Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street

Shelby Mustang: Racer for the Street

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by Randy Leffingwell, David Newhardt
     
 

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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

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Overview

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.

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.”

SpeedTV.com, 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.”

 

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610597937
Publisher:
Motorbooks
Publication date:
02/11/2011
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
36 MB
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Meet the Author

Randy Leffingwell has blended his fascination with all things mechanical and his gift for writing to create several best-selling, award-winning books including Corvette: Fifty Years, Mustang: Forty Years, Porsche 911: Perfection by Design, and many others. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.

 

Acclaimed photographer and frequent Leffingwell collaborator David Newhardt lives in Pasadena, California. His work includes writing and photography for books, such as Mustang: 1964½–1973 and Firebird Trans Am, and photography for GTO: Pontiac’s Great One and many other Motorbooks titles.

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