The Shelby Mustang—a name so familiar and renowned that it rolls off the tongue almost as easily as it rolls down the road, certainly one of the most enduring visions of muscle and power ever built. It wasn’t always this way, however. In the mid-1960s the Mustang was not quite up to par with its possibilities. By the summer of 1964 it was decently successful, with its first high-performance engine, a 271 horsepower 289 cubic inch V-8; however, Ford had the vision to transform the Mustang into a vehicle with strength and prowess—a true muscle car. It was then that Ford Motor Company enlisted the aid of the racecar genius, Carroll Shelby, to lead such a task.
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