The high demand for the GT-H led to the birth of the Shelby GT. The goal was to build a limited edition pony car that would be equally at home on the track, a daily commute or out on the town. Powered by Shelby and Ford Racing Performance Parts, the Ford Shelby GT lived up to that goal with spectacular handling, stick-to-the ground cornering and dust-the-competition acceleration from its 4.6 liter V8. Each limited edition convertible and coupe was affixed with a serial number that was recorded in an official Shelby factory registry. The Shelby GT was built in the Las Vegas facility, where every rivet was fastened, bolt tightened and modification installed by Shelby technicians before a car roared out of the door. Unlike the GT-H, both manual and automatic transmissions were available in the Shelby GT. Only 5,632 coupes (in black or white) were built in 2007 while 2,300 coupes and convertibles (in black, orange or blue) were manufactured in the 2008 model year. This car is the concept vehicle for the first "small block" Shelby Ford Mustang since 1970. This particular Shelby GT was put into a custom paint scheme for display at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway "Neon Garage" during the first Shelby 427 NASCAR race in 2009. The paint scheme reflects a Las Vegas theme with familiar icons such as the Navy Thunderbirds team, a white tiger and showgirls. It is a one-off show car built to demonstrate the versatility of the car for customization and styling.
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