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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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
The 1969 Ford Fairlane Cobra 428 was the carmaker's answer to the low-budget, midsize Plymouth Road Runner. See more muscle car pictures. ©2007 Publications International, Ltd. Ford muscle cars counted among their ranks some of the better all-around performance machines of the supercar era, but it took some time for the blue oval boys to put it all together. Ford in the 1960s had a bona-fide winner's reputation, but it was earned on the ovals of NASCAR, in international sports-car competition that included LeMans, in the open-wheel crucible of the Indy 500, and in organized drag-strip action. On the street, however, Ford's early muscle cars were usually heavier and underpowered compared to the best from GM, Dodge, and Plymouth. Muscle Car Image Gallery Of course, you could argue that Ford didn't particularly need to worry about the true muscle car market since its Mustang was outselling every other sporty American car by a large margin. But that success wore thin as it … [Read more...] about Ford Muscle Cars
The Ford Mustang spans an epic era of American automotive excitement, symbolized here by the classic its modern iteration, the 325-horsepower See more pictures of sports cars. Strap in for the thrilling story of America's best-loved sporty car, the Ford Mustang. As you'll see in the previews at the bottom of this page, we've assembled a wide array of articles that track the Ford Mustang from the wild experimental two-seater of 1962 all the way to today's newest models. We also invite you to check out Consumer Guide's expert reviews, prices, and more on the 2007 Ford Mustang, on used Mustangs dating to 1990, and on hundreds of other new cars and trucks. Sports Car Image Gallery Fact-packed and inviting to look at, our historial look at the Ford Mustang is as fascinating as the car it chronicles. These articles are enhanced by hundreds of photographs, many never before available on the Internet, that bring a sense of discovery to every element of the captivating tale of the Mustang. … [Read more...] about How the Ford Mustang Works