Carroll Shelby would have turned 100 this week. Though he passed in 2012, his legacy is as strong as ever, with the Shelby American performance company doing right by his namesake (and his mantra) by continuing to churn out incredibly powerful and coveted Ford products. The latest of which is the Shelby American Ford Mustang Centennial Edition, pictured. Only 100 of these 2023 model year Mustangs will be built, each one of them featuring a formidable 750 horsepower. And since you can no longer order a Mustang Shelby GT500, this is your next best option.
The Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Mustang package is priced from $49,995 USD, plus the Ford Mustang GT required to build it.
“The world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Carroll Shelby’s birth, recounting his many accomplishments,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American. “Though he had never flown before, he became one of the most skilled pilot instructors in the US Army Air Force. Carroll never took a single management class but created a successful team with some of the most talented drivers, development experts, fabricators and production people in the world. From his wins behind the wheel to his business successes and philanthropic initiatives, Carroll earned every victory.”
So, who was Carroll Shelby? Born in 1923, he grew up in eastern Texas during the Great Depression, never finished high school, and survived several business disappointments, before turning a profit in the exciting business of chicken farming. Eventually, he found himself in the seat of a race car. Shelby eventually became the second American driver to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans overall, also capturing America’s first FIA sports car world championship, and shared that greatness through his performance car company.
“Carroll never claimed to be an engineer, designer or mechanic,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “He believed he was best at putting people together. From the group of hot rodders he banded together to take on the world’s racing elite to the car company and Team Shelby club he founded, Carroll understood that motivated people can achieve almost anything.”
Each of the new Centennial Edition cars will include a donation to the Carroll Shelby Foundation.
Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Ford Mustang: Details
Based on the 2023 Ford Mustang GT, customers can choose a fastback or convertible with any 2023 model year paint in either a manual or automatic transmission. The package also comes with a black Stetson hat and a copy of the commemorative Shelby Centennial Book published by Team Shelby.
The Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Ford Mustang package is as follows:
Shelby Upper Grille
Shelby Side Rockers and Rocker Wings
Shelby-Spec Rear Spoiler
Shelby Tail Panel with Centennial Logo
Le Mans Over-the-top Black Vinyl Striping
Shelby Centennial Side Rocker Stripes
Shelby Centennial Emblems & Badges
Shelby CSM Numbered Dash and Engine Bay Plaque
Shelby-Spec Leather Interior Upgrade
Shelby Door Sill Plates
Shelby Floor Mats
750 horsepower Supercharged Coyote V8 with additional boost pressure gauge
Shelby Aluminum Extended Width Front Fenders
Shelby Satin Black 20″ x 11″ Wheels
Shelby-Spec 305/30/20 Performance Tires
Shelby Vented Hood
Shelby Performance Radiator
Shelby Under-Hood Fluid Cap Kit
Shelby by Borla Cat-Back Exhaust
Performance Sway Bars
Adjustable Caster / Camber Plates
Ford Performance-Pack Type OEM Brembo Front Calipers
Select dealers and Shelby mod shops worldwide will be authorized to sell the Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Ford Mustang.