Shelby American, a wholly owned subsidiary of Carroll Shelby International, just announced that its wide-body 2012 Shelby GT350 Mustang (serial #1) will cross the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on Saturday September 28, 2013 (Lot #750). Shelby American will also display some of its latest high performance vehicles during the event, and will offer Hot Lap rides to the public in the Shelby Focus ST, supercharged GTS and Shelby GT350 put on by Ford Motor Company.
“The Shelby GT350 is among the world’s most collectible modern muscle cars,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “Historically, the first car per model year was built for Carroll Shelby’s personal collection. He was especially keen to own a convertible built during Shelby American’s 50th anniversary. This very special Shelby GT350 wide-body is set to cross the block in our hometown during Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas. So we’re giving someone the chance to own this special piece of American history, just months before production of the legendary Shelby GT350 will end.”
Starting with a “small-block” 5.0L, the modern Shelby GT350 Mustang is light and nimble with a whole lot of power. This modernized Shelby GT350 has been enhanced to create a balanced pony car that rings true to the old-school 1960s GT350.
For the 2012 model year, several power options were available – naturally aspirated and two supercharged versions. Other options include a short-throw sifter, one-piece driveshaft, big powerful brakes, cooling enhancements, and exterior and interior styling upgrades. For the first time since the golden days, a convertible top was offered. This particular car going to auction is a supercharged convertible with an impressive 624 horsepower.
“We carefully documented the build of this car,” said Shelby American Vice President of Production Gary Davis. “Carroll was very excited about the new wide body option, so that was included on this car. It’s the first 2012 GT350 serial number from our anniversary year. It is a very special car.”
You can still order a 2012-2014 model year Shelby GT350 through the end of 2013 with the last day being December 31st. Starting on January 1st, the GT350 chapter will close. Production will continue as always for the Shelby GTS, GT500 Super Snake, Shelby 1000, Shelby Raptor and Shelby Focus ST.
Feel free to build Your Dream Shelby. Customers interested in a Shelby GT350 can also contact the Shelby American sales department at 702/942-7325 or go to www.shelbyamerican.com.
Thank you to Shelby American for the photos.