As an American icon, the 1967 Shelby Mustang GT 500 is a car that’s firmly entrenched as one of the true blue classics in Ford’s illustrious line-up of vehicles. The car’s bad-ass looks, not to mention it’s unheard of power at that time, has turned into what Memphis Raines so eloquently describes as the “unicorn” of all vehicles: a car that elicits wide-eyed gasps at first sight of it.
American tuner Classic Recreations is no stranger to the iconic muscle car, having brought their own tuned-up version to SEMA earlier this month. Calling it the G.T.500CR, the car’s recreation of the timeless classic combines the unmistakable look of the Shelby with modern sports technology.
"The G.T.500CR is meant to be driven," says Jason Engel, founder of Classic Recreations. "Although the overall look is vintage Shelby, essentially this is modern sports car technology wrapped in vintage Shelby GT 500 sheet metal. We had a blast watching the car do what it was built to do.”
In 1968 Carol Shelby unveiled the Shelby EXP 500, a Mustang hardtop double prototype dubbed the “Green Hornet” that was powered by a fuel injected 428 CJ “X” engine and outfitted with a ‘68 Shelby custom hood and independent suspensions. Being a one of a kind model, this hot muscle car is a very valuable collector car, and one that deserves the honor of being paid tribute to in the form of a limited edition watch. MARCH LA.B has done just that with their Shelby EXP500 Timepiece
"This car is a part of the Shelby history," noted Jerome Mage, creative director of MARCH LA.B. "We designed the watch to celebrate one of Carroll’s greatest automotive creations. The timepiece includes the finest materials and craftsmanship that reflects Carroll’s car designs."
There will only be 200 Shelby EXP500 Timepieces available, each featuring a wood dial face that replicates the original dash of the muscle car along with Shelby’s signature and Cobra logo. The watch also gets a genuine leather buffle perforated style with green leather lining, an anti-reflective domed glass with sapphire logo, and a screwed case back with Glass encrusted Shelby logo.
Prices for this tributary watch have yet to be announced, but we highly doubt a timepiece that honors such a unique vehicle is going to come cheap.
Hold on to your pants, gentlemen! What you see here isn’t your typical, garden variety GT500. In fact, it’s so far for ordinary that you’re going to need a couple of trains and planes to get back to your everyday existence. The image before you is of a 1000+ rwhp Shelby GT500. You can go back and reread it, but it’s not going to change. Shelby Autos and Nelson Racing Engines teamed to put together this dream machine called the GT500 Code Red, and they’re going to sell them.
The Code Red package takes the 5.4-liter V8 found in the GT500 and overhauls it using Twin 61mm Turbonetics turbochargers and an electronic boost controller mated to a 6-Speed Tranzilla gearbox. A twin fuel system was then put in so that the vehicle could operate on pump fuel and a race gas blend. Stopping power will come from Shelby/Baer front brakes with 14" cross-drilled and vented rotors and 6-piston calipers.
As if the GT500 needed anything else to convince car enthusiasts of its sheer awesomeness, Shelby and Nelson went on to include an exterior package with this phenomenal modification. The exterior package includes a carbon fiber front splitter and side rockers, Shelby Code Red rocker side stripes, a vented custom Shelby hood, and 20" Shelby Super Snake Alcoa wheels. The inside of the vehicle brings with it a twin fuel pressure, boost, water, oil temp and oil pressure gauges, but more importantly, Mastercraft 6-point competition harnesses and a Shelby-designed, welded-in 10-point roll cage because, well, you’re going to need them.
You want a piece of this scintillating muscle car? Take about $150,000 to the dealer and make a deal.
Specifications after the jump, but check out the video featuring Tom Nelson and Shelby’s own Gary Patterson taking the GT500 Code Red out for a little spin first.
We can all agree that the ill-conceived remake of Knight Rider was one of the worst shows in recent memory. Instead of living up to the classic show starring the Hoff himself, the new version of Knight Rider featuring Justin Bruenig – who? – as “Michael Knight” was nothing short of a spectacular flop.
But even if we hated it, the show at least gave us one good thing: a black 2008 Ford Mustang that reprised the role of K.I.T.T in the TV show. Sure, the show sucked big time, but the car sure as heck didn’t.
One great thing about muscle cars is the ability to add more and more power to their motors, and the new GT350 Mustang is no different. The high-speed, small block muscle car already cranks out 525 horsepower, but buyers can now turn that up to 624 horses.
The “R” tune model will top off the GT350 range and, compared to the standard model, will contain a unique engine and supercharger tuning. Shelby has said that this new model will still be able to run on regular fuel.
“The results show that the Shelby GT350 takes American performance to an entirely new level." said John Luft, president of Shelby American.
"In recent tests, the standard supercharged car hit 60 miles per hour in just 3.7 seconds and ran the quarter in 12 seconds flat at 121.4 mph, all while generating 1.05g of lateral acceleration and stopping from 60 mph in only 107 feet. We believe the "R" tuned GT350 will be even faster.”
All of this extra power will cost around $750, on top of the $33,995 price tag for the Shelby Mustang. That’s one hell of a steal for 624 ponies.
