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Carroll Shelby says Future is Performance Parts not Car sales


2011 Shelby GT350

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The Dallas Morning News recently had the opportunity to interview Carroll Shelby from his ranch in Pittsburgh, Texas to talk about Mustangs and his future.  Shelby who is one of the longest living heart transplant recipients in the world had a lot to say like he always does but this latest news may come as a surprise to most in the automotive.  In the telephone interview Shelby says his company Shelby American will be focusing more on high-performance part sales rather than vehicle sales in the future.  His reasoning why, there is not much money to be made selling limited-edition Mustangs anymore.  His high-performance parts business has been growing 15-20 percent each year and this is where he would like the company to focus more time on.

Shelby's Las Vegas facility has been hit hard lately as they have had to cut their workforce by 30-40 percent down to about 75 employees.  Shelby feels this is a good number of employees moving forward for the amount of vehicles they are building.

The 2011 Shelby GT350 post-title package may be the last Shelby Mustang we see for while as John Luft, President of Shelby American says there is nothing on the drawing board to succeed it.  We have also heard Shelby's contract with Ford for the Shelby GT500 runs out on the 2012 model so this could signal the end of Shelby branded vehicles as we know it.

Do I hear a return of the SVT Cobra on the horizon for 2013 model year, maybe as its the 20th Anniversary of the first SVT branded Cobra.

Read more about Shelby's interview over on DallasMorningNews.com.

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