The 2008 Ford Shelby GT convertible will be
formally introduced to Shelby and Ford enthusiasts at the Mid-America
Ford Performance and Shelby Meet, which opens today in Tulsa, Okla.
“The Shelby GT was engineered for people
that put performance first,” said Carroll Shelby. “Working
with Ford Racing, we created this Shelby to be an everyday driver
that’s tuned for fun at the track. Those who value a well-balanced
package will appreciate it. Those who don’t will be left behind
staring at its tailpipes.”
In 2007, Ford Division, Carroll Shelby and Ford
Racing joined forces to create a retail version of The Hertz Corporation
Shelby GT-H coupe called the Shelby GT. Fewer than 6,000 total 2007
Shelby GTs were built and were only available in Performance White
For 2008, the highly-coveted Shelby GT is available
in a new paint combination of Vista Blue with Silver stripes and
the choice of two body styles, coupe or convertible.
“The Mustang convertible is the number
one selling convertible in the U.S.,” states Robert Parker,
Ford Division Car Marketing Manager. “Since t he Mustang program
never stands still, we wanted to continue offering consumers what
they want, and they told us it was a Ford Mustang Shelby GT convertible.
Shelby GT models begin life as a specially-equipped
Mustang GT assembled at the AutoAlliance International assembly
plant in Flat Rock, Mich. The cars are then shipped to the Shelby
Automobiles facility in Las Vegas for transformation before delivery
to Ford dealerships nationwide.
“The birth of the Ford Shelby GT was so
well received last year, especially by young enthusiasts, that we
brought the car back for the 2008 model year,” said Amy Boylan,
President of Shelby Automobiles. “The enormous response to
the Shelby GT-H convertible convinced us to offer a drop top Shelby
GT. And we had so many requests for blue that we decided to make
it our signature color in 2008.”