Shelby American expands its lineup of heavily modified Mustangs with the launch of the new GT at the Woodward Dream Cruise. In basic guise, buyers get a stylish pony car with some performance upgrades, but an optional supercharger arrives later after emissions certification to push the output above 700 horsepower (522 kilowatts). A retro-inspired Heritage package brings vintage cues to the machine.

The Shelby GT uses the Mustang GT as a starting point, and the upgrades are available for both fastback and convertible body styles. The 5.0-liter V8 gets a Borla cat-back exhaust that boosts output to an estimated 480 hp – just like the new Mustang Bullitt. For better handling, the firm fits springs and sway bars from Ford Performance, in addition to caster camber plates. Buyers can pick either a manual or automatic gearbox.

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Aesthetically, Shelby installs a new vented hood and upper grille. Deeper side sills make the Mustang appear lower. The rear features a trunk lip spoiler and Shelby-branded taillight panel. Stripes run from stem to stern and on the lower section of the doors. The GT rides on the firm's Y-spoke 20-inch wheels with high-performance tires.

The optional GT-H heritage package includes all of these features but adds cues from the famous Shelby Mustang rental cars from Hertz. The body is available in either black or white, and both colors feature gold stripes. Matching wheels are an option, too. The GT-H is identifiable at the front from the more aggressive lower fascia. Handling gets an upgrade from Ford Performance front struts and rear shocks. Illuminated door sill plates and GT-H embroidered floor mats dress up the cabin.

For improved performance, there's also the optional Shelby Heavy Duty Package. It includes an upgraded radiator and coolant tank to handle harder driving. The setup also adds performance half-shafts and wheel studs. 

The Shelby GT starts at $61,345, and this figure factors in the Mustang donor car with a manual gearbox. Upgrading to the Heritage package takes the price to $66,345. Shelby American begins taking orders for the new model on August 20. They're available from select Ford dealers in North America and from Shelby-affiliated shops around the world.

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Posted 8/17/2018

Iconic Shelby GT returns to the Shelby American lineup with public introduction inside Ford Motor Company’s “Mustang Alley” during Woodward Dream Cruise
Fastback, convertible, manual and automatic transmission options available
Based on Ford Mustang GT, the 480 horsepower (estimated) sports car will be available through dealers in North America and mod shops worldwide starting just over $60,000
Shelby GT-H “Heritage” Edition celebrates the roots of the Shelby GT in a rental program

Las Vegas – August 17, 2018 – The iconic Shelby GT, one of the most important cars in Shelby American’s history, has returned for the 2019 model year. Executives with Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), will introduce both fastback and convertible models of the sports car to the public at 11 am on Saturday, August 18, 2018, inside Ford Motor Company’s “Mustang Alley” during the Woodward Dream Cruise. The Shelby GT will be available through select dealers in North America and mod shops worldwide.

“Launched for the 2007 model year, the first generation Shelby GT is one of the most popular vehicles in our history,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “Available through North American Ford showrooms, it delivered sizzling performance in a refined car that could be driven every day. We’re returning this iconic pony car to dealerships for the 2019 model year. We are pleased to once again unveil this newest version alongside our close friends at Ford Motor Company during the Woodward Dream Cruise.”

Like the first generation cars, the 2019 Shelby GT combines terrific handling with strong V8 power, a muscular exhaust note and handsome good looks. The naturally aspirated version derives its additional horsepower and torque from the new exhaust system. Shelby worked with Ford Performance to tailor the suspension and maximize the car’s capabilities without sacrificing ride quality. The exterior features proprietary bodywork and stylish new wheels, while Shelby touches can be found inside the interior. Every Shelby GT will receive a Shelby serial number and be included in the official Shelby Registry.

The Shelby GT can be ordered as a fastback or convertible in any color available from Ford. Drivetrain options include a 6-speed manual or a 10-speed automatic transmission. The naturally aspirated car will have an estimated 480 horsepower. A Ford Performance supercharger that can be added to boost output to 700+ horsepower will be available later upon emission certification. Including the base Ford Mustang GT, the car will start at $61,345.

