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Jonathan Lamas

Special Tribute GT500 Cobra Wide-Body Mustang to be Auctioned at Barrett-Jackson

By January 15, 2013

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GT500 Cobra Mustang

Back on August 17 of last year friends of Carroll Shelby, including Ford Motor Company, Shelby American, Ford Racing and many others, dedicated a special tribute vehicle, the 2013 Shelby GT500 Cobra, to the late Carroll Shelby. The reveal took place at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion where Cobra was featured marque of show.

Ford has announced the one-of-a-kind GT500 will cross the block at this year's Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale event on January 19th. Proceeds from the sale of the car will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF),  a global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research.

"Carroll Shelby was an amazing individual who was an inspiration to anyone who loves performance," said Jim Farley, Ford Executive Vice President for Global Marketing, Sales and Service. "He continued to be very involved in the 2013 Ford Shelby GT500 until his passing. During the development of the GT500, Carroll mentioned he would love to build a wide body Mustang one day. We incorporated this feature into the tribute car to fulfill Carroll's wish. This tribute car connects the glorious past Shelby shared with Ford to the bright future he helped create with the current-generation GT500."

Generating more than 850 horsepower with a Ford Racing 4.0-liter Whipple supercharged V8 engine, the car requires 13 inch-wide rear wheels wrapped in massive 345-section high-performance tires for extra grip. Read more.

Photo Courtesy of Ford Motor Company

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