1967 Shelby GT500

    1967 Shelby GT500

    The Ford Shelby Cobra Mustang GT500 was one of those cars built when gas was cheap, federal regulations were not in place, and you can literally buy these gas-guzzlers and cars with stomach-churning horsepower straight from the showroom floor.

    The Shelby Mustang is a high performance variant of the Ford Mustang which was built by Carroll Shelby, an American auto designer from 1965 through 1970. The company was founded by Carroll Shelby in 1962 to build and market high performance parts and modified cars for individuals and among those were the famous Ford Mustang-based Shelby GT350 and Shelby GT500.

    The GT 500 was a revamp of the original pony. To make them compete in road-racing and acceding to demands from Shelby's audience, they were given room for big-block power. The 1967 Shelby GT500, got a reworked 428-cid "Police Interceptor" and pushed out a very respectable 360 bhp.They also featured more cosmetic changes compared to Shelby GT350.

    The '67 GT5000 came with options like factory air and power steering, a wood-rim Shelby wheel, and 132 max speed. The brakes were power-assisted as well as the steering which made the once rough-riding older Shelby easier to drive. The interior was offered in black and parchment colors with Stewart-Warner oil, amp gauges, and a tachometer coming as standard.

    The 1967 Shelbys came in fastback only with convertibles available for the 1968 model year.

    Lee Iacocca had turned this low-cost, sport compact into one of the most successful cars of all time, helping him to become CEO of Chrysler more than a decade later.

    1967 Shelby GT500

    This car is not a genuine Shelby GT500 but a movie creation made specially for the movie Gone in 60 Seconds. But hey! They cost a cool $149,000 just for the basic model.

    1967 Shelby GT500 Specs

    Production  2,048 (1967)

    Body Style  Two-door, four-seater coupe.

    Construction  Steel unitary body.

    Engine  428cid V8.

    Power Output  360 bhp.

    A silver Shelby

    Transmission  Four-speed manual or three-speed automatic.

    Suspension  Front: coil springs;  Rear:  leaf-springs.

    Brakes  Front discs, rear drums.

    Maximum Speed  132 mph

    0-60 mph  6.8 sec

    The 1967 redesign made for a heavier Mustang, along with a longer, fiberglass hood, and new front and rear facias. You can still see the design of the original 1965 version, but these styling upgrades gave the car a more aggressive appearance and achieve Carroll Shelby's goal of differentiating his car from the Mustang on which it was based.

    The separate high-beam headlamps in the grille added more character, while a thin, chrome front bumper sat below a mesh grille with the classic "Shelby G.T.350" logo in place (except for the very early cars).

    The small hood scoop was there to deliver fresh air to the engine. Shelby also included new, horizontal taillights (sourced from a '67 Cougar in 1967 and a '65 Thunderbird in 1968) and an integrated Kamm-type rear spoiler.

    Functional rear brake-cooling scoops adorned the rear quarter panels. Ten-spoke, fifteen-inch, cast-aluminum rims were the wheel choice with Good year white-lettered radials.

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