A History of Shelby | Brownsville, TX

Named for automotive designer, entrepreneur, and driver Carroll Shelby, Shelby Mustangs are among the best-known vehicles in the United States, representing the apex of performance and engineering. Shelby later went on to form Shelby American, one of the world's premier manufacturers of performance vehicles. Shelby Mustangs are a special variant on the traditional Mustang, built from 1965 to 1970. In 2005, the Shelby nameplate was revived by Ford, and continues to this day with the recent 2020 GT500 and the Shelby F‑150.

Early Years of Racing

Carroll Shelby earned a reputation as one of the world's top racers in the 1950s, but he was often unimpressed with the unreliability of Ferrari, Maserati, Aston Martin, and Jaguar models. He started designing and customizing his own vehicles, first based on cars developed by AC Cars in Britain. Shelby proposed his designs to Ford in the 1960s, unveiling vehicles that could compete and win against the Corvette. Shelby would go on to win his first World Manufacturer's GT Championship in 1965, and would later dominate North American race events in his "Cobra" models.

The First Shelby Cobras

Shelby was especially drawn to the Mustang GT350 models, which were light and compact. The 1965 and 1966 Shelby Mustang GT350 models, nicknamed "Cobras," were equipped with a modified Windsor 289 cubic-inch HiPo K-Coed V8 engine that generated 306 horsepower and 329 lb-ft of torque. Equipped with a "Cobra hi-riser" intake manifold, a nine-inch live rear axle, and sport brakes, the GT350 came in a special Wimbledon White with Guardsman Blue paint scheme.

Bringing Back a Legend

While the Shelby Mustangs were discontinued by 1970, Ford brought back the special high-performance model in 2005. The Shelby CS6/8 had a special supercharged motor, a dropped suspension, and high-performance brakes. Today, you can find the third generation of Shelby models offered by Ford, including the 2020 Shelby GT500, which has a distinct 5.2-liter "Predator" V8 engine and a Tremec dual-clutch transmission. There's even a Shelby F-150, which is specially designed with a naturally aspirated 5.0-liter V8 engine that produces an impressive 750 horsepower.

Learn more about the history of the Shelby nameplate when you visit Tipton Ford today!

Tipton Ford Brownsville is proud to be the #1 Ford Tuscany dealer in Texas, and we have a special sales team dedicated to helping you choose and customize your Shelby F-150. Come by our South Texas dealership today, or call us at (866) 855-0319 to make an appointment to go over your options and place an order.


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