In recognizing that Carroll Shelby, the father of the Cobra, would have turned 100 years old last week, we mused about how long it would take for the Shelby universe come up with a salute to the founder that’s all its own. Here’s the answer: Shelby American, now based in Las Vegas, has announced a very limited – to 100 copies – special edition of the 2023 Ford Mustang, naturally, that recognizes the founder’s birthday. The 2023 Carroll Shelby Centennial Edition Mustang is an exclusive tribute to the man, with specialty treatments to the interior, the chassis and of course, the powertrain.
At its heart is a supercharged Black Hat version of the 5.0-liter OHC V-8, mated to a Borla cat-back exhaust system, and rated at an estimated 750 horsepower. To provide the necessary grip, specific 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels and sticky performance radials are specified. Inside, you get a Shelby-spec interior leather package, Shelby door sill plates and bespoke floor mats, among other goodies. The whole package is wrapped in custom body adds, with a model-specific rear spoiler. Remember, only 100 are set to be produced, with the package price starting at $49,995. In addition to the car, we should add.