Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street

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When Ford wanted to add some spice to its new Mustang pony car in the mid-1960s, it turned to the talented, colorful, and opinionated Texan Carroll Shelby, who was then building the high-performance, Ford-powered Cobra racing sports car . The result: the Shelby Mustang GT350, perhaps the definitive performance Mustang of the muscle car era.

Ford released its newest Mustang in 2005, the first truly all-new Mustang since 1979, returning the model to the spotlight. The most-talked-about versions of the new Mustang have been those with the Shelby name. Shelby himself was directly involved in defining what is the most powerful factory-produced Mustang ever. This up-to-the-minute history from award-winning authors Randy Leffingwell and David Newhardt traces the Shelby Mustang story from the early Shelby American cars built in a converted airplane hangar in Southern California to the 2010 version of the new Shelby Mustang.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Hemmings Muscle Machines, May 2006“[Leffingwell and Newhardt] have collaborated several times before, and this is a very strong effort from both of them, with loads of excellent details, interviews and detailed original photography. There’s also quite a lot of history to set the tone, with extensive coverage of the GT40 and AC Cobra – which aren’t exactly Mustangs, but are useful for context. It’s even got a useable index, thank God.”, Dec. 14, 2005 “Randy Leffingwell’s 186-page work is a quick read due in large part to David Newhardt’s fabulous photographs of some of the rarest Shelby Mustangs in existence, some from Carroll Shelby’s personal collection. You’ll probably want to put a clear plastic sheet over the book as you read, so you don’t get drool spots on the pages.” 

The Shelby American, No. 75

“You can never get enough photos – especially rich, color shots spread across a full page (and sometimes a page and a half) in a large format book. Or close-up detail shots of things you miss when looking at the overall car … This is where the book shines. To sum it up, this book deserves a place on your book shelf. After you have read the text and thumbed through the photos, you’ll put this book away, and then you will find yourself bringing it out six months later to have another look. And you know what? You won’t be bored.”



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780760339459
  • Publisher: Motorbooks
  • Publication date: 2/7/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 698,118
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Newhardt is one of the best automobile photographers working today and has provided photography for best-selling Motorbooks titles Muscle: America’s Legendary Performance Cars, Corvette: Fifty Years, Mustang: Forty Years, Mopar Muscle: Fifty Years, and Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street. He lives in Walworth, Wisconsin.

Randy Leffingwell wrote his first book, American Muscle, in 1989 while still on staff at the Los Angeles Times. Since then, he has authored another 47 titles for Motorbooks and its sister publisher Voyageur Press, including his most recent Complete Book of Porsche 911 and Corvette 60 Years. He has just finished Porsche 911: Fifty Years, a reexamination of the 911 story based on nearly two dozen new interviews. He lives in southern California, about 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Learn more about him on his website:

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Table of Contents

Introduction 2
Chapter 1 Total Performance Powered by Ford: 1960 - 1964, The Early Days 4
Chapter 2 Home from Europe to Turn the Mustang into a Racer: 1964-1965 40
Chapter 3 Buy One or Rent One: 1966 60
Chapter 4 Styling Breaks Rules and Engines Get Bigger: 1967 88
Chapter 5 KR Stands for "King of the Road": 1968 108
Chapter 6 Powered by Ford, Built by Ford: 1969 130
Chapter 7 The Era Ends: 1970 154
Chapter 8 The Legend Returns: 2005 and Beyond 168
Index 184
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2012

    Shelby mustangs are named after a man named Shelby and thats my name andbi a girl

    I love the cars not just because thay have the same name as me but because they are fast and fun to ried in my papaw has one and it is good condison for how long he has had it it is so cool. Now ONALY IF HE LET ME HAVE A RIED IN IT!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    The great history of Carrol Shelbys cobra

    This book will give u the best info of the 1 of a kind shelby cobra

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Im a 13 yr old girl and i LOVE mustangs!

    My fav: A Pink GT 500 Ford Shelby Mustang

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    It is cool

    It is cool

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    Posted September 21, 2013

    To madi

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    Posted February 7, 2011

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