Why You Probably Won't be Able to Buy a 2015 Shelby GT350
Want a brand-spanking new Shelby GT350 or GT350R on your driveway? Well, that’s probably not going to happen – at least not this year.
Ford has announced that it will only produce 100 2015 GT350s and 37 track-focused GT350Rs to commemorate the iconic nameplate’s 50th birthday. If you aren’t one of the lucky few, production officially ramps up in 2016.
Ford expects the limited-run 2015 models will be “highly coveted by both Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts alike.” No word on whether the estimated $52,995 sticker price will see an enthusiastic jump as well.
Back in 1965, there was some confusion as to how many FIA-homologated racing GT350s the late Carroll Shelby produced; Shelby said he made two prototypes and 35 production models while records only state 34 production models. Ford will side with Shelby in producing the 37 GT350R models in his memory, and of the 100 GT350s for 2015, half will feature the Technology Package with the remaining adopting the Track Package.
The GT350 features the most powerful naturally-aspirated engine Ford has ever built for production. With around 525 hp deriving from a 5.2-liter flat-plane-crank V-8, it’s sure to cause quite a rumble among the motoring world. For most, though, that rumble won’t arrive until next year.
This article originally appeared on Yahoo.