The 1967-68 Shelby GT500 Mustang is for sure a legendary car that needs no presentation. And like every legend there are lots of people out there who will do anything to get it back. So did Carroll Shelby, no surprise here no? He gave Classic Recreations the license to recreate the car.
"I am humbled and honored by the opportunity to work with a legend like Carroll Shelby," said Classic Recreations owner Jason Engel. "We pride ourselves on building the finest coachbuilt muscle cars in the world, and I’m thrilled that this new opportunity will allow us to build some of the fastest and coolest supercars on the road today. Other shops build cars. We sit down with a client, listen to their fantasies, and then turn those into reality."
Each of the Shelby GT500CR will "leave the shop with an official Shelby serial number, badges and will be included in the official Shelby Worldwide Registry."
And how the classic car delivers between 535 and 770 hp, the GT500CR will have for sure the same horse power and performance level.
Ford’s ’10 Unleashed’ Mustang campaign has found another lucky winner, and this time, it just so happened to be that the guy is a big Mustang enthusiast. 24-year old Daniel Verlarde has long been a card-carrying fan of the Ford Mustang so you could expect his elation after finding out that he had won for himself a brand-new 2010 Ford Mustang.
Apparently, Verlarde’s giddiness from winning the car gave him the idea to immortalize his Mustang obsession by having a stallion tattooed on his arm. But that’s not where the fanaticism ends. Verlarde also had his new Mustang air-brushed with the same image to show just how much of a Mustang nut he is.
"I wanted a tattoo artist to design a 2010 Mustang tattoo and I wanted the creation to be brought to life with the customization of an actual 2010 Mustang," said Verlarde. "This way, I could be a part of the car and the car would always be a part of me. My dream came true."
The 2010 Mustang GT Verlarde won comes with the high-end premium package. Not only that, the car was also outfitted a number of other features including a FR3 Handling pack, 20-inch wheels, a Ford accessory hood scoop, side scoops, side window louvers, and a rear deck panel.
It’s no secret the lengths people will go through to show the world their fanaticism. Daniel Verlarde is living proof of that.
When Ford invited us to their Dearborn proving grounds to try out their new lineup, there was one machine that we were looking forward to getting being the wheel of more than any other of the American automaker’s new products, the Shelby GT500. Now the last time that Top Speed had the chance to try out a Mustang GT, our editors absolutely fell in love with the rear wheel drive eight cylinder pony car, but that was last year’s model and for 2010 the thoroughbred has undergone a much improved restyling and the GT that we had in our test fleet didn’t have a supercharger strapped to the top of the engine and it didn’t make 540 HP.
It is common knowledge that the blown V8 is more than capable of propelling the nearly 4000 lb car run the 1320 somewhere in the 12’s making the Shelby a straight-line speed demon, but there was something different we wanted to find out; how this factory tuned Mustang handled. We were able to try out the new GT500 on Ford’s Steering and Handling course and the only thing we have to say is that the ride was too short.
Mustangs, especially the old Fox body 5.0, have the nasty stigma of having too much power and not enough weight over the rear wheels which makes for a very twitchy tail happy ride, however this is not he case with the 2010 Shelby. As we went into the first left/right complex we were amazed by the amount of grip that the 285 series Goodyear Eagle F1 super car rubber gave or blue and white GT500. As the Shelby began to turn in, we were waiting for the tires to start to squeal and the front end to start to show signs of under steer, which never happened. Admittedly, we pushed the GT500 a bit and would intentionally turn in a little harder than need especially over the whoops. No matter what this inquisitive driver threw at this Shelby Mustang trying to get a hint of slide, this lucky journalist was unsuccessful at breaking the back end loose. However the driver we rode with on our beforehand was able to to execute a gorgeous slide on the back side of the track, and during his time behind the wheel the modern day muscle car showed no signs of interfering electronically. If you can drive smooth, steady and with enough fortitude this Mustang can do some pretty amazing things that make the $46,000 price tag seem like more than a bargain.
We have a pretty bad news for all of you who were waiting to bring home a Shelby GT500 to enjoy for yourself. It looks like the American automaker will only build 300 units of this ultimate pony car. The plant had a capacity of making 2,000 GT500s for 2010, but since there are 1,700 blank build sheets, it looks like those workers will be able to clock out early.
