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    Ford Caps Shelby Mustang Production to 137 for 2015 Model Year


    • Ford Readies a Small Number of Shelby Mustangs for 2015


    While the full production of the Shelby Mustang GT350 and GT350R kicks off next year, Ford announced that it will be doing a limited run of 2015 GT350 and GT350R models for the 2015 model year.

    Ford will build 100 GT350s with 50 of them being equipped with the Technology package - MagnaRide magnetic dampers, SYNC 3 with navigation, and dual-zone climate control -, while the other 50 will come with the Track package - MagnaRide magnetic dampers, additional cooling for the engine, transmission, and differential; and a front strut-tower brace.

    Meanwhile, Ford will only build 37 GT350Rs for 2015. Why 37? This is pay homage to Carroll Shelby who planned on building 35 GT350s in 1964. Along with 2 prototypes, total production was 37 vehicles.

    Source: Ford

    Press Release is on Page 2


    FORD ANNOUNCES LIMITED RUN FOR 2015 SHELBY GT350; ONLY 37 GT350R MODELS TO BE BUILT

    • Ford to produce limited run of 2015 Shelby® GT350 to commemorate the nameplate's 50th anniversary
    • 2015 Shelby GT350 comes with a unique 2015 VIN – the envy of Shelby enthusiasts everywhere
    • Limited run of 37 Shelby GT350R models to be built in homage to original GT350 competition model of 1965

    In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350, Ford will build a limited run of Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs for 2015.

    The original Shelby GT350, introduced in 1965, established Mustang's performance credentials on racetracks around the world. The all-new Shelby GT350, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, re-establishes Mustang as a world-class sports car.

    Only 100 Shelby GT350 models will feature a 2015 model year designation before production switches over to 2016. Of these, 50 will be equipped with the Technology Package and 50 equipped with the Track Package.

    "Fans of the Shelby brand are among the most passionate in the automotive industry," said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager. "To honor the passion of our fans for Shelby GT350's 50th anniversary, a limited run of GT350 models will be built in 2015; these cars will be highly coveted by both Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts alike."

    2015 Shelby GT350R: Celebrating 50 years of a pony car legend

    In 1965, Carroll Shelby developed and sold an FIA-homologated Mustang called the Shelby GT350 competition model. This race-ready Mustang took to tracks around the world, competing in the most prestigious races and against the stiffest competition there was. In addition to winning the Sports Car Club of America's B Production national championship in 1965, 1966 and 1967, the car entered races throughout South America and Europe, including the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans.

    There is heated debate among Shelby enthusiasts over how many 1965 GT350 competition models were built during the extremely limited production run. While Carroll Shelby insisted two prototype cars and 35 production models were built, most records show only 34 production models received serial numbers from the Shelby production facility.

    For 2015, Ford will make sure there is no confusion about the number of GT350R models constructed; 37 cars will be built in Carroll Shelby's memory.

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    Ok.  Are the car companies building these things for people to actually drive or just put in their garage and rub it with a diaper?

     

    Seriously, the auction circuit/collector car market is turning beasts like this into docile commodities and not in-your-face daily speed demons.

     

    Who is going to want to drive the hell out of only one of 37 2015 GT350s?

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    Come on do you really expect any sane normal middle income person to be able to buy one of these. Ford is Smart to build a limited number to keep the car collectors who have more money than brains or skill happy.

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    Ok.  Are the car companies building these things for people to actually drive or just put in their garage and rub it with a diaper?

     

    Seriously, the auction circuit/collector car market is turning beasts like this into docile commodities and not in-your-face daily speed demons.

     

    Who is going to want to drive the hell out of only one of 37 2015 GT350s?

     

    I forget who said it yesterday, but I thought it was very fitting.

    How weird would it be see 2 to 5 of these be on Barrett-Jackson within the next year or so?

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    Simply put it's a smart move by Ford. Reason being, people will consider the 15s to be the hype gotta-have-it model and the attention to the 16 Shelbys will wane and will help Ford pass the new strict for 2016 CAFE 36mpg standard. The CAFE jumps to a whopping 54.5mpg in 2025; Lord help us.

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