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Shelby Defines Excess With New 1000 Horsepower Mustang 28
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, Ford, Kurt, Shelby, Shelby 1000, Shelby American on 03 28th, 2012

The Shelby 1000. Image: Shelby American

When it comes to horsepower, how much is too much? Some would argue that Ford’s upcoming 2013 Shelby GT500, with its 650 horsepower off the showroom floor, already pushes the boundaries. Most would agree that Shelby American’s 800-horsepower Super Snake comes close to offering too much horsepower, but now comes word that the Nevada-based customizer has topped even that effort.

At the upcoming New York Auto Show, Shelby American will launch the Shelby 1000, a limited-production Mustang that delivers 950 horsepower in street trim (and on pump gas), or as much as 1,100 horsepower in a track-use-only version. Shelby starts by gutting the 5.4-liter V-8 engine, installing stronger internals and a larger blower. Next, the heads are worked to improve flow, then Shelby’s tuners go to work building unique fuel maps for the car, based on the type of gas you’ll be running.

As you’d expect, the car gets a beefier 9-inch rear end and a solid driveshaft, since getting that much power to the pavement through the rear wheels only will be challenging. If it was hard to launch an 800 horsepower Mustang, launching a car with 25-percent more power isn’t going to be any easier.

As is usually the case with anything wearing a Shelby badge, the price is astronomical. Once you’ve procured a 2012 Shelby GT500 donor (which should set you back around $50,000), Shelby American will charge you another $150,000 to build a limited production Shelby 1000 out of it. Options, for which there are plenty, only add to the price.

That’s serious money, even for a car that puts out four-digit horsepower, and we can’t help but wonder if it’s all about bragging rights. Limited by the size of the rear tires’ contact patch, we seriously doubt the Shelby 1000 will be significantly quicker than the Shelby Super Snake (or even the new Shelby GT500). If you can’t get the power to the ground, what difference does it make how much your engine puts out?

Shelby Commemorates 50 Years Of Cobras 25
Posted by Kurt Ernst in Automotive, News, Shelby, Shelby American, Shelby Cobra on 01 25th, 2011

The 50th Anniversary Cobra. Image: Shelby American

It’s hard to imagine, but it’s been fifty years since mad genius Carroll Shelby first blended the chocolate of the A.C. Ace body with the peanut butter of the Ford V8. The result was the Shelby Cobra, which would go on to be perhaps the most iconic automobile of all time. It’s certainly the most recreated, with aftermarket companies ready, willing and able to sell you anything from cheesy fiberglass over unibody kits to hand-hammered aluminum bodies over steel space frames. All those options have one thing in common: they may look like a Cobra, but they don’t come from Shelby.

Shelby American still builds Cobras as part of their continuation series. They’re sold as rollers, which allows Shelby American to bypass a whole lot of issues they’d rather not have to deal with (emission control, for example). Customers can add the engine and transmission of their choice, depending upon their budget and willingness to cheat death on a regular basis. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cobra, Shelby American has announced a limited production run of 50th Anniversary cars, all done in Shelby black with a wine colored leather interior and wire wheels. The cars get special Wilton Wool carpeting and 50th Anniversary commemorative badging, and each will get a serial number ranging from CSX8950 through CSX8999.

As you’d expect, the anniversary Cobras won’t come cheap. Prices (for a rolling body, sans engine and transmission) start at $69,995 for fiberglass bodied car and jump to $134,995 if you want one made from aluminum. There’s a good chance that these cars will appreciate, but buyer beware: in a lot of collectors eyes, these really aren’t the same thing as an “original” Cobra. Of course an original Cobra is so valuable that it can’t be driven on the street with any regularity, so maybe the best reason to buy a continuation Cobra isn’t for an investment. Interested? Check out the Shelby American website for details on ordering.

Source: Shelby American