Ford had the collective automotive community drooling when they first pulled the wraps off their 2015 Mustang Shelby GT350 at the Los Angeles Auto Show and GT350R at Detroit. Mustang enthusiasts were shouting “take my money!” at the mere mention of its 500 horsepower, 5.2-liter flat plate crank V8 and six-speed manual transmission, but now it seems not everyone will be able to lock down one of the sought after Shelbys.
Ford today announced the 2015 GT350 will be limited to just 100 units before production switches over to the 2016 model year. The automaker says it is doing this to mark the Shelby GT350’s 50th anniversary, with 50 of the 2015 models coming with the Technology Package and 50 of them coming with the Track Package. They have yet to say how many 2016 models will be produced.
As a nod to the original 1965 Shelby GT350 competition race car, Ford has also placed a very small production cap on the extreme GT350R for 2015. Caroll Shelby’s GT350 racecars were sold in limited numbers to road racers and competed in prestigious races all around the world. There’s debate over how many of these special Mustangs were made, but Ford believes 35 production cars were built along with two prototypes. As such, the 2015 GT350R will be limited to just 37 units before production switches over to the 2016 model year.
Don’t worry, if you were hoping to get your hands on a GT350 or GT350R, Ford will likely have plenty 2016 model year examples lined up to sell you come next year. If you’re feeling a bit impatient, though, a 2015 model might be hard to come by.