Not all is lost for buyers.
There's good news and bad news for Ford fans buying high-performance versions of their favorite pony car. First, the bad news. According to a member of the Mustang6G forum, Ford has canceled some customer orders for the 2021 Mustang Mach 1 and Shelby GT500. The reason? A parts shortage. We don't know which specific components are in short supply or whether the semiconductor chip crisis is part of the reason. Whatever the case, these buyers will not be receiving their muscle cars when they initially expected.
To be clear: these orders are not being canceled completely but rather rescheduled for the 2022 model year. Representatives from the Blue Oval will reportedly be reaching out to these buyers in the very near future to discuss their options. The post was unclear if these out-of-luck '21 model year customers will automatically be added to the '22 list, or if they'll be subject to price changes.
Typically, vehicles go up in price by varying amounts year-to-year. We can't imagine Ford forcing these people to pay more due to a situation they have zero control over. The post goes on to state that this is the first time Ford has experienced an issue such as these regarding these two Mustang models. If buyers are committed to their purchases, then it's being highly suggested to sign up for a 2022 model ASAP.
Remember, the upcoming model year is expected to be the last for the current sixth-generation Mustang. Its successor, complete with a hybrid V8, is due for 2023. We don't expect either the Mach 1 nor the Shelby GT500 to continue beyond 2022.
In other words, this is the last call. Both are bound to take their rightful place in Mustang history, especially since the current generation model will be the last purely combustion-powered generation. The seventh-gen won't be purely electrified, though that's likely to happen with the eventual eighth gen. The Mustang Mach-E is acting as a testbed of sorts.
Ford has yet to officially announce these supposed Mach 1 and GT500 cancelations and not every dealership may even know about it just yet. For anyone who placed a '21 model year order, bear in mind it'll be well worth the extra wait time.