The Mustang world was forever changed, with the release of the Shelby GT350 in 1967. The GT350, along with the GT500, ultimately served as one of the most formidable performance cars of the decade. In fact, Mustang’s of GT-series lineage was highly sought after for on-track use and were often seen dueling it out with Chevrolet Camaros of a similar vintage.
As time passed, the popularity surrounding the Shelby GT350 and GT500 only grew, reaching a fever pitch prior to the line’s discontinuation during the early 1970s. Over the next several decades, the ”Shelby GT” moniker was revived on numerous occasions, each to immense fanfare. During the earliest years of the new millennium, Shelby American and Ford again partnered to bring forth a number of new high-performance Mustangs, many of which becoming every bit as Classic as the Shelby offerings of yesteryear.
Of these recent Shelby American productions, few have gained as much notoriety as the 2019 Shelby GT. In fact, this highly-modded Mustang is commonly referred to as being one of the most enjoyable of all Shelby productions to drive, due to its ample power and highly refined handling properties.
50-Plus Years In The Making
After more than 50-years of Mustang design and modification, Shelby American has become quite adept at meeting the needs and desires of the avid performance enthusiast. This is a fact that became abundantly clear, upon the release of the 2019 Shelby GT.
Beneath its hood, the Shelby GT harbored a 480 horsepower, Ford 5.0-liter V8. This powerplant was fitted with a minimally restrictive Borla cat-back exhaust kit, which served as the catalyst behind much of its performance potential.
For those craving additional output, an optional Ford Performance supercharger was also available. When fed utilizing forced induction, the Shelby GT’s 5.0-liter engine produced up to 700 horsepower.
When ordering the Shelby GT, consumers could choose between a 10-speed automatic transmission and a manual 6-speed gearbox. The former of these two transmissions were chosen to enhance the overall driving experience associated with the Shelby GT, while the latter remained a favorite of performance purists.
The Shelby GT also received a number of steering/suspension-related upgrades, including the addition of revised springs, sway bars, and caster/camber plates. Additionally, the cars of consumers opting for the “Heritage” package, were also outfitted with high-performance shocks/struts.
Looking The Part
In true Shelby form, the 2019 GT also underwent a number of cosmetic revisions. Some of the most notable of these revisions included the use of a custom vented hood, new spoiler, revised tail light panel, and redesigned rocker panels. The GT was also the recipient of traditional Shelby striping, as well as custom badging.
Inside, the Shelby GT featured embroidered floor mats and seatbacks, as well as custom “Shelby” trim accents. The authenticity of every GT was denoted by a sequential placard, affixed to the car’s dash.
A Modern Classic
In many ways, the 2019 Shelby GT was every bit as classic as a number of the storied Mustangs before it. This custom Shelby creation was not only quite powerful in terms of overall output, but by all accounts, a true joy to drive as well. Those lucky enough to own a 2019 Shelby GT are likely to find that the collectibility of their car skyrockets over the decades to come.
2019 Shelby GT Specifications
420 lb-ft torque
Quarter Mile Time
$66,345 GT-H Model
Available Exterior Colors
The 2019 Shelby GT was available in Performance Blue, Kona Blue, Magnetic, Orange Fury, Oxford White, Race Red, Ruby Red, Shadow Black, and Velocity Blue. The Heritage model was available in Black or White with Gold stripes.
Available Interior Colors
The 2019 Shelby GT interior was available in Ebony with dark slate accents.