1967 Shelby GT500 Fastback

Carroll Shelby knew what he was doing when he upgraded Ford’s 1967 Mustang. The 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback is one of the most desired vintage performance cars of all-time. The 1967 Shelby Mustang was always a favorite of gear heads but popularity really took off after the Nicholas Cage movie “Gone in 60 Seconds”.

In the movie, the car represented the “Holy Grail” for Cage’s character. The movie showed off the car’s capabilities quite well as Cage used the Mustang to elude law enforcement for the last 30 minutes of the movie.

The 1967 Shelby Mustang not only out performs the regular production Mustang, but out styles it as well. Working closer with Ford than they had ever done in previous years, Shelby-American was able come up with one stylish car. From the Cougar taillights to the real wood steering wheel, the 1967 Shelby GT500 fastback has it going on.

One of the most popular modifications with enthusiasts was the air scoops located on both the roof and rear quarters of the car. Throw in the vented hood that was four inches longer the standard model and you will find a car design that could rival any vintage make or model.

In 2009, Shelby gave Classic Restorations permission to re-create his famous car. From this decision the 1967 Shelby G.T.500CR was born giving car lovers everywhere a reason to shout. The car’s performance is much like the earlier version, just with newer parts. The G.T.500CR could be today’s dream car.

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1963 Shelby Cobra

The 1963 Shelby Cobra was a high- performance sports car developed by Carroll Shelby. The light weight A.C. Ace Roadster, which is a British sports car, and has been fitted with a powerful Ford V8 engine. The first Cobra was produced in 1962, and was painted yellow for the race it initially raced in 1962. The original had a 260 cubic inch V8 Ford engine. The 1963 Shelby Cobra was upgraded to include a 289 cubic inch engine. The Shelby was also equipped with a solid- lifter cam, an 11 to 1 compression ratio, a four – barrel carburetor, and the 289 V8 engine put out 271 HP, at 6,000 RPM.

The 1963 Shelby Cobra was entered into the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, and 2 cars were entered into the race. One of the drivers was Carroll Shelby, in which he placed 7th in the 24 hour race. Dan Gurney who raced in the Bridgehampton 500 KM race driving the 1963 Shelby Cobra, and was the first American to win an FIA race, with an American made car. This was the first race won in an American car, which paved the way for future cars to come into the racing circuit.

The 1963 Shelby Cobra was first advertised to have speeds of up to 150 miles per hour, but at a test drive by “MotorTrend,” topped out at 130 MPH. The Cobra was able to complete a quarter mile in just 13 seconds, at 112 MPH. It can go from 0 to 60 MPH in just 5.8 seconds. When originally introduced the 1963 Shelby Cobra cost just under $6,000, and from 1963 to 1965 655 Cobras were produced and sold. However, in March of 2006, the 1963 Shelby Cobra which placed 7th in the Le Mans race was sold for $1.65 million dollars. The average value of the Cobras which were produced in 1963 average anywhere from $300,000 to $1.65 million. Yet, the most noticeable cars, which were driven in races when first produced have been valued at up to $2.2 million dollars.

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1965 Ford Mustang

In 1964, Ford Motors introduced the car that would change the way the world looked at automobiles. The 1965 Mustang, first released in 1964, is one of the most popular and sought after muscle cars even today. The car was first introduced in April of 64 at the New York’s World Fair and appeared on the cover of both Newsweek and Time magazines.

Just how much influence did this vehicle have on the automobile market? Over 22,000 cars were ordered on the first day, and nearly 418,000 sold in the first year. These numbers obliterated all others for automobile sales of the time. What is it that made this car so great though?

The Mustang came in two body styles, the Coupe and the Convertible, nearly 29,000 Convertibles and just over 90,000 Coupes were sold. This car was built for performance, and it delivered everything asked for and then some. The sleek design and custom interior made the Ford Mustang one of America’s favorite muscle cars. Three different engine types were available, one V6 model and two V8 models with 101, 164, and 210 horse power respectively. A true machine of performance.

The Mustang was available in 17 colors including Cascade Green, Raven Black, and Silversmoke Gray. The cars were assembled in Dearborn, San Jose, and Metuchen. After the initial series was produced, the Mustang also became available in a fastback model. The fastback designation indicates that some of the trunk space was converted to provide more interior room.

Lee Iacocca who was then chief engineer and assistant general manager, had visions of a vehicle similar to the Ford Falcon that would be more sporty and be reasonably priced. The Mustang has been in production ever since, and will most likely continue to be produced as long as the world uses cars. It has never lost it’s style or appeal, and anyone who has ever owned, driven, or dreamed of having a Mustang understands why.

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