• 2021 Ford Mustang GT500CR by Classic Recreations

The carbon-fiber muscle car is rising to fame

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We had just stopped drooling over SpeedKore’s Hellraiser when Classic Recreations came in smashing through the door with the carbon fiber-bodied 1967 Shelby GT500CR Mustang.

The build was announced in September 2020 as an extremely limited run of just 25 units and we are glad to report that it is finally here. With a little help from SpeedKore, that is.

Exterior

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The carbon fiber body shell which replaces the steel one wore by the regular GT500CR was built by SpeedKore. Essentially, SpeedKore bluelight-scanned a steel-bodied GT500CR – a process it used for every one of its builds – then cured the carbon fiber panels in its own autoclave. The result is not just breathtaking – it also sheds 600 pounds (272 kilos) off the muscle car’s hips compared to a GT500CR with steel body panels.

18-inch Forgeline three-piece wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Rival S tires complete the package, along with candy red stripes. Those, however, can be colored in any other way the customer wants.

Powertrain and drivetrain

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Under the hood sits a 5.2-liter Ford V-8 imbued with a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger. The unit connects to a 10-speed automatic transmission which redirects its 810 horsepower and 600 pound-feet (813 Newton-meters) of torque to the rear axle.

While the GT500CR looks classic on the outside, its underpinnings are nothing short of modern. For example, the suspension is of the adjustable variety from Detroit Speed, the shocks are JRI Coilovers, stopping power comes from a set of Wilwood brakes with slotted, cross-drilled, and vented rotors, while the rear suspension is a QuadraLink kit also sourced from Detroit Speed.

Ford Mustang GT500CR by Classic Recreations specifications
Engine 5.2-liter Ford V-8 + 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger
Horsepower 810 HP
Torque 600 LB-FT
Transmission 10-speed automatic

Price and availability

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The base Shelby GT500CR by Classic Recreations will set you back $265,000, and that is before options. However, if you are all about more flash and bang, Classic Recreations will gladly sell you a limited run of the GT500CR which starts at $298,800. It has a Tremec six-speed manual, Carroll Shelby Scat Rally Series 1000 seats, Carroll Shelby signature gauges, leather-wrapped aluminum steering wheel and a speedometer that is marked to 200 mph.

Source: Classic Recreations

Tudor Rus
Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read full bio
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