is gonna happen from Shelby American. Thats a given. The real question will be if there is another new build SA has up it's sleeve, and if you look back over the past few years, with the Raptor stopping production for at least one year, and the GT500 ending, and Ford wont build the GT350 for at least a year, there seems to be a big gap to fill, so I for one CANT WAIT to see what THAT will be! :bandance:

 

 

See you did... :blush:

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I can't wait for the 2016 Ford (no Shelby nameplate) Eco Boost GT350 with lots of stripes and hype! :headspin:

 

1984 deja vu all over again!

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This is wonderful! Good to have the last of the real :hide: breed!

 

Kidding guys, kidding!!!?????

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So were there no 14's completed then? I thought both 13's and 14's could be converted to GT350's. The article states that the 13 will be the last, but the pictures even state 2013/2014.

 

Ok, I guess I must have misread the announcement, so it's not that 2013's are the last cars, it states that 2013 will be the last time you can get this done. You can get a 2014 converted, but you have to have it in process by December 31st if I'm reading this correctly. Now I do see threads where other 2014's are already completed, so I was misreading this.

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I can't wait for the 2016 Ford (no Shelby nameplate) Eco Boost GT350 with lots of stripes and hype! :headspin:

 

1984 deja vu all over again!

1984 = SVO At that time the most I had ever paid for a car.

1984 = The 5.0 was at its beginnings, what a run that engine gave us all

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1984 = SVO At that time the most I had ever paid for a car.

1984 = The 5.0 was at its beginnings, what a run that engine gave us all

 

Me too... and it ran circles around the GT with a V8.

 

A 2016 GT TT V6 with 400hp and a GT350 TT V8 pushing 540hp on the lighter frame "world" Mustang platform are bound to be real performers! Can't wait...

 

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You can get a 2014 converted, but you have to have it in process by December 31st if I'm reading this correctly. Now I do see threads where other 2014's are already completed, so I was misreading this.

 

Bingo!

 

 

Jer

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SVT NAJA

 

The 4th car from the left was mine. After the sun ate all the clear coat and paint I had it repainted in a deeper color. BTW, I had started a club of SVO owners in NORCAL, were you part of our clan in the Bay Area? Before moving out of State I got the guys to stay together thru the Diablo Valley Mustang Club out of Concord and when looking at some of their current online club pics it appears several have stayed with that club.

 

As for the new pony coming online I can't wait to see it and drive it. I wonder if we will have to wait a year for the high end performers. With Ford discontinuing its Shelby GT500 line I wonder if Ford will drop SVT also. Much like they did with the SVO group.

 

1984 SVO

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So were there no 14's completed then? I thought both 13's and 14's could be converted to GT350's. The article states that the 13 will be the last, but the pictures even state 2013/2014.

 

Ok, I guess I must have misread the announcement, so it's not that 2013's are the last cars, it states that 2013 will be the last time you can get this done. You can get a 2014 converted, but you have to have it in process by December 31st if I'm reading this correctly. Now I do see threads where other 2014's are already completed, so I was misreading this.

 

 

 

Unless things have changed what you need to have by December 31st is a sales order placed along with your deposit. Your car does not need to be on a lift by December 31st. Just trying to clarify the words "in process".

Steve

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I can't wait for the 2016 Ford (no Shelby nameplate) Eco Boost GT350 with lots of stripes and hype! :headspin:

 

1984 deja vu all over again!

What makes you think Ford will not have nameplate rights? They don't NEED the 350 so bad as to risk lawsuits and cease and desist orders like '84. Im betting they have full rights this time around.

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It has been stated previously that Ford will discontinue the use of the Shelby nameplate on the next series of Mustangs, including the GT350. Obviously, there is no longer a legal issue here. Since the new generation Ford GT350 will be a non-aspirated model, I suspect if the customer wants a performance upgrade, they can have the Shelby Performance shop work their magic on the car. But it will not be a Shelby vehicle, just a modified Ford Mustang GT350.

 

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It has been stated previously that Ford will discontinue the use of the Shelby nameplate on the next series of Mustangs, including the GT350. Obviously, there is no longer a legal issue here. Since the new generation Ford GT350 will be a non-aspirated model, I suspect if the customer wants a performance upgrade, they can have the Shelby Performance shop work their magic on the car. But it will not be a Shelby vehicle, just a modified Ford Mustang GT350.

 

B)

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To my understanding, there has been no formal announcement yet from Ford, so all we have right now are leaked rumors and a few enthusiast mustang articles.

