The late-1960s Shelby G.T.500 was one of the most desirable cars available in its era and has now become one of the rarest mustangs. The rarest G.T.500 of them all is a 1967 convertible model, due to the fact that there was only one example ever made. This example went straight to Carroll Shelby himself and no other examples ever existed.
Well, the folks over at Classic Recreations, who are known for their classic Ford Mustang projects, are now making it possible for you to own a drop top 1967 G.T.500 at a fraction of the price that Shelby’s model would fetch.
Granted, this model is no true G.T.500, but it’ll certainly turn heads, especially once you lay into it and let its engine do the talking. There are two models of this G.T.500 available, the tamer 545 model and the wild 900S model.
So what does this recreation of the single-most rare Shelby Mustang G.T.500 have to offer you, and is it a fair bargain?
Click past the jump to read our full review and see what’s in store with this recreated G.T.500.
The G.T.500CR convertible actually started its life as a regular old 1967 or 1968 Mustang. Classic Recreations then completely sanded the body down to bare metal, using a media blaster. They then replaced any non-repairable body components with new ones. After all of that was done and the body was in top shape, they draped a thick coat of paint, which included a set of racing stripes.
The body boasts all the authentic fiberglass that makes up the G.T.500, including the front lip, ground effects, and brake cooling ducts. Up front, there are the two inner headlights that are indicative of the G.T.500. You also get the lower striping found on the 1967 G.T.500.
On the rear of the G.T.500, there is a set of sequential Shelby taillights. You also get a set of sequential taillights on the back. Adding to its authenticity, this classic rod also boasts a set of G.T.500 emblems and a Shelby Lemans Racing gas cap.
There are five varying custom color options, which include grey/black, red/white, blue/white, black/grey, and yellow/white. On the tamer 545 model, you get a set of two 17- x 8-inch Shelby 427 wheels up front and the same brand wheels on the rear, but they are size 17- x 9.5-inches. On the 900S model, you get a little bit more meat, as it features the same 17- x 8-inches rims on the front, but massive 17- x 11-inch meat hooks on the rear of the `Stang.
Overall, the exterior is an excellent representation of the `67 Shelby G.T.500. It is perfectly restored in an impeccable manner.
Inside the Classic Recreations’ G.T.500, you get a set of high-back Shelby Signature seats, wrapped in vinyl. For an extra $1,000, you can opt for leather interior. The seats and center console boast embroidered signatures from Carroll Shelby himself. Securing you and your passenger in the seat is a set of 5-point camlock seatbelts. Directly in front of you is a set of Shelby Gauges, which feature a 160 mph speedometer on the base 545 model and 200 mph in the 900S. Though a speedometer is typically not an indicator of how fast a car is, the one on the 900S is certainly a tip-off.
The door panels and trim are all legit and from a 1967 Mustang. In addition to the authentic door panels, you will get a set of G.T.500CR floor mats and a true G.T.500CR console. To help you pilot this performance machine, Classic Recreations also installed a wood-grain aluminum steering wheel.
For entertainment, Classic Recreations installed a Pioneer CD player with a custom-built subwoofer box and an 8-inch Kicker sub. On top of the subwoofer, Classic Recreations rounds out your car’s audio system with several coaxial speakers.
For an extra $1,000 you can add in a flip-out screen DVD player for the kids and for an added $499, you can opt for a GPS tracking system. For folks in the European segment, you can get a right-hand-drive model for an extra $12,500.
Engine and Drivetrain
Yes, this G.T.500CR mock-up is a nice looking ride, but what really matters is what’s under the hood. On the 545 model, you will get a 427 cubic-inch engine that cranks out an impressive 545 horsepower. This engine features a Mass Flo Fuel Injection system and a concept on pulley system. Connected to the engine are two BBK long tube ceramic-coated headers, which bolt up to 2.5-inch true-dual exhaust that exits via two Magnaflow bank.
The Mustang G.T.500 900S is a different breed altogether, as its 427 cubic-inch V-8 engine pumps out a hefty 770 horsepower. The main components of the engine are carryovers from the 545-horsepower model, but Classic Recreation installed an F-1R Procharger capable of 17 psi. The exhaust system is exactly identical to the 545 models.
Tossing power back to the posi-traction 9-inch rear end with 3:70 gears is a Tremec manual transmission.
As you can tell, this build is not your typical Ford G.T.500 replica, especially when considering the 770-horsepower mark.
Suspension and Braking
The 545 model boasts 4-wheel disc brakes with Baer 13- x 1.1-inch discs on the front and 12- x 0.81-inch discs on the rear. The rotors are zinc washed to lower their heat absorption, as well as slotted and cross drilled.
On each front corner of this `67 `Stang G.T.500 545 is a 245/40R17 Z-rated tire and 275/40R17 tires on the rear. The 900S model boasts a set of 245/40ZR17 tires on the front and a set of 315/35ZR17 tires.
The front and rear suspensions are both something that you would never see on a 1967 Mustang G.T.500CR, as it boast all-around coilover suspension. In addition, Classic Recreations installed front and rear sway bars to limit body movement in the corners.
A car of this magnitude is never expected to come cheap, but surprisingly, this car is relatively affordable. The 545-horsepower Shelby Mustang G.T.500CR 545 starts out at $149,000 and the 770-horsepower Shelby 900S has a base price of $199,000. Those prices are not attainable for the average Joe, but when considering the rarity of the car and the enormous power that this G.T.500CRs pump out, they are well worth the money.
If you have the extra cash lying around, we definitely advise buying this car now. Not only will it get tons of looks from Mustang enthusiasts that do not expect to see a convertible G.T.500CR, but its overall power – in either model – is enough to make just about anyone fall in love with it. To boot, you are also getting a classic muscle car that can actually handle turns with little effort.
Awesome concept of building the rarest G.T.500
Very well put together
545 horsepower and 770 horsepower are simply awesome
Price is a tick too high, but still worth it
Body kit looks sloppy in some areas
No performance specs given