1967 Shelby GT500: famous Mustang from a famous racer

One can endlessly talk about the fact that the classic model cars are always in vogue. Indeed, there are cars that is getting much more expensive, the line of those wishing to buy them is not reduced, rather increases, replenishing its ranks with new motorists. This category of cars include 1967 Shelby GT 500.

1967 Shelby GT500 history

What is this car? This is a modified Ford Mustang, improved in the company created by the American racing driver Carroll Shelby. The first model released by the engineers was still was Shelby GT350, which was released in 1965. A few years later he was released Shelby GT500, which became successor of Ford AC260 Roadster. The model differs from the original factory by higher rpm modification of the engine, aggressive “charged” appearance, unusual hood with a central “hooked” air intake and lightweight racing wheels. just 300 1967 Shelby GT500 were ever produced. Unfortunately, in 1970 the production of the model was phased out, and the causes of this ambiguous solutions are still not clear. Vehicle Production was resumed in 2006, when the tandem of “Caroll Shelby” and “Ford SVT” division produced Shelby Red Stripe. Since then there have been three more modifications to the car including Shelby Cobra GT500KR, GT500 SuperSnake and Shelby 1000.

1967 shelby gt500 history

1967 Shelby GT500 review

What is so remarkable of 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT 500? Of course, this road aggression, which was not typical for models of the time. The model abandoned the conventional design concept, opting for cutting-edge at the time stylistic decisions. These are, of course, was shifted to the stern cabin, visually lengthen the “hunchback” nose, rounded hanging over the front plane of the car. Very unusual looks a couple of additional dual headlights mounted on the grille. The car also has additional small rear spoiler to improve downforce of this dynamic car.

1967 shelby gt500 review

1967 Shelby GT500 exterior

1967 Shelby GT500 was available only as a fastback, and has a few changes compared to ordinary Mustang. The front fascia was rebuilt, fastback opera windows removed and get air intakes. Rearlights borrowed from 1967 Ford Thunderbird. The car is also has a lot of ‘Snake’ badges – in front fenders, in grille and in the interior.

1967 shelby gt500 exterior

1967 Shelby GT500 interior

The interior of the car replicates original 1967 Mustang, there are different gauges, another steering wheel with Shelby Logo on it. The seats were standard only with upgraded trimming.

1967 shelby gt500 interior

1967 Shelby GT500 specs

At that time, classic “Mustangs” were completed with 6-cylinder engines with a displacement of 3.2 liters, develops 120 horsepower, as well as the three units in the 4.7-liter V-shaped 8-cylinder, capable of delivering 200 to 271 hp. 1967 Shelby GT500 was equipped with 428 cubic inches (7.0L) V8 producing around 350 HP. The car was equipped of 3-speed automatic transmission or 4-speed manual.

1967 shelby gt500 specs

Unique versions of 1967 Shelby GT500

There are at least 3 unique versions of Shelby GT500 made in 1967:

– Shelby GT coupe nicknamed Little Red, similar to ‘California Special’ Mustang – actually a Mustang GT coupe with Thunderbird rearlights (whilst the original GT500 was made out of fastback)

– The one and only GT500 convertible ever made

– Shelby GT500 Super Snake – enormously powerful 650 HP car used 427 block from legendary GT40, capable of 150 mph and even 170 mph on racing tires. In 2013 this car was sold on auction for $1.3 million.

All above mentioned cars were made in one piece only.

1967 shelby gt500 convertible

1967 Shelby GT500 collectibility

The popularity of the car continues to this day, and for any serious collector car owner 1967 Shelby GT 500 is considered to be very honorable. Given that most cars sold back in the Sixties is naturally grown old and were put under press, or have found their last resting place on junkyards, survived cars has very, very high price. It possible to buy it at specialized auctions, which attracts car enthusiasts from around the world. The average price of the 1967 Shelby GT500 even in poor condition almost never drops below 70 thousand dollars. Good technical and quality-looking version of the original 1967 will be cost twice.

1967 shelby gt500 collectibility

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