 

To me, its not a GT500 if Shelby isn't on the car. I feel the same about the GT350. However, this may REALLY work to the favor of SA, since they would undoubtedly add the Shelby name to the upgrade package which it would absolutely need.

 

(There may be a little irony since I briefly owned a '84 gt350 and then gave it to my brother. It's a really great car, and I do love the controversy surrounding it. )

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More speculation from a few cynical individuals, Dubbs, don't get sucked in.

 

I, too, am looking forward to the new Mustang. Shelby, Boss, Mach 1; whatever, bring it on!!

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Happy to say: I'm glad I bought my Shelby GT350 vert that was built at Shelby. I really enjoy the car and hope to keep it for a long time to come.

 

 

What do you guys think will happen to the value of the current Shelby GT 350's after they stop production????

 

 

 

Sandy

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Happy to say: I'm glad I bought my Shelby GT350 vert that was built at Shelby. I really enjoy the car and hope to keep it for a long time to come.

 

 

What do you guys think will happen to the value of the current Shelby GT 350's after they stop production????

 

 

 

Sandy

Not what you think will happen to the value. Lol

 

If you are looking to sell somewhere between February and August of 2014? It probably will be a good added value. Not much, but some.

 

Who knows after.

 

That question seems to always make me chuckle. You didn't buy a limited vehicle in supply. You bought a limited vehicle in demand. That's the difference between value plus and value minus. If you wanted a Shelby GT350, you need only buy the mustang, and have the funds to convert it. No one was told no. There was no secret handshake. The same could be said about every Ford and Shelby except maybe the Ford GT.

 

Buy it because you love it. It won't disappoint you if that's your reasoning, and maybe one day you'll be pleasantly surprised!

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Not what you think will happen to the value. Lol

 

If you are looking to sell somewhere between February and August of 2014? It probably will be a good added value. Not much, but some.

 

Who knows after.

 

That question seems to always make me chuckle. You didn't buy a limited vehicle in supply. You bought a limited vehicle in demand. That's the difference between value plus and value minus. If you wanted a Shelby GT350, you need only buy the mustang, and have the funds to convert it. No one was told no. There was no secret handshake. The same could be said about every Ford and Shelby except maybe the Ford GT.

 

Buy it because you love it. It won't disappoint you if that's your reasoning, and maybe one day you'll be pleasantly surprised!

+1, well said. PS: I'd also add that my '68 KR sat at the dealer from early May, 1968 to late October, 1968 before it sold. Seems the demand for it was way low and the supply way high, but things do change..... :victory:

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Sort of, remember they produced it in 2009 too, after they said it was going to only run one year to commemorate the '68 KR, and be limited to the original KR run numbers, but things change when you are making money it seems. And now the prices are suffering for all those cars out there.

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What SAI did with the 2008 and 2009 KR is exactly what they did in 68 and 69. They only built 1,000 in 08 and 500 in 09 (most of the 2009 cars went to Canada. Think about it though

1,500 total build for the entire world. The KR is truly the only real Shelby very limited edition and build. It was so limited that dealers were going to double the $85,000 msrp... Of course then came the economic downturn. I just saw a used 08 selling for $125,000!

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What SAI did with the 2008 and 2009 KR is exactly what they did in 68 and 69. They only built 1,000 in 08 and 500 in 09 (most of the 2009 cars went to Canada. Think about it though

1,500 total build for the entire world. The KR is truly the only real Shelby very limited edition and build. It was so limited that dealers were going to double the $85,000 msrp... Of course then came the economic downturn. I just saw a used 08 selling for $125,000!

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There are many examples of "real" Shelby's with production of less than that. So what do you consider the 500 2006 GTH models? Is that not a "real" Shelby? Then there's the 50th models, BJ Shelby GT's, California editions, Super Snakes, GT350's...........

 

There were 1011 2008 KR's and 712 (130 went to Canada) 2009 KR's for 1723 total. Nothing against the KR's, they are great, but not as rare as others, see ebay.

 

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Sort of, remember they produced it in 2009 too, after they said it was going to only run one year to commemorate the '68 KR, and be limited to the original KR run numbers, but things change when you are making money it seems. And now the prices are suffering for all those cars out there.

Who is this "they"?

 

Below is the KR press release from SAI & Ford and no where does it say limited to a one year run. The press release states that 1,000 units would be built for the 2008 model year which is pretty much exactly what were built.

