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Ford and Shelby: A match made in history
23/11/19

MANILA, Philippines, 23 November 2019 – The first Ford Mustang was first unveiled on April 17, 1964 at the World’s Fair in New York and was an instant hit, with 22,000 orders placed on the first day. Sales reached one million in less than two years. How do you take an instantly classic muscle car and make it even cooler? You earn it racing credentials. 

In 1965, Carroll Shelby, a legendary Le Mans Race champion, wanted to combine the power of a compact American V8 engine with the chassis of a light, but sophisticated European sports car. At the same time, Ford Motor Company, under the leadership of Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca, wanted to create a racing division and start producing performance vehicles. Their partnership would ultimately result in several Le Mans championships for Ford and one of the most iconic cars in automotive history. 

More than 50 years later, collectors around the world are competing with each other to find and own a piece of that history.   

Here are a few of the highlights from Ford’s progressive history with Shelby:

1965: The Mustang Shelby GT350 is released. The first mass-produced car that could go straight from the showroom to the racetrack, the GT350 would dominate the racing scene for the next three years.

1967: The Shelby GT500 is released and comes equipped with a 7.0L “Cobra Le Mans” engine, the same engine Ford’s racing team used to win the top three places in the 1966 Le Mans Race. 

1968: The Shelby Cobra GT350 and Shelby Cobra GT500 are released and feature shorter hoods and redesigned grilles, which give them a distinctive shark-like appearance. 

2007: Between 1969 and 2007, the partnership between Ford and Shelby was on hiatus, but 2007 marked the return of the GT500. The GT500 was the result of a collaboration between Ford’s performance team and Carroll Shelby. 

2011: To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the first Ford Mustang Shelby, a new GT350 was released, featuring a 5.0L V8 engine that made it even faster than the 2011 GT500. 

2020: Ford is set to launch the Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful production Mustang ever built. 

When the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is released, it will mark another milestone in the historic relationship between Ford Motor Company and Shelby American. 

This amazing feat of automotive engineering is the result of a relationship that goes back more than 50 years and one that came to make the Ford and Shelby names synonymous with performance.

MANILA, Philippines, 23 November 2019 – The first Ford Mustang was first unveiled on April 17, 1964 at the World’s Fair in New York and was an instant hit, with 22,000 orders placed on the first day. Sales reached one million in less than two years. How do you take an instantly classic muscle car and make it even cooler? You earn it racing credentials. 

In 1965, Carroll Shelby, a legendary Le Mans Race champion, wanted to combine the power of a compact American V8 engine with the chassis of a light, but sophisticated European sports car. At the same time, Ford Motor Company, under the leadership of Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca, wanted to create a racing division and start producing performance vehicles. Their partnership would ultimately result in several Le Mans championships for Ford and one of the most iconic cars in automotive history. 

More than 50 years later, collectors around the world are competing with each other to find and own a piece of that history.   

Here are a few of the highlights from Ford’s progressive history with Shelby:

1965: The Mustang Shelby GT350 is released. The first mass-produced car that could go straight from the showroom to the racetrack, the GT350 would dominate the racing scene for the next three years.

1967: The Shelby GT500 is released and comes equipped with a 7.0L “Cobra Le Mans” engine, the same engine Ford’s racing team used to win the top three places in the 1966 Le Mans Race. 

1968: The Shelby Cobra GT350 and Shelby Cobra GT500 are released and feature shorter hoods and redesigned grilles, which give them a distinctive shark-like appearance. 

2007: Between 1969 and 2007, the partnership between Ford and Shelby was on hiatus, but 2007 marked the return of the GT500. The GT500 was the result of a collaboration between Ford’s performance team and Carroll Shelby. 

2011: To commemorate the 45th anniversary of the first Ford Mustang Shelby, a new GT350 was released, featuring a 5.0L V8 engine that made it even faster than the 2011 GT500. 

2020: Ford is set to launch the Mustang Shelby GT500, the most powerful production Mustang ever built. 

When the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 is released, it will mark another milestone in the historic relationship between Ford Motor Company and Shelby American. 

This amazing feat of automotive engineering is the result of a relationship that goes back more than 50 years and one that came to make the Ford and Shelby names synonymous with performance.

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www.corporate.ford.com.

Contact:

EJ Francisco
AVP, Communications
Ford Philippines

efranc36@ford.com

About Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is a global company based in Dearborn, Michigan. The company designs, manufactures, markets and services a full line of Ford cars, trucks, SUVs, electrified vehicles and Lincoln luxury vehicles, provides financial services through Ford Motor Credit Company and is pursuing leadership positions in electrification, autonomous vehicles and mobility solutions. Ford employs approximately 196,000 people worldwide. For more information regarding Ford, its products and Ford Motor Credit Company, please visit
www.corporate.ford.com.

Contact:

EJ Francisco
AVP, Communications
Ford Philippines

efranc36@ford.com