When Carroll Shelby went back into the Mustang business in 2007 (actually, 2006 with the Hertz Shelby GT-H cars), I started really paying attention because I’d just sold my business and it seemed fitting that I’d buy a new Shelby Mustang 40 years after I bought my first one, a ’67 GT500 purchased from a dealer in ’68 at 15% off MSRP. Dealers all over the country we’re applying large ADMs on the Shelby GTs and I tried to get my local Ford dealer to take my order at MSRP. No deal. They wouldn’t even let me talk to the sales manager or the local owner. I tried twice. So, I used the telephone and after about 5 calls around my region I heard the sales manager tell me, “Yeah, I think we can do that.” I gave him my card for a $500 deposit and ordered the car. 8 months later my Shelby GT/SC was delivered to my door by Shelby American after some extra time to have their Mod Shop install a Paxton Supercharger. By then the 2008 models were out and there was even one on the truck enroute to a dealer.
Looking back, the wait seems totally irrelevant and I still enjoy the car immensely every time we take it out. Same with the ’67 GT500, which we still drive as well (yes, of course I kept it all these years…doesn’t everybody hold on to their favorite cars for 40 years?). The fact that the ‘67 was a leftover model is actually even cooler because Shelby American did all the post-assembly line work on the car, unlike the ‘68s that were handled by AO Smith in Ionia. Similarly, Ford took over production of “Shelby” Mustangs after the 2006-2008 runs that were built by Shelby American at Las Vegas Speedway.
In the fullness of time, an anxious wait for a new car is smoothed over and the reward can be even higher. You’ll save a lot of money and enjoy the car just as much if not more.