 

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Long live the King! The 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR, “King of the Road” assumes the throne, taking its rightful place as the ultimate American muscle car.

The GT500KR builds on the already impressive stats of the Shelby GT500, with 40 more horsepower, an additional 30 foot-pounds of torque and an array of chassis, aero and weight-reduction measures to offer world-class performance. Engineered by Ford SVT with final assembly by Shelby Automobiles, it blends track learnings from the Ford Racing Mustang FR500C and the ingenuity of Carroll Shelby to deliver the ultimate in Mustang performance.

“Every new Shelby Mustang renews my energy and passion for performance,” said Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby Automobiles. “I’m just as excited about the 2008 KR as I was when I developed the first one. The team has done a great job with this car. It is this is truly the best Shelby Mustang we’ve ever built…so far.”

The Shelby GT500KR is the latest in a royal lineage that spans more than 40 years, beginning with the 1965 Shelby GT350 and including the original 1968 Shelby GT500KR that provided the inspiration. Carroll Shelby has played an active role in the development of every one.

“When the names Mustang and Shelby come together, the results are never anything less than amazing,” said Robert Parker, Ford Car Marketing manager. “Mustang has earned an endearing place in America’s hearts, topping the sports car segment for 22 straight years. The GT500KR is sure to get those hearts pumping even faster.”

Delivering the Ultimate in Mustang Performance

Just like its 1968 namesake, the 2008 Shelby GT500KR builds on the strong foundation of the Shelby GT500. Ford and Shelby designers collaborated to channel the classic KR design cues and finesse them into the iconic lines of the new Mustang. Most noticeable are the modern interpretation of the distinctive, sculpted KR hood and classic Le Mans-style striping.

The development team spent countless hours designing a car that pays homage to the 1968 “King of the Road,” but this thoroughbred is more than just a pretty face. The GT500KR is inspired by Ford Racing’s experience on the race track and finessed with the trademark SVT engineering and Shelby Automobiles’ proven delivery of balanced performance production for the street. Its chassis incorporates unique suspension components developed especially for the KR.

The suspension’s stiffness has been enhanced with wheel rates 17 percent higher in the front and 7 percent higher in the rear. Every other element of the chassis system – such as sway bars and shock absorbers – has been tuned especially to improve King of the Road’s handling.

The new suspension was tuned to work with the Goodyear high-performance, P255/45Z18 front and P285/40ZR18 rear tires, developed specifically for the KR, with a compound that is exclusive to North America. The stickier tires help the short 3.73:1 rear gear (compared to the GT500’s 3.31:1 rear gear) send maximum horsepower to the road and are an important component in the overall handling balance.

“The KR is much more than just a great straight-line performer. It’s the complete package − handling, power and performance,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief program engineer at Ford SVT. “The team put the GT500KR through rigorous testing and have witnessed slalom runs with sustained lateral acceleration of 1.0g on the skidpad. Those are world-class numbers.”

The GT500KR doesn’t just go better, it stops better. The new tires work with a recalibrated anti-lock braking system (ABS) that results in improved stopping distances 6 feet shorter from 60 to 0 than the stock GT500. The ABS system has been tuned to be unobtrusive during spirited driving. Similar honing was undertaken with the vehicle’s traction-control system to optimize acceleration

The GT500KR’s impeccable balance of handling and performance is the result of a holistic approach to the development, looking at the total vehicle with chassis and powertrain engineers working together to optimize all vehicle attributes.

For example, a new front splitter and revised rear spoiler aid in aerodynamic improvements, adding downforce over the front axle and moving the center of aero pressure forward in the vehicle to improve high-speed balance and stable, predictable braking character. The ride height has been lowered to the optimum setting for on-the-limit handling, lowering the front by 20 mm and the rear by 15 mm.

“The KR is more responsive and has more body control,” said Gary Davis, vice president of production for Shelby Automobiles. “It delivers even more racing feel than a stock GT500. Yet it’s still extremely comfortable and doesn’t beat you up like some performance cars. We’ve been able to increase handling substantially without giving up a lot in ride comfort.”

GT500KR 5.4-liter V-8 Receives the Royal Treatment

The 2008 “King of the Road” packs a walloping dose of Ford performance under a sculpted carbon fiber hood. The Ford SVT-engineered 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 is enhanced with a series of Ford Racing-inspired upgrades that boosts horsepower to an estimated 540 and torque to 510 lb.-ft.

The added power is delivered courtesy of a revised ignition and throttle calibration and a cold air intake system that replaces the stock unit.

