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The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide: 1965-1970

Hardback: 192 pages
Dimensions: 8.5000" x 11"
Product Code: CT507

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The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide: 1965-1970

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  • Details

    All car enthusiasts know about Shelby Mustangs, but what really separates them from their production-line relatives? What really makes a Shelby a Shelby? This new book from Shelby American Auto Club (SAAC) historian and registrar Greg Kolasa details the specifics on the performance and appearance alterations with both descriptive text and superb photographs.

    This book gives a detailed look at both the performance and styling characteristics of each year of the 1965-1970 Shelby Mustangs in text, photographs, and charts/graphs and clears up many myths and misconceptions surrounding these legendary pony cars. In addition to his firsthand knowledge, Kolasa relies heavily on factory documentation and interviews with Shelby American designers, engineers, stylists, fabricators, and race drivers to get the true, as-it-happened story of these phenomenal pony cars. Additionally, the cars included in the book were chosen specifically for their historical and technical "correctness."

    The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide: 1965-1970 will serve as the illustrated Shelby Mustang sourcebook for years to come. For Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts especially, but even for general automotive historians, no automotive library would be complete without it.

    Publication Date:10/02/2012
    Publisher: CarTech
  • Reviews

    Old Cars Weekly News & Marketplace

    "Each chapter is heartily illustrated, showing all the special features that identify a proper Shelby, and there's plenty of text that provides all the facts. Shelby fans will also appreciate the three appendixes at the end of the book that compare technical specifications, provide Shelby Mustang color chips and decode the figures behind a Shelby. The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide 1965-1970 is absolutely required for Shelby owners and admirers, at less than $40, is the best investment a hopeful Shelby owner can spend." -Old Cars Weekly, November 22, 2012

    Muscle Car Review

    "Kolasa, a coauthor of the Shelby American Club Registry, knows these specially build Mustangs inside and out and presents a very informative and detailed review of what went into their construction. The photos, all contemporary, illustrate not just the wide variety of parts used by Shelby (several different steering wheel caps in '65 and '66, for example) but also assembly line inconsistencies. Ever seen a "wrong way" grille horse, or noticed how the side stripes are different car to car? Kolasa documents those and many more." -Muscle Car Review, January 2013

    MSRA Line Chaser

    "The Definitive Shelby Mustang Guide 1965-1970 explains why and how to tell a 'real' Shelby from a clone or a fake. It provides immense detail about the engineering and speific upgrades each Shelby Mustang received, and uses factory documentation to verify the information." -MSRA LineChaser, November 2012

    Hemmings Motor News

    "There's boundless yummy minutiae herein..... There's enough such detail here to enthrall any enthusiast or absorb any potential buyer of these frequently cloned cars." -Hemmings Motor News, February 2013

    Classic Car Buyer

    "This book lives up to its title by providing everything you could possibly want to know about these high performance versions of the Ford Mustang. This book naturally appeals to the Mustang or muscle car fan, but has plenty of story and detail to satisfy the more general enthusiast as well." -Classic Car Buyer, November 2012.

    Midwest Book Review

    "Factory documentation, interviews with Shelby American designers and engineers, and a history of the car and its technical specs and evolution make for a guide packed with color photos and commentary key for any Shelby Mustang enthusiast." -Midwest Book Review, January 2013

    American Car Collector

    "Kolasa's guide to the GT350 is the place to start on your Shelby journey. He used all of his resources to create a tool to protect you, using everything from factory records to resotration experts to concours judges to build the 'definitive' guide. It's a claim well made." American Car Collector, March/April 2013

    Vintage Motorsport

    "In separating fact from fiction, author Greg Kolasa digs through layers of legend to find the real stories behind the Mustangs modified by Caroll Shelby. How the cars came to be, the various options and modifications and upgrades are spelled out in detail. The cars selected to be photographed are completely correct examples, adding to the authoritative and comprehensive work in this excellent book. Every Shelby Mustang owner will learn somethng new here." -Vintage Motorsport, May/June 2013

    Modified Mustangs & Fords

    "If you want to know what really separates Shelby Mustangs from their production-line relatives, this excellent book will provide you with a plethora of answers. We found the book to be very thorough in both the information within the text, as well as with the photography detailing each Shelby model." -Modified Mustangs & Fords, August 2013

    2012 IAMA Award Winner

    Silver Medallion winner for Book Writing: Technical/Reference -International Automotive Media Awards, 2012

    Classic American

    "Compiled from the most authoritative and indisputable sources, it's perhaps the most accurate and comprehensive guide on the iconic, if short-lived, Shelby Mustangs." -Classic American, December 2013

  • Reader Reviews

    Customer Reviews

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    A great book with enough detail to satisfy a Shelby enthusiast and enough engaging stories to make an interesting micro-history for the rest of us. Review by Katie @ Doing Dewey
    As you might guess, this book covers in great detail all aspects of Shelby mustangs with a particular focus on the story of their production. Although I'm not a huge car buff myself, I picked this to review because I love a good micro-history and I enjoy learning about new things. I was also impressed that the author based his book entirely on primary sources, from factory documentation to interviews with the people who were involved in the process. As soon as I got the book, I was struck by the quality photography as well. As a photography enthusiast, I appreciated how well done it was, but recognize that a Shelby enthusiast would probably be most impressed by the variety of Shelby's the author managed to track down.

    The first three chapters gave a broad overview of Shelby history. Once I finished those, I was worried that the following chapters focusing on each year's Shelby would be too dry. Fortunately, my fears were unfounded. In the entire ~200 page book, there were maybe a dozen pages covering the nitty-gritty details of the Shelby's engine in too much detail for me to understand. These were a little dry. But nearly every page had great pictures and fascinating stories about the people and the politics behind the Shelby, in addition to the technical details. For serious Shelby enthusiasts, fear not - there were nitty-gritty details on nearly every page as well. Just not enough to impact the enjoyment of this non-specialist.

    There a few small typos, but also not enough to impact my enjoyment and over all this was a very high quality book. From the pictures to the impressive research, this is a great example of what a micro-history should be. I would most strongly recommend this to someone with some understanding of how cars typically work, since the details about the mechanics of the Shelby definitely assume you have some prior knowledge. Other than that, this is a book with something to teach the even a Shelby enthusiast while still remaining accessible. Finally, one of the aspects I think will most thrill enthusiasts are the incredible wealth of details about different Shelby's made at different times even during the same production year. If you own or are thinking of buying a Shelby, it could be a lot of fun to find out where your specific car fits in Shelby history. (Posted on 1/26/13)
    Worth Getting Review by JDK
    Very informative, great insight to all various aspects of the evolution of the early Shelby Mustangs. (Posted on 10/25/12)

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  • Author Bio

    Greg Kolasa

    Greg Kolasa is known to enthusiasts as a contributing Registrar for the Ford GT40 and Hertz (Shelby Mustang) Shelby American Automobile Club (SAAC) Registry. Greg has been researching the subject of the Shelby Mustangs for well over a quarter of a century and has access to original factory documentation as well as the personal insights from notable personalities of the day.

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