Most dealerships will only receive 1 Shelby GT500 a piece, the premiums will certainly go through the roof. It looks like if you have already placed an order it will be filled, but if you want to put your John Hancock on one of those pink slips. The 21st century Shelby will certainly become an instantaneous collectors item when they do quickly move off of dealer’s lots.
*UPDATE: Autoblog reached out to Ford representatives to confirm the validity of the Team Shelby document, the automaker has officially denied the claims. Apparently the 2010 Mustang GT500 production has NOT been limited to 2,000 units, and the report is inaccurate. Ford does not report volume figures for the GT500.
The Automotive Icon Carroll Shelby is playing with fire, he is preparing the GT500 Super Snake package for the all new even better looking Ford Mustang and will unleash them onto the road in limited numbers starting in August. Customers can choose from either a 630 HP option, or the ridiculously powerful 725 HP version, priced at $29,495 or $33,495. That is after you buy the GT 500 that wears his name as well
The Super Snake transformation consists of adjustable shocks matched with a set of lowering springs and sport tuned stabilizer bars along with a front strut tower brace, just like on the original Shelby Mustangs. Power upgrades are handled by a Ford Racing Supercharger kit that pumps out over 630 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque and for the big boys, a Shelby/Ford Racing or Shelby/Kenne Bell supercharger kit that produces an insane 725 HP from the 5.4 Liter engine.
Shelby revealed a new packages for 2005-2009 Ford Mustang GT. The price for the SR package is $31,499. Next to it Shelby is also offering a post-title Shelby Supercharged package priced at $19,599.
The Shelby SR package contains: Shelby/Ford Racing 550 HP Supercharger, short-throw shifter, Borla dual exhaust, 6 piston Baer Brakes system, Eibach performance suspension with coil over shocks, struts, pro sway bars, bump steer kit, new lower control arm bushings, caster/camber plates.
At the exterior it adds: Shelby grille with letters, engine dress up kit, Shelby SR graphics package, serial numbered dash plaque and engine plate and 18 or 19" wheels.
Alright who lent the guys over at Garage 419 the keys to a 2010 Shelby GT500 convertible? Well someone’s mistake is our gain as we get to watch the first (of what will undoubtedly be many to come) burnout of this new piece of American muscle.
Of course we’re fans of the new 540 hp Shelby GT500, but Ford may be reaching a little far in the latest press release. It wants us to know that the 2010 GT500 gets two more MPGs than the predecessor. What they forget to mention is the 20 MPG from the 2009 car (calling it a ten percent improvement would probably be too embarrassing.) But hey, every little bit helps.
Ford seems to be auctioning off a few historical pieces for cash But this isn’t part of some fire sale; the proceeds are going to charity. The first retail 2010 Ford Shelby GT500 and a pair of Mustang GT concept cars during the Barrett-Jackson Palm Beach Collector Car Auction on April 9-11.
It’s not hard to understand the significance of the first GT500, and its supercharged DOHC 5.4-liter V8 engine that puts out 540 horsepower and 510 foot-pounds of torque. But the concept cars may be more interesting. These are two of the cars that started touring in 2003 as a preview to the retro look (fifth generation).
All proceeds above MSRP from the sale of the Shelby GT500 will be donated to The Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation. The two Mustang concepts will be auctioned to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.This sale is all part of the Mustang’s 45th anniversary.
Carroll Shelby got a lot of heart(s), and one of the ways he likes to give back is through his children’s foundation. Shelby knows the popularity of his brand, and so a convenient and gracious way to fill to coffers at the charity is to offer special editions of his cars. Back in November it was the Black Hornet, and now he’s doing it again with a 2009 Musting GT 500 upgraded with the Super Snake package.
Ol’ Shell is offering the car on eBay until February 19th. The package includes multiple suspension and engine upgrades as well as design enhancements. Under the hood is a Ford Racing Supercharger upgrade kit that produces over 605 horsepower and 590 ft.-lbs. of torque. Shelby will also autograph the car.