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1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 Tribute
Over $180,000 in receipts
An over-the-top muscle car with unmatched performance
510 cid – 700 hp V-8 engine
5-speed Tremec TK0600 manual transmission
Carroll Shelby, who had won the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin and driven factory racers for Austin-Healey and Maserati, gained everlasting fame when he mated an American Ford engine with a British-built sports car from AC to create the immortal Cobra. Always looking for an opportunity, Shelby leveraged his relationship with Ford to manufacture modified Mustangs that were sanctioned by the factory and sold through selected authorised dealerships. The first Shelby Mustang arrived in 1965 and became an instant classic, but the second generation upped the performance ante with the installation of the 428 cid Cobra Jet Big Block V-8. Far more popular in period than its smaller engined sibling, the GT500 sported a fiberglass nose and tail section for reduced weight, functional hood scoops, and a number of options that could improve both performance and comfort. With such a vaunted reputation, it is no wonder that so many tributes have been built, replicating the memorable appearance, but raising the performance stakes to heights that would never have been possible in period.
The Motorcar Offered
This modern interpretation on an iconic formula started out as a Mustang GT with a 390 cid Big Block V-8. Although the body celebrates ‘Eleanor,’ what lies beneath is an unrestrained monster ready to devour any other car in its path. With more than $180,000 spent creating this rolling passion project, there is almost certainly nothing else like it in the world. Among the modifications carried out are a Ford Ken Craft Racing 427 cid engine with an aluminium block that has been stroked to 510 cid and mated to a Demon 4-barrel carburettor, Edelbrock Victor 427 intake manifold, and JBA performance exhaust headers. The entire package is good for more than 700 bhp. Additional upgrades include an aluminium radiator with twin electric cooling fans, Currie modular rear axle with 3.25 gears, side exit exhaust with electric dumps, subframe braces, and a Tremec TK0600 5-speed manual transmission with a hydraulic clutch. Also included are a 4-link rear suspension with coil over units front and rear, Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes, drilled and slotted brake rotors, Budnik custom wheels, rack and pinion steering, power windows, air conditioning, custom seats, Corbeau harnesses, relocated battery, custom painted fiberglass headliner and custom one-piece dash. A nitrous system has been installed, but never used. Difficult to replicate and impossible to beat at the stoplight, this is a muscle car for the enthusiast that wants something extra special to park in the garage.