750HP Centennial Edition Celebrates Carroll Shelby’s 100th Birthday

750HP Centennial Edition Celebrates Carroll Shelby’s 100th Birthday

On January 11, Carroll Shelby would have turned 100 years of age. Sadly, this automotive legend is no longer with us, but his automotive legacy still rumbles on in 2023. To celebrate this significant anniversary for its namesake founder, Shelby American developed a new vehicle package based on the latest Mustang GT that delivers 750 horsepower in a unique package.

This new, limited-edition car celebrates Carroll Shelby and honors his many achievements. Vince LaViolette, Shelby American

“The world is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Carroll Shelby’s birth, recounting his many accomplishments,” says Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American. “Though he had never flown before, he became one of the most skilled pilot instructors in the US Army Air Force. Carroll never took a single management class but created a successful team with some of the most talented drivers, development experts, fabricators, and production people in the world. From his wins behind the wheel to his business successes and philanthropic initiatives, Carroll earned every victory.”

In honor of Carroll Shelby’s 100th birthday, Shelby American is building 100 Centennial Edition Mustangs with 750 horsepower. (Photos courtesy of Shelby American)

To celebrate this milestone birthday, Shelby American developed a new post-title vehicle package based on the 2023 Mustang GT. Any configuration of the current GT can be converted at Shelby American and or at select Shelby Mod Shops for $49,995 in addition to the price of the base car.

“Carroll never claimed to be an engineer, designer, or mechanic,” says Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American. “He believed he was best at putting people together. From the group of hot rodders, he banded together to take on the world’s racing elite to the car company and Team Shelby club he founded, Carroll understood that motivated people can achieve almost anything.”

A Shelby/Whipple supercharger upgrade will push the Centennial Edition’s Gen 3 Coyote 5.0-liter engine to 750 horsepower. It is supported by a host of other Shelby powertrain and suspension upgrades (see sidebar).

In addition to the supercharged engine upgrade, the Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Mustangs include Carroll’s signature headgear — a black Stetson hat — along with a copy of the commemorative Shelby Centennial Book and a membership in the Team Shelby club.

“This new, limited-edition car celebrates Carroll Shelby and honors his many achievements,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations and Chief of R&D. “To properly honor him required us to build a car that was truly born to run. Our new Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Mustang is a well-balanced car that is far more than just a horsepower upgrade. We also sharpened the handling and enhanced the styling of the world-class 5.0L V8 Mustang GT. It delivers all the performance that Carroll required to have his name on a car. We’re so confident that he’d approve that we are throwing in a black Stetson like the one he wore, with each car.”

Not only do the Centennial Edition’s seats come embroidered with a visage of the man himself in his signature black hat, but these cars include a black Stetson hat and a copy of the commemorative Shelby Centennial Book.

With only 100 examples of the Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Mustang set for production in 2023, Shelby American will begin production of these limited-production stallions in the second quarter of the year. For more details, check out the company site here.

Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Mustang Upgrades

Interior and Exterior

  • Shelby Upper Grille
  • Shelby Side Rockers and Rocker Wings
  • Shelby-Spec Rear Spoiler
  • Shelby Tail Panel with Centennial Logo
  • Le Mans Over-the-top Black Vinyl Striping
  • Shelby Centennial Side Rocker Stripes
  • Shelby Centennial Emblems & Badges
  • Shelby CSM Numbered Dash and Engine Bay Plaque
  • Shelby-Spec Leather Interior Upgrade
  • Shelby Door Sill Plates
  • Shelby Floor Mats

Performance and Powertrain

  • 750-horsepower Supercharger (Black) with Gauge Pod
  • Shelby Aluminum Extended Width Front Fenders
  • Shelby Satin Black 20×11-inch Wheels
  • Shelby-Spec 305/30/20 Performance Tires
  • Shelby Vented Hood
  • Shelby Performance Radiator
  • Shelby Under-Hood Fluid Cap Kit
  • Shelby by Borla Cat-Back Exhaust
  • Performance Springs
  • Performance Sway Bars
  • Adjustable Caster / Camber Plates
  • Ford Perf-Pack Type OEM Brembo Front Calipers

Additional Items

  • Carroll Shelby Edition Black Stetson Hat
  • Carroll Shelby Centennial Book

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Steve Turner

Steve Turner brings decades of passion and knowledge in the world of Ford performance, having covered it for over 20 years. From the swan song of the Fox Mustang to the birth of the Coyote, Steve had a front-row seat.
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