This 1970 GT-500 is one of only 286 produced. Note: This article is reprinted from the April 2014 issue of Collectible Automobile Carroll Shelby’s—and ultimately Ford Motor Company’s—dream of building a super Mustang had been realized in full well before the last snake-badged “ponycars” were retailed in 1970. Starting in 1965 with an improved 289-cid V-8 and suspension, brake, and chassis enhancements, the GT-350 became an instant Sports Car Club of America class champion. That the white-and-blue fastback-body Shelbys looked so much like mass-market Mustangs made them great “halo” cars. More Collectible Automobile Photo Features For 1967, Shelby added big-block power to the program, packing a 428-cube mill of a suspected 400 bhp under the hood of the GT-500 version (though the GT-350 remained available). Nineteen sixty-eight saw the arrival of the first Shelby Mustang convertibles and adoption of full-width taillights with sequential turn … [Read more...] about Photo Feature: 1970 Shelby GT-500 Fastback
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The 1964 Shelby AC Cobra was one of Carroll Shelby’s first American masterpieces. When heart trouble forced Carroll Shelby to retire from driving race cars after he won the LeMans 24 Hours in 1959, the one-time Texas chicken rancher turned to building stark, incredibly fast road cars to suit himself and other like-minded enthusiasts. The first were the legendary Shelby-Cobras. Starting with lithe, lightweight Ace roadsters from A.C. Cars in England, Carroll replaced a plodding small six-cylinder engine with potent Ford V-8s: initially 260- and 289-cubic-inch engines with up to 306 horsepower, then mammoth 427s making up to 425 bhp. The result was a hairy thrill on the road and nearly unbeatable in major-league sports-car racing. Even the "little" 289 could scale 0-60 mph in 5.5 seconds and exceed 135 mph. The otherworldly 427s needed just 4.2 seconds 0-60 on the way to 165 mph. Shelby built 654 small-block Cobras and some 350 big-block versions from 1962 to '68. All have … [Read more...] about How Shelby Works
1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake Specifications Carroll Shelby says this of the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake that he created: "I wanted it to be the fastest, meanest car on the road." ©2007 Barrett-Jackson With nearly 500 horsepower for just 2,500 pounds, the Cobra 427 was "awesome, spellbinding," said Car and Driver. "Snapping the throttle open at any speed jams the low setback into the small of your back. The car lunges, jostles, and belches thunder from the side pipes just below your ear." Although the car was surprisingly docile in traffic, Car and Driver, like so many, found it "neither reassuring nor especially comfortable. It rode as if there were cement in the shocks. The steering was indecisive, the handling twitchy and abrupt." Creature comforts? Not here. Changing times ended this fun in 1968 after only 356 cars, but others soon offered replica 427s ranging in quality from ghastly to grand. A revived A.C. Cars produced its own fine specimen starting … [Read more...] about Why did the 1966 Shelby Cobra 427 Super Snake sell for $5.5 million?
©2007 Publications International, Ltd. When the Shelby-modified Mustang made the midyear switch to Ford's 428 Cobra Jet V-8, the GT 500 got a KR suffix, for King of the Road. It came as both a convertible and a fastback, as seen here. See more muscle car pictures. Its initials stood for King of the Road, and if the 1968 Shelby Cobra GT 500-KR looked like a more threatening muscle car than it really was, so be it. Shelby's 1967 GT 500 had led Ford's pony car across the 400-cid threshold with a 427-cid detuned race engine and a juiced 428-cid Police Interceptor V-8. Both returned for '68. Then in April '68, Ford unveiled an even-hotter version of the 428, the Cobra Jet, and offered it in the Mustang, among other models. Muscle Car Image Gallery At Shelby, the Cobra Jet replaced the original 428, and GT 500s gained a KR suffix, for King of the Road. (The 427 was dropped.) This was the year's second name change. Shelby's AC Cobra roadster died after '67, but he kept the name, … [Read more...] about 1968 Shelby Cobra GT 500-KR
Mustang put on weight and inches for 1967, and the Shelby followed suit. The GT-350 (shown) featured a 306-bhp 289 V-8. ©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Production Mustangs for 1967 were larger, heavier, and more "styled," which meant that Shelby maker Carroll Shelby's ne plus ultra Mustang, the GT-350, would have to change. To keep the weight of the 1967-1968 Shelby GT-350 and GT-500 down and its appearance distinctive, Shelby designers created a custom fiberglass front end to complement the production Mustang's longer bonnet. They also put two high-beam headlamps in the center of the grille opening. (Some later cars have these lamps moved to the outer ends of the grille to comply with state motor vehicle requirements specifying a minimum distance between headlamps.) The 1967 Shelbys had a larger hood scoop and sculptured brake cooling scoops on the sides. Another set of scoops on the rear-quarter roof panels acted as interior air extractors. The rear end received a … [Read more...] about 1967-1968 Shelby GT-350 & GT-500