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