The Ford Shelby GT350 Mustang has won a 2017 “Best Resale Value” award from Kelley Blue Book in the high-performance car category. Not that you’d ever dare sell yours if you had one.
For 2017, Ford improved upon an already-great Shelby GT350 by granting it standard MagneRide magnetorheological dampers, transmission and differential coolers, an aluminum strut brace, and everything else that was offered with the now-defunct Track Pack. It still offers the same awesome, 5.2-liter “Voodoo” V8, which cranks out more than 100 horsepower per liter thanks to a stratospheric, 8,250-RPM redline and an exotic flat-plane crankshaft.
It’s likely the very knowledge that the Shelby GT350’s Voodoo V8 is such a special, limited-time engine that keeps resale values high – although as we learned last December, the model will continue through at least the 2018 model year. Ford’s decision to use a flat-plane crank in the limited-production V8 engine was big news, as this crankshaft design more frequently associated with high-priced exotics from the likes of Ferrari than with an “everyman’s” sportscar like the Ford Mustang.
Kelley Blue Book’s Best Resale Value awards are given based on projected residual values during the initial 5-year ownership period. Those projections are informed by statistical models incorporating data from millions of car sales.