AUSTRALIAN FIRST MARKS 50 YEARS OF SHELBY AT MOTORCLASSICA

By , 16 September, 2015


Australia’s first look at the new 2015 Shelby Mustang is a highlight of a special display of the iconic American muscle cars, at this year’s Motorclassica.

Celebrating 50 years of the Shelby Mustang, Motorclassica will again be staged at Melbourne’s world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building, from 23 to 25 October.

A major coup for Motorclassica, the brand new 2015 Shelby Mustang will be previewed for the very first time in Australia via importer, Craig Dean’s Mustang Motorsport.

Featuring instantly recognisable styling that’s a homage to the original American designs of the mid-late ‘60s, the 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 5.2 litre V8 pushing out 373kW of power and 542Nm of torque.

That’s more than 500 horsepower in the old money.

Motorclassica’s tribute to the Shelby Mustang includes a retrospective display of all its most significant models.

There’s a Shelby GT350 Coupe from 1965, the first year of production, and a genuine 1966 Shelby GT-H Fastback – the car that you could rent from Hertz and go racing on weekends!

From 1966 and 1967 there’s a pair of Shelby Fastbacks, and another from arguably the best-looking incarnation of them all, the Fastback from 1969; think Allan Moffat’s Trans Am racer.

Finally there’s a super-rare 1968 Shelby GT500KR … KR standing for ‘King of the Road’.

To many it’s the ultimate Mustang … the pinnacle of pony car development in a period of automotive excess.

“The Mustang is such an iconic car around the world, and much loved here in Australia,” Motorclassica Event Director Paul Mathers said.

“Carrol Shelby’s performance-focussed special editions are another thing again, beloved by collectors and respected by all enthusiasts for their place in history.

“In a year when Ford is introducing the Mustang to the Australian market, and many prospective buyers have already put their deposits down, we’re delighted to celebrate five decades of the Shelby Mustang.”

Motorclassica isn’t just about the Shelby Mustang as this year’s event will also mark 50 years of the ‘Supercar’, with the biggest line up of Supercars ever assembled, or ever likely to be assembled, in Australia.

Then there’s the Australian International Concours d’Elegance which will attract around 150 entrants, a collector car and memorabilia auction, plus the ‘Club Sandwich’ external car club displays which will draw 200 cars per day across the event weekend.

The annual ‘Tour Classica’ will see select entrants convoy from an official start at The Docklands, through Melbourne’s CBD streets, to the Royal Exhibition Building, to kick start the Motorclassica festivities.

Motorclassica will also entertain with special guest speakers on centre stage, vendors offering motoring paraphernalia, collectibles, automotive artwork and books, and specialists providing restoration support services.

Additional information on Motorclassica 2015, to be held at Melbourne’s Royal Exhibition Building from 23-25 October, is available on www.motorclassica.com.au

 

Source: Exhibitions and Trade Fairs