Shelby American is bringing pure, unadulterated power to the already exquisite 2011 Ford Shelby GT500 (2010 model year pictured) with their new Super Snake package, but before you get all excited you better wait and hear a little about the price you’ll have to pay for this sort of Shelby power and exclusivity. The Super Snake package will only be available to 1,000 customers, and at a price of $30,245. Don’t think the price is all that bad? Well then you probably think it also includes the car, but you’d be wrong.
We aren’t going to lie. If we had the kind of money it would take to add dynamic adjustable dampers, lowering springs, tuned stabilizer bars, and front strut tower brace, as well as some crazy horsepower, we would spend it in a second. Unfortunately we don’t, so we’ll have to leave the three different stages of engine upgrades to the folks who will be driving one of our dream cars. In stage one the engine will get a Shelby/Ford Racing supercharger that will allow the engine to produce a total of 660 HP. Opt for stage two and you’ll get a Shelby/Ford Racing or Shelby/Kenne Bell supercharger kit producing 750 HP and, stage three gets a Shelby/Kenne Bell that increases the output to 800 HP.
For the exterior the package adds a unique fiberglass hood featuring classic Shelby design and pins, Shelby signature Super Snake stripes in either matte black or matte white, and “Shelby” lettering across the rear deck lid. The interior gets a two tone leather interior and Shelby signature embroidered headrests, floor mats, and other Shelby designed components.
When rumors started circulating that Carol Shelby was about to retire, we were all saddened to say the least. Then we heard that the 2011 Mustang GT350 might be his last project before the legend said goodbye to custom Mustangs. Thankfully, that last little rumor was 100% incorrect as Shelby will be releasing one more project to ensure he retires in style. The last customized Mustang will be the 1000 HP Shelby GT500 twin-turbo model. This will be the most radical Mustang to come from Shelby yet, priced at no less than $100,000.
The package will include a twin-turbo 5.4 liter V8 engine producing 1000+ rwhp mated to a 6-speed paddle shifter. The exterior package will get a carbon fiber front fascia splitter, carbon fiber mirror covers, carbon fiber rocker panels, Shelby deck lid letter kit and special badging for the grille and front fenders.
For those who cannot afford the hefty price tag of the GT500, Shelby will also be releasing a more affordable GTS package, priced between $9,000 to $12,000. This package will include a variety of visual and performance enhancements. There will be upgraded brakes, new front and rear fascias, a redesigned hood, and a stepped up exhaust.
Check out the Shelby GT500 twin-turbo’s specifications after the jump.
A man who held a ticket for a chance to win a 2011 Shelby GT500 sold it for $200 to another dude who ended up winning the car. Ridiculous? Yeah.
Unbelievably enough, it’s also true.
In a scene straight out of a Hollywood script, an attendee at this year’s QuakeCon Gaming Festival that was held in Dallas sold a raffle ticket – it was just one of 100, actually – for just $200. Turns out, it didn’t take long for this sale to backfire on the poor attendant.
Moments after thinking that he just swindled $200 from the supposed “schmuck” who purchased it, the latter’s newly-bought raffle ticket was chosen among the 100 tickets, winning him a $50,000 Shelby GT500.
One of the hosts summed up the whole situation perfectly by saying, “He’s (the seller) gonna have some drinks tonight. He’s (the buyer) going home with a Shelby GT500!”
Talk about a broad spectrum of emotions at play. The seller’s probably kicking himself right now and the buyer, well, to say he’s ecstatic is a gross understatement.
We all know what the 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible looks like and what it’s capable of so we won’t bother with introductions anymore because it certainly doesn’t need one.
On the other hand, the ‘Firebreather’, as the car is most commonly referred to, may not be familiar to a lot of us today, but come next year – or whenever the new movie, ‘Jinn’, will be shown – this piece of machine will be synonymous to one of the most iconic movie cars in history.
That being said, the Firebreather may look like a Pontiac Firebird on the outside, but it’s actually a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro under that entire guise. Created by Classic Design Concepts in collaboration with Exxodus Pictures, the car comes with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 monster that produces a fire-breathing output of over 600 horsepower. Quick tangent: Exxodus Pictures and Classic Design Concepts even made 50 production cars to be sold to the public so you can expect these babies to sell like pancakes when the movie comes out.
That being said, with the Firebreather and the 2011 Shelby GT500 in close vicinity to each other, the folks over at The Smoking Tire couldn’t resist the temptation of pitting one against the other. So how does the 2011 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Convertible stack up against the Firebreather? The Smoking Tire host Matt Farah has the answer.
Although demand for the 2011 Shelby GT500 is higher than expected, Ford has decided to limit the car’s production for 2011 to only 5,500 units. Until now Ford has received more than 3,300 orders for the muscle car. "We are pleased with the pace of retail orders for the 2011 Shelby GT500," said Fritz Wilke, Mustang brand manager. "The car continues to be popular with sports car enthusiasts and collectors who are blown away by the increase in horsepower and performance. The limited production of the 2011 should make this year even more desirable."
The 2011 GT500 is powered by an all new aluminum 5.4 Liter supercharged V8, derived from the unit inside the Ford GT super car, that produces 550 HP and 510 lb-ft of torque. The list of standard equipment includes a new 2.75-inch exhaust system, revised brake cooling, pedal box construction for more consistent brake pedal efforts and feel, and electric power-assisted steering (EPAS).