No not that 350GT, the one from 2011, the one you’ve all forgotten about.
Shelby’s love affair rekindled with the 2006 Mustang, bringing back legends like the GT500 and Hertz special. However, it wasn’t until the rebirth of Ford’s 5.0 in the 2011 Mustang that the GT350 became a possibility.
The goal wasn’t to make this another retro mustang tribute. This car was going to be totally different. Shelby touched every body panel on the car, making it strikingly different than your stuck Mustang GT. Who designed the car? None other than Larry Wood. Yes, that Larry Wood.
Every single GT350 began life as a stock GT, just like the old days. Once you bought your new Mustang, you could send it to Shelby in Vegas. Then Shelby’s magic happens, upgrading the brakes, suspension, exhaust, body panels... let’s see, what else?
Oh right, a Ford Racing Whipple Supercharger. This is Forced Induction Friday after all. In total, the Shelby 350GT put down 525 horses, compared to the stock GT’s 412. There was also an optional 624hp supercharger or even just a naturally aspirated version.
The finished product is nothing short of impressive. 0-60 sprints took 3.7 seconds. Three. Point. Seven.
That’s faster than the GT500. That’s on pace with the Super Snake, and also the 2011 Corvette Z06. That’s fast.
I remember first seeing one of these at a Father’s Day car show down in Rhode Island. The show attendants instructed the driver to park it up a grassy hill. I watched in horror as the slope consumed the lower chin splitter, which broke into two pieces. The owner laughed as he got out, retrieved the wreckage and threw it in the trunk. He looked at me and said “What can you do?”.
Needless to say, I immediately turned my focus on the parked car, and lost a tremendous amount of drool out of my mouth. You guys all know I’m a huge fan of your out-of-the-ordinary Mustangs, and this certainly is one of them.
This model is from Shelby Collectibles, and I scooped it up on Ebay for around $35. I believe they also released the car in red with white stripes, blue with white stripes, and black with silver stripes.
Since 2011, I can’t say I’ve seen or heard much about this version Mustang. I think the horsepower wars escalated quickly from here with the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger Hellcat. All in all though, we’ve seen some very special pony cars since the 5th gen Camaro returned in 2010.