Unique GT500 Cobra Built to Honor Carroll Shelby

By Charlie S.

As a tribute to the late Carroll Shelby, a beloved icon of automotive design, Ford has produced a unique 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra that sports an astounding 850 horsepower.

Shelby, who passed away earlier this year, was legendary for his integral role in the creation and evolution of performance vehicles like the Cobra, GT40 and Mustang. He continued to be involved in certain performance Ford projects throughout his life.

Even at the age of 88, he spent more than five hours driving the most powerful production Mustang ever built, the 2013 Shelby® GT500, during engineering validation sessions at Sebring and the Ford Arizona Proving Grounds in late 2011.

This unique tribute car was unveiled at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, where Cobra was the marque of show for 2012. Ford worked with Friends of Shelby, which includes companies like Ford Racing and Shelby Automotive, in the production of the car.

Using the incredibly powerful 662-horsepower 2013 Shelby GT500 as a foundation, this exceptional Cobra wide-body Mustang generates more than 850 horsepower with the help of a Ford Racing 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger.

Putting that much power to the ground requires plenty of traction, so the car’s 13-inch-wide rear wheels are wrapped in massive 345-section high-performance tires for extra grip. Other unique features include a specially designed hood, a new rear wide-body kit, Shelby Wilwood brakes and unique 20 inch wheels.

The bodywork is finished in the same iconic Guardsman Blue with Wimbledon White stripes that graced so many of the Cobra roadsters built in the 1960s.

For those interested in seeing this unique vehicle in person, the car will be embarking on a tour around the country, so keep an eye out for dates and locations near you.

If you’ve ever driven a Ford that was designed or influenced by Carroll Shelby, it must have left an impression on you. Share your memories of that unforgettable ride with us at Your Stories .
T C 09/29/2012
A great car to honour a great man. Carroll Shelby was a legend, last of the great car guys.
Zach P 09/20/2012
I have always looked up to Carrol Shelby. Ever since I read about some of his stories, mostly about mustangs.
09/11/2012
I grew up in a Mustang family, with a 64 dark green hardtop, then a 1969 DSO black on black on black convertible, and eventually one day to be my car (bought from MOM) another B/B/B 1973 convertible with the new body style. Although not a Mach 1, it still moved when trotted out!

I had to sell it on consignment at a used car/auto re-seller in Houston, Texas in 2001, due to no funds to restore the ragtop and rust bucket body (NY is tough on Ponys) at the time.

I fully regret this fateful decision, but would like to know if there is that special someone down yonder in Texas that is the lucky new owner of my lost treasure. I await your response to my search.

You are only the third owner, and you will be able to tell me all about the car, since you probably belong to the Houston Mustang Club. I still have the original front grille's running Mustang, and maybe the original title too! If you can name the consignment lot, date of purchase and something very particular about the interior, I will know you are now the proud driver of this unique type of 1973 Mustang.

My mom has since passed, but during her lifetime, she only saw two exactly colored and featured cars as hers, and my Black Stallion, as I called it.

I would like to see a photo of my pride and joy that I used to race all around the back roads of Stony Point, NY back in the day! My younger sister got the 1969 Mustang, but her local mechanic convinced her to sell it to him for only $300, after he told her the engine was shot.

I have a feeling there is a beautifully restored Pony galloping down the roads of the Utica, NY area to this day! Her loss, and his gain.

