Shelby Automobiles is marking the 40th anniversary of the Shelby GT500 Mustang with a limited-edition package that includes performance upgrades and exterior modifications. The introduction of the anniversary package at SEMA coincides with the launch of the new Shelby Modification Center at the company’s headquarters.
The 40th Anniversary Limited Edition packages will be installed at SAI’s new modification center. Customers will deliver their GT500′s to SAI’ World Headquarters where each vehicle will be customized with the anniversary package.
“Our Mustang business has expanded rapidly through the development and production of the Shelby GT-H and the upcoming Shelby GT,” said Amy Boylan, President of Shelby Automobiles, Inc. “The mod center will allow us to do special exclusive cars for a limited group of customers and allow for continued research and development for mainstream production programs.”
“The Shelby GT500 has always had a mean street presence with power to back it up,” said Carroll Shelby, Chairman of Shelby Automobiles, Inc. “We’ve added more performance and more in your face looks to the most powerful factory Mustang ever built.”
A Shelby/Eibach coil-over suspension lowers the car by as much as 1.6 inches, and adds larger stabilizer bars for flatter cornering. Twenty-inch American Racing Shelby Razor wheels are optional.
A Shelby Signature Borla cat-back exhaust system boosts power. In the engine bay, Shelby fits billet-aluminum caps and covers for power steering, radiator, brake master cylinder, windshield washer fluid bottle and oil dipstick, as well as a consecutive number plate of authentication.
Exterior enhancements include a carbon-fiber lower front fascia splitter and mirror covers, aluminum hood grille inserts, sequential taillamps and front/rear brake duct kits. Anniversary badging is added, and convertible models get an anniversary stripe package.
A consecutively numbered dash plaque and 40th Anniversary Shelby door-sill plates with consecutive numbers are installed in the cabin, which also gets a center dash-mounted gauge cluster with three Carroll Shelby/Autometer carbon-fiber gauges (boost, oil and fuel pressure), Shelby snake door handles, a 40th Anniversary armrest cover, and for convertibles, a light bar with solenoid-activated light system.
Shelby GT500 40th Anniversary Parts List
All of the parts listed above will also be available for purchase separately, giving you an opportunity to add a bit of Shelby flair to your Mustang. “If you own a Shelby, you want to add Shelby parts to it.” says Amy Boylan, President of Shelby Automobiles. Through the new program, Shelby will have parts availale to enhance your GT500 ownership.
“We have designed the 40th Anniversary to honor the special legacy of the GT500 and provide a limited few a very special car,” said Boylan. “This limited edition package is only the first for the mod shop and the first upgrades from SAI for the GT500. There is much more to come.”