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In the Garage: 2012 Shelby GT350
THE CAR AND ITS OWNER
2012 Shelby GT350 Mustang convertible owned by Raymond Rossomango
WHAT MAKES IT INTERESTING
Take 500-plus horsepower, a famous racing name, aggressive good looks and limited production, add it all up and you have an instant collectible in the 2012 Shelby GT350 convertible. The Shelby American company of Las Vegas, founded in 1962 by legendary race driver Carroll Shelby, transforms regular Ford Mustangs into extraordinary performance machines through advanced engine, suspension and trim modifications. With its supercharged 525-horsepower V-8 engine, this car was able to go from zero to 60 miles per hour in the low four-second range with a tester from Road & Track magazine at the wheel. “Shelby produced only 350 of these cars for the model year 2012,” says Rossomango of his ride. “It is the second coming of the famous GT350 (also built in limited quantities from Ford Mustangs back in 1966).”
HOW LONG HE’S OWNED IT
“I bought the car in February 2012,” he says. “I first saw the car at the 2011 SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market Association) show in Las Vegas and loved the look. That GT350 was a coupe. From that moment, the search was on.”
WHERE HE FOUND IT
He found the car through an online auction site. “The original owner of the car was also the owner of a Ford dealership in Florida,” Rossomango says. “He ordered the car from Shelby for himself and decided to sell after only putting 56 miles on it. It was an active auction with a ‘Buy It Now’ option. Needless to say, I pressed the ‘Buy Now’ button.”
“The car was brand new and the beauty of it is everything is done,” he says. “No modifications were needed. It’s a track car right out of the box.”
TIPS FOR OWNERS
“I would recommend this car to anyone who loves American muscle,” Rossomango advises. “Also, don’t be afraid of using the car. Take it out and enjoy it.”
He estimates the value between $70,000 and $90,000.
THE BOTTOM LINE
“What gets me excited about the car is its looks and power,” Rossomango says. “I’ve had people follow me into store parking lots to get a closer look and ask me questions about it.” He’s also taken the convertible to the Shelby Grand Nationals Show in Virginia, where he spent two days on a special road course. “Yes,” he adds, “I put the car on the track and had the time of my life.”