Fifty years ago Caroll Shelby changed UK motorways forever by teaming up with AC to produce the AC Cobra which, it is said, was responsible for Barbara Castle introducing the 70mph speed limits on motorways after AC used the new M1 to test the AC Cobra at speeds of up to 180mph.
To celebrate that anniversary (the AC Cobra, not the speed limit) Shelby has taken the already powerful Mustang GT500 – a car with 650bhp of American Muscle under the bonnet – and tweaked and fettled it to produce 937bhp for the road or a massive 1085bhp for the track and created the Shelby 1000 Mustang.
It seems Shelby hasn’t just endowed the Mustang with more power, they’ve also beefed up the suspension and brakes enough (hopefully) to cope with the almost Veyron levels of power on tap. Shelby has also had a fiddle with the aerodynamics on the Mustang 1000 with a new bonnet, front splitter and rear diffuser.
Each of the limited edition, numbered Shelby 1000 cars will cost $200,000 +tax (that’s £150k including vat at current exchange rates) or a mere £95k +tax if you’ve already got a Mustang GT500 and you want it uprated to Shelby 1000 spec. Seems a veritable bargain.
Shelby 1000 Mustang Photo Gallery
(10 photos – click any thumbnail for full gallery)