The unique carbon fiber hood, secured by a pair of stainless steel, twist-down hood pins, serves to relieve high-speed underhood pressure, move air from the front intake and engine compartment to the rear extractors and channel supplemental fresh air into the new cold air intake that feeds KR’s massive V-8.

The Shelby GT500KR cold air intake seal was designed with the new hood to prevent hot engine compartment air from reaching the air intake. This channels ambient air to feed the supercharged intake for optimal combustion efficiency for horsepower and torque.

Calibration modifications include advancing the ignition timing as well as re-mapping the electronic throttle settings to provide quicker throttle response for better off-line and mid-range acceleration. Increased throttle response is met with a sharper roar from the Ford Racing-inspired exhaust system.

“Throttle response has been dramatically improved,” said Hameedi. “The KR launches with authority and provides power on demand – throughout the entire power band.”

Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission. Gear selection is courtesy of an all-new Ford Racing short-throw shifter. Topped with a white ball, the new shifter throws are 25 percent shorter than the unit on the GT500 providing for crisper, quicker shifts.

Inspired by Ford Racing Mustang FR500C motorsport experience, the Shelby GT500KR has been fitted with an elevated axle vent reservoir to prevent axle fluid expulsion during sustained periods of performance driving or track-day use.

A Legend in the Making

Each Shelby GT500KR begins life as a GT500, built at AutoAlliance International Inc., in Flat Rock, Mich. From there, the cars are shipped to Shelby Automobile’s facility in Las Vegas.

“We are so proud of the Ford and Shelby teams coming together and working tirelessly for the last year to bring you the Ford Shelby GT500KRs with the specially engineered chassis, powertrain and exhaust components along with the unique carbon-fiber hood and the new short-throw shifter,” said Amy Boylan, president of Shelby Automobiles, Inc. “Every GT500KR will be hand customized and delivered to each customer in an enclosed transporter, just like the Ford GT.”

Each 2008 GT500KR model is identified by a special 40th Anniversary badge on the fenders and grille, distinctive body colored mirror caps and Shelby lettering stretching across the front of the hood and along the rear portion of the deck lid. A special Shelby Automobiles, Inc., Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) tag is affixed inside each vehicle’s engine compartment.

Each new GT500KR also will be entered into the official Shelby Registry.

The all-leather interior features Carroll Shelby signature embroidered headrests and an official Shelby CSM 40th Anniversary GT500KR dash plate mounted at the top of the center stack.

Other standard equipment includes HID headlamps, an interior ambient lighting package, wrapped and stitched instrument panel, center console and armrests, as well as an electrochromic rearview mirror. Optional equipment includes a Shaker 1000 audio system, DVD navigation system and SIRIUS satellite radio.

The GT500KR or “King of the Road” Mustang is the fourth limited-edition Mustang that Shelby Automobiles and Ford have brought to market since resuming their collaboration in 2001. The public will get its first taste of the GT500KR in late May, when selected dealers will offer the latest Shelby Mustang in a limited edition of 1,000 units for 2008. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the Mustang GT500KR is $79,995, including destination and delivery charges.

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About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 245,000 employees and about 100 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.

About Shelby Automobiles, Inc.

Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby Automobiles Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., (CSBI.PK), manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company manufactures authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles. The company also partnered with Ford Motor Company to build the Shelby GT, which is based on the Mustang. For more information about Shelby Automobiles and to see the build of a 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR, visit www.shelbyautos.com.

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There are many examples of "real" Shelby's with production of less than that. So what do you consider the 500 2006 GTH models? Is that not a "real" Shelby? Then there's the 50th models, BJ Shelby GT's, California editions, Super Snakes, GT350's...........

 

There were 1011 2008 KR's and 712 (130 went to Canada) 2009 KR's for 1723 total. Nothing against the KR's, they are great, but not as rare as others, see ebay.

 

 

The Super Snake is a commodity ( continual build and nice car) no different than the marketing plan for the GT-500s.

In fact this was Amy Boylans response to the angry GT-500 owners who were just told the KR was being released after these Gt-500 owners had just plucked down an additional 30-$35,000 in admin fees (markup to have an exclusive collectible car) now these are the people who got burned and were/are mad.

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Who is this "they"?

 

Below is the KR press release from SAI & Ford and no where does it say limited to a one year run. The press release states that 1,000 units would be built for the 2008 model year which is pretty much exactly what were built.

