Shelby American announces that it will end limited run of its Shelby GT350

Shelby American announces that it will end limited run of its Shelby GT35

From Shelby American:

LAS VEGAS – 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’.”

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1969 GTO Judge vs. 1970 Hemi Road Runner

1969 GTO Judge vs. 1970 Hemi Road Runner

A 1969 GTO Judge and a 1970 Hemi-powered Road Runner go against each other at the drag strip.

Who do you think takes the win? Leave a comment below, or send us a tweet to @PowerBlockTV.

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Muscle car enthusiast reunited with Mustang Mach 1 24 years later

Muscle car enthusiast reunited with Mustang Mach 1 24 years later

In 1972, Rick Lookebill had to part ways with his Mustang Mach 1 and had dreamt of getting it back as soon as he let it go. Earlier this year, his family was able to track it down, bring it back to Rick and document the awesome surprise.

Scroll ahead to 2:04 to get right to the reveal.

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Road Runner featured on PowerBlock!

Courtney’s featured ride this weekend on PowerBlock is a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner

Courtney’s featured ride this weekend on PowerBlock is a 1969 Plymouth Road Runner. Owner David Nelson bought it three years ago already fully restored. The “Vitamin-C Orange” Mopar is classic muscle car powered by a 440 that makes around 500 horsepower. David swapped out the wheels to Magnum 500’s with BFG rubber; the way they came in ’69. The interior has been restored back to like new with the rare bucket seat/console setup. The four-speed was swapped for a five-speed Tremec and this 44 year old Plymouth only has 72 thousand miles on it.

Check it out on PowerBlock June 8 & 9!

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Charger vs. Chevelle

Charger vs. Chevelle drag race

A Charger and a Chevelle go head-to-head in a drag race that ends with a tight finish. Who do you think won?

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Shelby GT500 destroys dyno

A Shelby GT500 took its turn on the dyno during the Expo Performance 24 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, and destroys the machine.

Take a look at the video, and tell us what you think went wrong. A Shelby GT500 took its turn on the dyno during the Expo Performance 24 in Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, and destroys the machine. A crowd standing nearby can be seen running away, but it wasn’t reported if anyone was hurt during the incident.

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Trucks! host Kevin Tetz shares his “Jaded” Mustang on PowerBlock!

You’ll be seeing green this weekend as Courtney features “Jaded,” the 1966 Mustang restored by our very own Kevin Tetz from Trucks! He got the car back in 2002, and for a while thought it was beyond rescue, but look at it now! It has an ’04 Cobra supercharged 4.6 engine with an Eaton blower that makes around 600 horsepower. Kevin wanted to marry modern performance and styling cues into his classic pony car and he did with great success! It has a custom wrap around bumper and custom Shelby-styled rear body panels. It sits on a Schwartz Performance full frame chassis and Forgeline Wheels with BFG rubber. Kevin enlisted the help of T.C. Penick of Bay One Customs as well as a lot of his friends to finish the car to make the SEMA show last year in the Heat Shield Products booth. It’s one gorgeous muscle car you need to see May 18 & 19 on PowerBlock.

For more on the build check out T.C.’s blog at BayOneCustoms.com

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