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If you want a 2015 model-year Shelby GT350 or GT350R Mustang, good luck.

Ford Motor Co. on Tuesday said it will make a very limited batch of the performance cars with 2015 VIN numbers in honor of their 50th anniversary. It will make 100 GT350s and 37 GT350Rs.

The 37 number carries some significance for enthusiasts: When Carol Shelby made the first GT350 competition model in 1965, he made two prototypes and 34 production models. Later, someone bought and completed an unfinished production model, which Shelby unofficially counted as the 37th vehicle produced.

The cars will be available this fall. Once the 2015 models sell out, Ford will start to sell the 2016 models it announced late last year.

Of the 100 GT350s, 50 will be equipped with a technology package and 50 will be equipped with a track package.

“Fans of the Shelby brand are among the most passionate in the automotive industry,” Henry Ford III, Ford Performance marketing manager, said in a statement. “To honor the passion of our fans for Shelby GT350’s 50th anniversary, a limited run of GT350 models will be built in 2015; these cars will be highly coveted by both Mustang and Shelby enthusiasts alike.”

Late last year, Ford unveiled a 2016 model GT350 that is powered by a flat-plane crankshaft 5.2-liter V8 that will produce more than 500 horsepower. It’s Ford’s most powerful naturally aspirated production engine ever, officials said.

Last January at the Detroit auto show, Ford unveiled the track-ready but street-legal GT350R with the same engine. The GT350R drops a number of amenities, like air conditioning, in the pursuit of reducing weight, but Ford has an electronics package for those seeking more comfort that includes dual-zone air conditioning, 8-inch touch screen with navigation, seven-speaker audio system, turn-signal mirrors and more.

The cars are among 12 new Ford Performance vehicles coming by 2020. Pricing hasn’t been announced.

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