 

-------------

 

Long live the King! The 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR, “King of the Road” assumes the throne, taking its rightful place as the ultimate American muscle car.

The GT500KR builds on the already impressive stats of the Shelby GT500, with 40 more horsepower, an additional 30 foot-pounds of torque and an array of chassis, aero and weight-reduction measures to offer world-class performance. Engineered by Ford SVT with final assembly by Shelby Automobiles, it blends track learnings from the Ford Racing Mustang FR500C and the ingenuity of Carroll Shelby to deliver the ultimate in Mustang performance.

“Every new Shelby Mustang renews my energy and passion for performance,” said Carroll Shelby, founder of Shelby Automobiles. “I’m just as excited about the 2008 KR as I was when I developed the first one. The team has done a great job with this car. It is this is truly the best Shelby Mustang we’ve ever built…so far.”

The Shelby GT500KR is the latest in a royal lineage that spans more than 40 years, beginning with the 1965 Shelby GT350 and including the original 1968 Shelby GT500KR that provided the inspiration. Carroll Shelby has played an active role in the development of every one.

“When the names Mustang and Shelby come together, the results are never anything less than amazing,” said Robert Parker, Ford Car Marketing manager. “Mustang has earned an endearing place in America’s hearts, topping the sports car segment for 22 straight years. The GT500KR is sure to get those hearts pumping even faster.”

Delivering the Ultimate in Mustang Performance

Just like its 1968 namesake, the 2008 Shelby GT500KR builds on the strong foundation of the Shelby GT500. Ford and Shelby designers collaborated to channel the classic KR design cues and finesse them into the iconic lines of the new Mustang. Most noticeable are the modern interpretation of the distinctive, sculpted KR hood and classic Le Mans-style striping.

The development team spent countless hours designing a car that pays homage to the 1968 “King of the Road,” but this thoroughbred is more than just a pretty face. The GT500KR is inspired by Ford Racing’s experience on the race track and finessed with the trademark SVT engineering and Shelby Automobiles’ proven delivery of balanced performance production for the street. Its chassis incorporates unique suspension components developed especially for the KR.

The suspension’s stiffness has been enhanced with wheel rates 17 percent higher in the front and 7 percent higher in the rear. Every other element of the chassis system – such as sway bars and shock absorbers – has been tuned especially to improve King of the Road’s handling.

The new suspension was tuned to work with the Goodyear high-performance, P255/45Z18 front and P285/40ZR18 rear tires, developed specifically for the KR, with a compound that is exclusive to North America. The stickier tires help the short 3.73:1 rear gear (compared to the GT500’s 3.31:1 rear gear) send maximum horsepower to the road and are an important component in the overall handling balance.

“The KR is much more than just a great straight-line performer. It’s the complete package − handling, power and performance,” said Jamal Hameedi, chief program engineer at Ford SVT. “The team put the GT500KR through rigorous testing and have witnessed slalom runs with sustained lateral acceleration of 1.0g on the skidpad. Those are world-class numbers.”

The GT500KR doesn’t just go better, it stops better. The new tires work with a recalibrated anti-lock braking system (ABS) that results in improved stopping distances 6 feet shorter from 60 to 0 than the stock GT500. The ABS system has been tuned to be unobtrusive during spirited driving. Similar honing was undertaken with the vehicle’s traction-control system to optimize acceleration

The GT500KR’s impeccable balance of handling and performance is the result of a holistic approach to the development, looking at the total vehicle with chassis and powertrain engineers working together to optimize all vehicle attributes.

For example, a new front splitter and revised rear spoiler aid in aerodynamic improvements, adding downforce over the front axle and moving the center of aero pressure forward in the vehicle to improve high-speed balance and stable, predictable braking character. The ride height has been lowered to the optimum setting for on-the-limit handling, lowering the front by 20 mm and the rear by 15 mm.

“The KR is more responsive and has more body control,” said Gary Davis, vice president of production for Shelby Automobiles. “It delivers even more racing feel than a stock GT500. Yet it’s still extremely comfortable and doesn’t beat you up like some performance cars. We’ve been able to increase handling substantially without giving up a lot in ride comfort.”

GT500KR 5.4-liter V-8 Receives the Royal Treatment

The 2008 “King of the Road” packs a walloping dose of Ford performance under a sculpted carbon fiber hood. The Ford SVT-engineered 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 is enhanced with a series of Ford Racing-inspired upgrades that boosts horsepower to an estimated 540 and torque to 510 lb.-ft.