“The 2019 Shelby GT exudes serious sex appeal,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American president. “We designed a gorgeous car to make any drive an adventure with thrilling performance and dynamic handling. The Shelby GT can gobble up miles on a road trip or rip up the corners on the track. It is equally fun cruising to the beach or to the office. Plus, this is the only naturally aspirated V8 Shelby car that can be optioned in convertible and with an automatic transmission. Enthusiasts will love to drive it all day, every day.”

The 2019 model year Shelby GT can trace its roots to the 2006 and 2007 Shelby GT-H rental cars. That is why an optional Shelby GT-H, or “Heritage” version is available in either black or white with gold stripes and optional gold wheels. This trim level celebrates the inspiration for the Shelby GT with additional suspension upgrades and a unique front fascia.

The roster of companies who collaborated with Shelby is impressive. The exhaust was created with Borla while Ford Performance was deeply involved in the development of the suspension.

“The hunger by owners to personalize the first generation Shelby GT led to the formation of our Shelby Performance Parts division in 2007,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Head of Development. “So while our team was creating the 2019 Shelby GT, we wanted to offer a lengthy list of parts that empowered owners to customize their car. They can make the Shelby a canyon carver, a grand tourer, boulevard bruiser or a track king. This is truly the most versatile car in the current Shelby lineup.”

The day after the two cars are unveiled at the Woodward Dream Cruise, the Shelby GT fastback and convertible will be displayed at the Mustang Memories car show at Ford Headquarters. The pair will be parked next to the 2018 Shelby Super Snake, a Shelby F-150 truck, a widebody Shelby GT350 and other current production cars from Shelby American.

Shelby American will build the Shelby GT in its Las Vegas facility for distribution through select Ford dealers in North America. Affiliated mod shops and dealers will offer the car in Europe, the Middle East, South Africa, Australia and Asia. Dealers and mod shops worldwide will begin taking orders for the Shelby GT on August 20, 2018. To learn more visit or talk with a Shelby sales representative by calling (702) 942-7325 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MST.

About Shelby American, Inc.
Founded by legend Carroll Shelby, Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International Inc. (CSBI:PK), manufactures and markets performance vehicles and related products. The company builds authentic continuation Cobras, including the 427 S/C, 289 FIA, 289 street car, Daytona Coupe and Shelby Series 2 component vehicles; it offers the Shelby GT, 1000, Super Snake, and GT post-title packages for the 2005-2019 Ford Mustang. Shelby American also offers the Shelby Raptor, Shelby F-150 Super Snake and Shelby F-150 trucks. Heritage cars include the continuation 1965 Shelby GT350 competition model, 1967 Ford Shelby Super Snake and 1968 Ford Shelby GT500KR. For more information, visit




2019 Shelby GT Features



Shelby GT deep draw hood with hood vents
Staggered Shelby spec 20” wheels with high performance tires
Ford Performance springs
Ford Performance sway bars
Shelby by Borla cat-back exhaust
Caster camber plates

Exterior & Interior

Shelby upper grille
Rocker Panels
Rocker wings
Rear spoiler
Tail light panel
Le Mans style striping
Driver and passenger Side stripes
Emblems and badging
CSM numbered dash plaque and engine plate
Engine caps
Shelby American tech signature manufacturing plate
Embroidered floor mats


Shelby GT-H (Heritage) package which includes these standard featuresBlack with gold or White with gold color accents
Shelby front fascia assembly
Ford Performance front struts
Ford Performance rear shocks
Shelby by Borla cat back exhaust
Lighted door sill plates
Shelby puddle lamps
Shelby GT-H embroidered floor mats
Shelby Premium PackageShelby front fascia assembly
Ford Performance front struts
Ford Performance rear shocks
Shelby by Borla cat back exhaust
Lighted door sill plates
Shelby Heavy Duty PackageExtreme radiator
Coolant Tank
Wheel Studs
Performance Half-shafts
Gold wheels
Painted stripes
Short throw shifter
Shelby leather interior
Shelby car cover
Ford Performance Supercharger (availability TBD)

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