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2023 Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Mustang Revealed

Carroll Shelby – a name that grew synonymous with Ford performance over the years thanks to his monumental motorsports efforts and many fortified Blue Oval-based builds – passed away back in 2012, but his legacy lives on to this day in the form of not only official Ford products – but also the company that bears his name – Shelby American. That particular outfit celebrated its own 60th anniversary last year with the launch of the latest Shelby GT500KR, based on the S550-gen Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. Now, that same organization is celebrating 100 years since its namesake’s birth with the debut of another special model – the 2023 Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Mustang.

The 2023 Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Mustang is based on the last model year for the S550 – or more specifically, the GT, powered by the Ford 5.0L V8 Coyote engine. As one might imagine, Shelby treated that powerplant to a major upgrade in the form of a Whipple supercharger, which enables it to crank out a healthy 750 horsepower while breathing through a Borla cat-back exhaust. Buyers can choose from either a six-speed manual transmission or 10-speed automatic, to boot.

Underneath, the Shelby Centennial Edition Mustang gets performance springs and sway bars, adjustable caster and camber plates, and a set of Ford Performance/Brembo front brake calipers. In terms of looks, it’s easy to differentiate this offering from other special pony cars thanks to its widened aluminum front fenders, Shelby upper grille, side rockers and rocker wings, rear spoiler, over-the-top satin vinyl stripes, vented hood, black 20-inch Shelby wheels, and 305/30 tires, while buyers can choose any OEM exterior color they wish.

As one might imagine, Centennial badging is present all over this pony car, inside and out, while the leather interior also features unique door sill plates, floor mats, and embroidered headrests. Just 100 of these special Mustangs will be produced in total starting in Q2 of this year, with pricing starting out at $49,995 – sans the donor car. However, buyers do get a couple of cool perks for that money, including a black Stetson hat – just like Shelby used to wear – and a Carroll Shelby centennial book, to boot.

We’ll have more from Shelby American to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang news and non-stop Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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Comments

  1. Michael J Genzale

    Came of driving age in the mid 60s. First car was a 67 Mustang 289 convert, cause dad said a 428 Shelby GT was to much car for a first car. Hmmm probably saved my butt. 20 years later I finally got my 67 GT 500.
    Shelby, you were definitely ‘the man!”

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  2. Robert T Arthur

    Racing stripes you can’t see and wheels that look like spare tires. Nothing to get excited about. I love my Maverick Lariat but I just got a Corvette and am selling my Mustang GT convertible that it bumped out of the garage.

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  3. UncleAL

    …looked like a great deal at $49,995…then I saw “sans donar car”……ooooooops…..I’ll keep my Challenger now……

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  4. Sidney White

    The Camaro Z/28 was the first car with 305mm wide tires at all four corners – in 2012, Chevrolet’s 100th anniversary. Those tires helped a Chevrolet test driver set a class record IN THE RAIN at Nürburgring that lasted a few days – until the Dodge Viper fanatics managed to break it, without rain.

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    1. Sidney White

      Correction: It was the 2014 Z/28, utilizing the LS7 505hp 427 ci NA engine that powered the 2012 Corvette Z06.

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