The added power is delivered courtesy of a revised ignition and throttle calibration and a cold air intake system that replaces the stock unit.

The unique carbon fiber hood, secured by a pair of stainless steel, twist-down hood pins, serves to relieve high-speed underhood pressure, move air from the front intake and engine compartment to the rear extractors and channel supplemental fresh air into the new cold air intake that feeds KR’s massive V-8.

The Shelby GT500KR cold air intake seal was designed with the new hood to prevent hot engine compartment air from reaching the air intake. This channels ambient air to feed the supercharged intake for optimal combustion efficiency for horsepower and torque.

Calibration modifications include advancing the ignition timing as well as re-mapping the electronic throttle settings to provide quicker throttle response for better off-line and mid-range acceleration. Increased throttle response is met with a sharper roar from the Ford Racing-inspired exhaust system.

“Throttle response has been dramatically improved,” said Hameedi. “The KR launches with authority and provides power on demand – throughout the entire power band.”

Power is delivered to the rear wheels through a Tremec TR6060 six-speed manual transmission. Gear selection is courtesy of an all-new Ford Racing short-throw shifter. Topped with a white ball, the new shifter throws are 25 percent shorter than the unit on the GT500 providing for crisper, quicker shifts.

Inspired by Ford Racing Mustang FR500C motorsport experience, the Shelby GT500KR has been fitted with an elevated axle vent reservoir to prevent axle fluid expulsion during sustained periods of performance driving or track-day use.

A Legend in the Making

Each Shelby GT500KR begins life as a GT500, built at AutoAlliance International Inc., in Flat Rock, Mich. From there, the cars are shipped to Shelby Automobile’s facility in Las Vegas.

“We are so proud of the Ford and Shelby teams coming together and working tirelessly for the last year to bring you the Ford Shelby GT500KRs with the specially engineered chassis, powertrain and exhaust components along with the unique carbon-fiber hood and the new short-throw shifter,” said Amy Boylan, president of Shelby Automobiles, Inc. “Every GT500KR will be hand customized and delivered to each customer in an enclosed transporter, just like the Ford GT.”

Each 2008 GT500KR model is identified by a special 40th Anniversary badge on the fenders and grille, distinctive body colored mirror caps and Shelby lettering stretching across the front of the hood and along the rear portion of the deck lid. A special Shelby Automobiles, Inc., Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) tag is affixed inside each vehicle’s engine compartment.

Each new GT500KR also will be entered into the official Shelby Registry.

The all-leather interior features Carroll Shelby signature embroidered headrests and an official Shelby CSM 40th Anniversary GT500KR dash plate mounted at the top of the center stack.

Other standard equipment includes HID headlamps, an interior ambient lighting package, wrapped and stitched instrument panel, center console and armrests, as well as an electrochromic rearview mirror. Optional equipment includes a Shaker 1000 audio system, DVD navigation system and SIRIUS satellite radio.

The GT500KR or “King of the Road” Mustang is the fourth limited-edition Mustang that Shelby Automobiles and Ford have brought to market since resuming their collaboration in 2001. The public will get its first taste of the GT500KR in late May, when selected dealers will offer the latest Shelby Mustang in a limited edition of 1,000 units for 2008. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price of the Mustang GT500KR is $79,995, including destination and delivery charges.

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About Ford Motor Company

Ford Motor Company, a global automotive industry leader based in Dearborn, Mich., manufactures or distributes automobiles in 200 markets across six continents. With about 245,000 employees and about 100 plants worldwide, the company’s core and affiliated automotive brands include Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercury, Volvo and Mazda. The company provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company. For more information regarding Ford’s products, please visit www.ford.com.

About Shelby Automobiles, Inc.

Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby Automobiles Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc., (CSBI.PK), manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company manufactures authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA and 289 street car component vehicles. The company also partnered with Ford Motor Company to build the Shelby GT, which is based on the Mustang. For more information about Shelby Automobiles and to see the build of a 2008 Ford Shelby GT500KR, visit www.shelbyautos.com.

OK, so they (Ford) built it as a 40th anniversary commemorative for the '68 KR, and since they (Ford) never said in the original press release it would be only one year or only 1000 units then it was always understood they (Ford) would continue making them as long as they (Ford) wanted to. Makes perfect sense when you say it..... B)

But tell me, why did they stop after only 700 or so in 2009? Why not bring it out again next year? If the year commemorative means nothing at all, then what was the point anyway??? No wonder their prices are dropping like a rock.

Edited by mikeljgt500kr

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