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Manual-equipped, 825-horsepower Signature Series Shelby Mustang is how we’d sign our lives away

Ford tuner extraordinaire Shelby American continues to churn out hard-hitting muscle.

Hot on the heels of the company’s 825-horsepower Super Snake Mustang unveiled in December comes a new Mustang boasting the same power. This one is a tribute to company founder Carroll Shelby and bears his signature.

2020 Carroll Shelby Signature Series Mustang

The car is called the Carroll Shelby Signature Series Mustang, and it was revealed for the first time on Friday during the National Automobile Dealer Association Show currently underway in Las Vegas.

The car has been in development for the last two years and is based on the Ford Mustang GT. Buyers can select from the donor car’s coupe and convertible body options, and they can also choose whether they want a 6-speed manual transmission or 10-speed automatic.

2020 Carroll Shelby Signature Series Mustang

2020 Carroll Shelby Signature Series Mustang

Under the hood is Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8 which has been fitted with a supercharger, a high-flow exhaust system, and a number of new cooling systems. Shelby’s team also added magnetic ride suspension, uprated brakes, and extra-wide forged wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires.

To fit it all, new fenders and a wide-body kit was also required. Included in the kit is a metallic ram air hood, a new front fascia, side skirts, and a rear diffuser.

2020 Carroll Shelby Signature Series Mustang

2020 Carroll Shelby Signature Series Mustang

“The body was widened with high-quality aluminum fenders to create a square footprint,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American’s R&D chief. “The fit and finish are unbelievable, making it as stunning at rest as it is in motion on the road or track.”

If all of this sounds good to you, pricing for the Carroll Shelby Signature Series Mustang starts at $127,795 and only 50 examples are planned for North America. A limited number will be built by select Shelby distributors internationally.

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825 hp and available manual? Sign us up! Shelby Signature Series | Journal

The all new 825 hp Shelby Signature Mustang

The 2020 model Carroll Shelby Signature Series Ford Mustang will be introduced by Shelby American at the National Automobile Dealer Association Show in Las Vegas on February 14. It is the only sports car in the world available in new car dealer showrooms with a choice of convertible or fastback, automatic or manual transmission, and 825 street-legal horsepower. A total of 50 limited-edition sports cars will be available. Several are already spoken for.

Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American, is quite excited about the new creation, “The limited edition 2020 Carroll Shelby Signature Series Mustang is the ultimate combination of exceptional design and amazing brawn. From its refined, yet functional styling to its poised handling and awesome power, this is the most polished performance car in Shelby American’s history. With its performance capabilities, this Shelby is the automotive equivalent to a champion ultimate fighter who looks as good in a tux as he performs in the ring.”

The Shelby American team spent the past two years carefully engineering and refining the car to create a vehicle worthy of Carroll Shelby’s name. They worked closely with Ford Performance and other partners on the new vehicle.

The Shelby Signature Series Mustang features a Shelby-specific tuned suspension, up to 825 horsepower, high flow exhaust and new brakes. The car’s bodywork may be the element most noticed by enthusiasts.

“The body was widened with high quality aluminum fenders to create a ‘square’ footprint,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American vice president of operations and chief of R&D. “This allows the one-piece forged Monoblock wheels and Ford Performance tuned MagneRide suspension to maximize the incredible power churned out by the supercharged 5.0-liter motor. The metallic ram air hood, front fascia and bodywork were all carefully sculpted to both tame the air and dramatically drop under hood temperatures. The fit and finish are unbelievable, making it as stunning at rest as it is in motion on the road or track.”

The new model will be shown for the first time in the Shelby Tuscany exhibit at NADA from February 14-16. All 50 super cars will be identified by special badging and will be listed in the official Shelby Registry. The cars can be ordered in any standard 2020 Ford Mustang colors.
“There are many aspects to performance, which is why we addressed every aspect of the car,” said Patterson. “We spent enormous energy to maximize speed, reliability and consistency. These enhancements will enable the Signature Series Shelby to perform flawlessly lap after lap and mile after mile.”

The mighty 825 horsepower V8 will begin at $127,795 MSRP, including a well optioned Ford Mustang. The car comes with a 3 year/36,000-mile warranty.

The Carroll Shelby Signature Series Ford Mustang will be available through select Shelby dealers across North America. A limited number will be built by select Shelby mod shops and distributors internationally. Individuals interested in these or any other Shelby vehicle can visit their local dealer or go to Shelby Signature Series Mustang.

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1965 Ford Shelby GT350R continuation car built by original Shelby crew visit’s Jay Leno’s Garage

There are plenty of companies out there building continuation versions of original Shelby Mustangs under license, but only one is run by original crew members who worked at Shelby American more than half a century ago.

The crew consists of Peter Brock, Jim Marietta and Ted Sutton, and together with Shelby historian Randy Richardson they’ve formed the new company Original Venice Crew. The company’s name is a nod to Shelby’s original headquarters in Venice, California, and the first product is a continuation version of the 1965 Ford Shelby GT350 Competition, a car more commonly referred to as the Shelby GT350R.

It turns out Shelby had actually named the car a GT350 Competition, but because Shelby’s race cars featured an “R” in their VINs, everyone referred to it as the “R model” and over the years this morphed into the GT350R name we know today. That’s just one of the original stories you’ll learn about the car in the latest video from the Jay Leno’s Garage YouTube channel, which features Marietta and Sutton with a prototype.

L to R: Peter Brock, Ted Sutton and Jim Marietta

So how did this project come about? Marietta was just a teen when he joined Shelby in the early 1960s. At the age of 71, he came up with the idea of rebuilding the GT350 Competition. Fortunately he was still in contact with Brock and Sutton, and when Richardson joined, OVC then developed a business plan and took it to Shelby to see if the modern company would be interested in licensing, producing and selling the continuation car. Fortunately, the answer was yes. As with the original, only 36 OVC Shelby Competition continuation cars will be built, including this prototype. There’s no word if any build slots are still available.

The goal was to make the GT350 Competition continuation as faithful and authentic to the original as they reasonably could, right down to using original ’65 Mustang chassis. OVC’s Shelby GT350 Competition isn’t exactly the same as the original, though. In addition to a handful of modern safety items, the company implemented some designs envisioned by Brock but never used back in the day because Brock had to leave the project for an assignment in Europe. These include an original Shelby-designed independent rear suspension, disc brakes all around, and a flat rear windshield.

There’s also more power…a lot more power. The original might have been good for 306 horsepower, but these OVC-fortified 289-cubic inch V-8s crank out 440 horses. The transmission is a Borg Warner “side loader” 4-speed manual, the carburetor an air-filterless 4-barrel Holley, and every bushing and bearing in the car is all new. The original speedometer and dash binnacle are replaced with a racy array of period-looking Stewart-Warner gauges. Very cool.

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