And it pays homage to a long line of great performance Mustangs
Though you could call Ford’s decision to kill off every one of its cars besides the Mustang shortsighted, the automaker at least kept the nameplate with the richest history—and they’re not about to let anyone forget that. The words Shelby and Mustang have been linked since the early 1960s, and they’ve both adorned countless cars over the years. Today, the Blue Oval announced the most recent addition to its storied Shelby Mustang family tree. Meet the 2020 Shelby GT350 (and GT350R) Heritage Edition.
Built to, you guessed it, celebrate the Shelby Mustang’s heritage, it’s finished in Wimbledon White paint and features Guardsman Blue racing stripes—the classic Shelby racing livery, which looks fantastic. Why Ford doesn’t offer this color combo normally is beyond us.
The paint job and tape jobs mirror the look of the original Shelby GT350. The car comes to celebrate the 55th anniversary of Ken Miles testing the first-ever GT350—and solidifying himself as the right choice for the job at Le Mans—at Green Valley Raceway in Texas on February 14, 1965.
The 2020 cars include a host of improvements that make the GT350 better than ever. It recently went head to head with the new 911 Carrera S in a comparison test. We think it’s that good. The GT350R has long been a favorite of ours, and the 2020 car has received a few updates like a new steering rack, revised electric power steering settings, and a redesigned high-trail steering knuckle from the GT500.
Production of the Heritage Edition will be limited, and the fancy paint and stickers will relieve buyers of an extra $1,965 on top of the cost of a GT350 or its R counterpart. That’s a bargain when you consider Ford is happy to charge $10,000 for painted racing stripes on the new GT500. Dealerships are already taking orders, so if you’re interested in owning this piece of history, now’s your chance.