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Ford Revving Up to Celebrate Mustang’s 50th

But will an all-new pony car mark the upcoming anniversary?

by on Mar.26, 2013

The new Mustang logo marks the countdown to the pony car's golden anniversary.

Ford Motor Co. is saddling up to celebrate the 50th anniversary of that original “pony car,” the Mustang.

And it’s going to get plenty of help, with 50 different companies planning to join in for the celebration by producing a wide range of products meant to commemorate the special occasion, everything from Mustang-emblazoned jackets to watches to videogames.  They’ll use a new black-and-white logo featuring the familiar galloping horse over the words, “50 Years.”

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The Mustang is “a timeless statement,” contends Ford’s Chief Creative Officer J Mays, who oversaw the creation of the new logo – and who is playing a crucial role in the development of the next-generation Mustang expected to come to market sometime next year, closer to the official golden anniversary.

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New Shelby 1000 S/C Set to Shake up Big Apple

At 1,200 hp, modified Mustang charges into Bugatti territory.

by on Mar.25, 2013

Shelby pushes into Bugatti territory with the new 1000 S/C - at barely a 10th the price.

While the legendary Carroll Shelby may be gone, but the Las Vegas-based tuner house he launched some years back is determined to make sure his name lives on, as we’ll see at the New York Auto Show this week.

Just a year ago, Shelby American rocketed out its 950-horsepower Shelby 1000, but apparently that isn’t enough power for some of its fans. So, this year, its heading for New York’s Jacob Javits Center with an updated version of that modified Mustang designed to push into Bugatti Veyron territory.

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Shelby claims its new, $154,995 version will now make a fiery 1,200 horsepower out of its rebuilt 5.8-liter V-8, making it “the world’s most powerful street production muscle car.”

Declares John Luft, the president of Shelby American, “The 2013 Shelby 1000 incorporates everything we’ve learned over five decades of creating high-performance vehicles.”

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Family Settles Dispute Over Carroll Shelby Burial

“We want to get my dad in the ground.”

by on Jul.24, 2012

Swing low, sweet chariot....Carroll Shelby, shown here during his racing days, may soon be buried.

More than two months after his passing, legendary racer and raconteur Carroll Shelby is close to finding his final resting place – or, more accurately, resting places – as his widow and children settle the bitter dispute that had Shelby’s body held in a Dallas morgue since his May death.

The dispute centered around questions about who actually had the final say in the disposition of Shelby’s remains.  His children claimed to have had a signed directive that would have split Shelby’s remains between them and a burial plot in East Texas, where he was born.  Shelby’s sixth wife and widow, in turn, insisted she had power of attorney and that the document used by his three children was a forgery.

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Authorities in Dallas, where Shelby died, had suggested they might consider bringing charges in the case considering the potentially criminal claims being made.  But a settlement appears to sidestep that possibility and allow the one-time chicken farmer to finally be put to rest.  It calls for the body to be cremated and the ashes divided between his four survivors with one additional portion of the remains set aside for the burial plot.

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Carroll Shelby Dead at 89

Among auto legends he was one tall Texan.

by on May.14, 2012

Carroll Shelby with the Mustang that bears his name.

Slow was not part of his vocabulary.  Carroll Shelby operated at one of three speeds: fast, faster, fastest, and even a serious heart ailment failed to keep him down for very long.

The legendary automotive racer and raconteur passed away over the weekend after a lingering illness but, at 89, the tall Texan in the black hat lived far longer than he ever expected to — after getting a new heart and a variety of other transplants occasionally comparing himself to a battered old car.

Though he was many things in his nine decades – from winning racer to pilot to chicken farmer – the son of a Texas mailman was likely best known for lending his name to some of the fastest “pony” cars ever built, transforming the Ford Mustang into an icon of American muscle.

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Shelby American Rolls Out 950-hp Mustang

A real prancing pony.

by on Mar.27, 2012

The Shelby 1000 makes 950 hp on the street, 1,100 on the track.

When Carroll Shelby says he’s got a new muscle car on tap, take him seriously.  The legendary automotive raconteur’s latest take on the Mustang will deliver enough tire-squealing torque and horsepower to make gold-chained Ferraristas duck for cover.

That’s 950 hp, to be precise, only slightly less than the $1.4 million Bugatti Veyron ultracar makes.  And that’s for the street legal version of the Shelby 1000 that will take its bow at the New York Auto Show next week.  The track-ready pony car bumps the number all the way up to 1,100 horsepower.

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Since the former race car driver-cum-automotive entrepreneur first teamed up with Lee Iacocca, back in the mid-‘60s, Shelby has never shied away from the challenge of pumping a little more power out of a Mustang.  The latest offering takes things one very large step beyond the last Mustang upgrade from Shelby American, the GT500 Super Snake “only” able to make a measly 800 hp.

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