I'm hoping to reconnect with my Pony throught this sitem, and will be contacting the consignment seller, as well as the Houston Mustang Club. Hope to hear from y'all soon! Jeannine Dacre
patty s 09/10/2012
The two Ponies I owned were the 75 Limited Ed. Mustang II Ghia! She was the sexiest black, 1/2-black vinyl roof & thos girlie Opera Windows. Then I got my 77 - Black on Black again, deep dish alum. w/all the fixins' of my 75. When I sold it - my greatest memories clocked at 350,000 mi.!!! . Ford - why do you always forget the LADY cars? Dress that V8 back to that smooth sexy sharp Ghia - Hey - One for the Ladies, we? TY, Member of the Ford Family, Roanoke, Va......wink-wink
Stephen E 08/30/2012
Shelby was one of a kind. And with the way the world is going, he will be the last. PS,DAMN nice car!
willis fath 08/25/2012
850 horsepower im a mustang lover. to all those vette guys where's your corvette at now? dont under estimate carroll shelby and ford they will get ya when you least expect it. fords the best i think you know the rest.
08/25/2012
When I went to glen oaks c c had the honor of rebuilding a 289 Hi Po . The engine ended up in a 68 mustang fastback. The horsepower and handling turned me into a high speed maniac.I decided to sell the car rather than get killed in it .GOD BLESS CARL SHELBY.to know the feeling. PHILIP ALAN REEDY
stan zoellner 08/25/2012
Carol Shelby has definitely left his mark, he was as much of a visionary to the auto industry as anyone, his achievements are quite extraordinary and some were industry firsts . His legacy is his cars, industry standards of performance and his charity's. I hope that the people that are left to carry his torch do all they can to keep Shelby American a viable source to carry forward all Carol has done and what would have been had he lived longer. I have dreamed of owning a Shelby vehicle since I can remember and finally after forty plus years have ordered a new GT500, in closing I say Thank you Carol, from a car enthusiast.
JIM S 08/25/2012
LOVE YOUR COMMERCIALS. PRESENTS AMERICA. THE "DIRTY JOBS" GUY DOES A GREAT JOB REPRESENTIUNG THE BRAND TO AMERICA MEN APPEAL AS WELL FEMALE APPEAL - KEEP IT UP!
Andrea Cristiano M 08/25/2012
Thats incredible! In a few years I will add this to my Mustang collection an insane GT500!
Ken Sr 08/25/2012
I don't know who picked the cars but, how could you leave out Sweepstakes?? If it wasn't for this single racing car, there would be NO Ford Motor Company. Where's the Model T? If it wasn't for the things that happened early on we might all be driving other brands, and I shudder to think that. I also agree with Jeff Larson who made the comment about the Ford GT's at Le Mans. If it wasn't for a Ford racing car in some shape or another, there might not have been the success of the company as we know. I own three. '85 Escort GT Turbo, '86 SVO Mustang, and a '98 SVT Contour. God bless Henry Ford.
joann parese 08/25/2012
i had a new 69 mustang years ago ! love the new look!!!! j.p.
Bob Brown 08/24/2012
Back in the early 1950s my Dad owned a 1936 Phaeton. I'll never forget riding in that car. One particular trip was from Elmira, N.Y., where I was born, to a car show, in mid-fall, in Troy, PA. It was a cool day, so my Mom insisted I take my snowsuit, leggings, hat, mittens and all. My Dad even thought that was a little extreme. But as Mom's always do, she had one of those premonitions. On the way back the temperature dropped into the 20s, and it snowed steadily for the whole trip back home. Dad past away a couple of years ago, but I still like pulling out all those pictures of the old Fords he owned over the years. The 1936 Phaeton though, will always have a special place in my heart.
Bob Brown 08/24/2012
Back in the early 1950s my Dad owned a 1936 Phaeton. I'll never forget riding in that car. One particular trip was from Elmira, N.Y., where I was born, to a car show, in mid-fall, in Troy, PA. It was a cool day, so my Mom insisted I take my snowsuit, leggings, hat, mittens and all. My Dad even thought that was a little extreme. But as Mom's always do, she had one of those premonitions. On the way back the temperature dropped into the 20s, and it snowed steadily for the whole trip back home. Dad past away a couple of years ago, but I still like pulling out all those pictures of the old Fords he owned over the years. The 1936 Phaeton though, will always have a special place in my heart.
Susan H 08/24/2012
I am envious, I have always wanted this car but never had the $$ to get one, so I am so proud to see the accomplishments of the Family of Fords. I now have a 2012 Focus Titanium which I love to show off in. Most guys are set back when they see a 57 yr young grandma get out from behind the wheel. I had a 1972 Mach 1 back in the day and wish I still had it, but I loved to race it and well the rest I will not tell. Ford has come along way from the days of my motor heads. My wish is to have that Mach 1 again someday. Hay Ford do you think you can do something about my request? LOL . Your the best, don't lose site of what the people want. So far so good. I am proud to say I am a Ford owner. I will never go anywhere else your in my blood.From the days of my Pinto to Mach1 to my Focus, your # 1 . Ford tough, Thanks for the best cars I've ever had.
Jerry de la rosa 08/24/2012
My AWESOME...green 1997 XLT Ford Ranger
and my grey 1973 MUSTANG Adorable!
John 08/24/2012
What about the European, and in particular British Fords? I am thinking about RS Escort winning World Rally Championship, RS Cosworth Sierra winning saloon racing championship and so on. This is the World Wide Web..right?
James T 08/24/2012
The Ford GT 40 was a game changer, but from an historial point of view the car that has done most for this nation had to be the Model T. It got this country on wheels to being with and put the horse in the barn. Now, 1955 and 1957 Ford Country Squires were my favorits. I was only 8 when my parents bought the 55 and 10 when they bought the '57.
Brad B 08/24/2012
Hey Ford ! That ain't your Great Grand Dad's Mustang ! As Remarked in other comments "Well Done!".
Rick L 08/23/2012
DO WANT!
Jeff Larson 08/23/2012
In 1966, The Ford GT 40 won the 24 Hours Of Le Mans and also came in second and third places. This tremedous feat has not been lost on the motoring public.

the Ford GT should have been in your survey. Particularly since the Ford GT was chosen to be the "Pace Car for the Company" in celebration of Ford's 100th anniversry.

I won a 2006 "modern" Ford GT, and love it. Currently it has 94,000 miles on the odemeter and has been driven in all 48 lower U.S. states and through 6 Canadian provinces.

Fun to own and drive and a trouble free supercar Just love it!

I own a 2006 "modern" Ford GT.
Dwight F 08/23/2012
well first Carroll Shelby is the BEST and will be and to go with the mustang is the BEST and I have the first mustang to go 700.500. miles the Mustang is the Best car Thank you
Stephen B 08/23/2012
Amazing, Take that ZL1 Camaro! Ford is running the industry again! Now all we need is a new Ford GT to school the Corvett.. Again
Unique GT500 Cobra Built to Honor Carroll Shelby
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