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?
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Jalopnik Reviews All of our test drives in one convenient place. Does Bullitt still matter? Fifty years since it came out, is the detective thriller—oozing with Steve McQueen’s quiet, simmering brand of cool and famous for its groundbreaking centerpiece car chase scene—relevant to the young buyers the Ford Mustang once had a monopoly on? After a hot lap of San Francisco in the 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt, I’m pretty sure it doesn’t matter, because this car is an instant classic in its own right. (Full Disclosure: Ford needed me to drive the Mustang Bullitt so badly it flew me to San Francisco and paid for my hotel room, food and booze. Honestly I was just happy to get away from the oppressive New York summer humidity for a few days, so the car was icing on the cake.) What Is It? For the third time, Ford is back with a special edition Mustang GT inspired by the green Mustang that Lt. Frank Bullitt uses to chase down bad guys in the namesake movie. … [Read more...] about The 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt Is Everything You Want It to Be
See more pictures of the 2005. 2006, & the 2007 Ford Mustang. The The redesigned 2005 Ford Mustang and the 2006 Mustang and 2007 Mustang models it has spawned showcase everything that's best about America's favorite pony car. Perhaps best of all, they look and perform like Mustangs should. The links below take you behind the scenes to explore the creation and launch of the 2005 Ford Mustang and the changes it's undergone for 2006 and 2007. The shape of these cars was ordained by a superstar stylist with a European pedigree. J Mays decreed the clean-sheet 2005 design would recapture the style that established Mustang as a classic, and that's what he delivered. Their engineering was directed by a man who as a child in war torn Vietnam idolized Mustang as a symbol of freedom. Hau Thai-Tang idealized the little Ford as an American icon that put sporty-car fun within reach of nearly everyone, and that's what he delivered. The personality of these new cars was inspired by the most … [Read more...] about 2005 2006 2007 Ford Mustang
GT models were available with two new packages, the GT California Special edition (shown here) and the GT appearance package. See more pictures of the 2007 Ford Mustang, Shelby GT500, & the Shelby GT. The highlight of the '07 model year for the 2007 Ford Mustang was the Shelby GT500, the most powerful production Mustang ever. This car actually went on sale in early 2006, but technically was an '07 model. The signature addition for the traditional '07 model year was the Shelby GT, basically a "civilian" version of the Hertz-rental-only 2006 Ford Shelby GT-H. Even the Shelby GT, however, didn't hue to the customary autumn model-year kick-off. Its production began in December 2006. So three Mustangs wore some form of Shelby badging at the same time. Ford was certainly getting its promotional dollars' worth out of 'ol Shel. But what of mainstream '07s? Well, GT models were available with two new packages, the GT California Special edition and the GT appearance package.The Mustang … [Read more...] about 2007 Ford Mustang and Shelby GT500 and Shelby GT
Mustang had just left the corral when work on the follow-up '67 model See more pictures of the 1967 and 1968 Ford Mustang. When it came time for its first significant revamp, the original pony car was no longer the only pony car. It was clear the 1967 Ford Mustang would have to fight for sales. Designers who would shape the '67 model were in a unique position, however. In the 1960s, a new car took some three years to go from drawing board to showroom. Typically, designers and engineers were working without knowing how the public liked the car they had just finished. But when work on what would become the 1967 Ford Mustang began in summer 1964, the first edition was already a huge hit. That posed the knotty problem of what to do for an encore. While Ford expected some changes would be needed after '66, it wasn't clear what those ought to be. Moreover, as program head Ross Humphries later told author Gary Witzenburg: "At the time the '67 was planned, we really didn't have any idea … [Read more...] about 1967 1968 Ford Mustang