Shelby GT350 marks 50 years this year and to celebrate this, Ford has announced that it will release a limited run of the GT350 and GT350R variants. The original first generation of the car was introduced in 1965 and since then has been one of the most desired cars worldwide. It is also a synonym great performance, which has been proved on many racetracks through the years. The latest edition of the model is powered by the most potent naturally aspirated engine that Ford has ever produced.

Going into details, the company announced that it will produce only 100 Shelby GT350 with the 2015 model year designation. Half of them will be equipped as a standard with the Technology Package and the other half – with the Track Package.

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On the other hand, the pony car legend, which is 2015 Shelby GT350R, will be produced in 37 units. Behind this number, there is an interesting history that has happened 50 years ago. In 1965, Carroll Shelby created an FIA-homologated Mustang, which was dubbed Shelby GT350 competition model.

It competed on various track globally, showing its superpowers. Moreover, it won the Sports Car Club of America's B Production national championship in 1965, 1966 and 1967, as well as the different races throughout South America and Europe, and the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans is just a single instance.

The car got extremely limited production run and debates are still ongoing on how much examples were produced. Despite that Shelby made two prototype cars and 35 production ones, most records show only 34 production models with official serial numbers. For this reason, the GT350R models will be exactly 37 in memory of Carroll Shelby.

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In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Shelby GT350, Ford will build a limited run of Shelby GT350 and GT350R Mustangs for 2015.

The original Shelby GT350, introduced in 1965, established Mustang's performance credentials on racetracks around the world. The all-new Shelby GT350, featuring the most powerful naturally aspirated Ford production engine ever, re-establishes Mustang as a world-class sports car.

Only 100 Shelby GT350 models will feature a 2015 model year designation before production switches over to 2016. Of these, 50 will be equipped with the Technology Package and 50 equipped with the Track Package.

"Fans of the Shelby brand are among the most passionate in the automotive industry," said Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager. "To honor the passion of our fans for Shelby GT350's 50th anniversary, a limited run of GT350 models will be built in 2015; these cars will be highly coveted by both Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts alike."

2015 Shelby GT350R: Celebrating 50 years of a pony car legend In 1965, Carroll Shelby developed and sold an FIA-homologated Mustang called the Shelby GT350 competition model. This race-ready Mustang took to tracks around the world, competing in the most prestigious races and against the stiffest competition there was. In addition to winning the Sports Car Club of America's B Production national championship in 1965, 1966 and 1967, the car entered races throughout South America and Europe, including the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans.

There is heated debate among Shelby enthusiasts over how many 1965 GT350 competition models were built during the extremely limited production run. While Carroll Shelby insisted two prototype cars and 35 production models were built, most records show only 34 production models received serial numbers from the Shelby production facility.

For 2015, Ford will make sure there is no confusion about the number of GT350R models constructed; 37 cars will be built in Carroll Shelby's memory. 

Source: Ford