1967 Ford Mustang GT500 GT500
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Even though this Stang had humble beginnings being a pampered Colorado car for most of its life, today it sits in a vibrant orange and packing some serious FoMoCo power under the hood. Without a doubt the first thing your eye is drawn to with this vehicle is the spectacular orange paint scheme. If you guessed that it was a custom paint color you would be right. The story goes that the previous owner was an ex-House of Kolor representative and created the custom color specifically for this Mustang. Running down the center of the custom orange is painted carbon fiber stripes that add to the incredible overall look of this vehicle.
Since most classic car enthusiasts credit Carroll Shelby with introducing some of the coolest and most aggressive Mustangs ever created, it’s only natural that the builder opted for a slick Eleanor inspired design. At the car’s leading edge, a billet, Shelby-style grille hangs chrome-trimmed headlights, a Shelby R valence and six PIAA driving lamps. At the top of that grille, an aggressive fiberglass hood aligns twist-style pins with clear glass, straight trim and Shelby-style quarter scoops. At the sides of that hood, a Shelby profile highlights traditional door handles, chrome, bullet-style mirrors, and subtle cove scoops. And at the back of that profile, the exhaust exits out in front of the rear tires, while a sculpted decklid hangs prominent like-new tail lights and a straight chrome bumper.
Pop the car’s lightweight orange hood and you’ll find a 428 cubic inch big block V8 that gives new meaning to the words “Go Baby, Go”! Long regarded as one of the meanest mills ever created, Ford’s fabled 428 FE remains as one of the kings of stoplight muscle. At the top of the Ford Blue block, a “COBRA” branded air cleaner funnels fresh wind into a big aluminum intake via dual 4-barrel carburetors. At the sides of that carburetor, finned “COBRA 428” valve covers hang over the headers. Aesthetically, the restored engine bay appears very close to an original, featuring an even coat of Satin Black paint. On the bottom of the hood you’ll find more painted carbon fiber and the letters "GT500". In front of the engine an aluminum radiator is responsible for cooling the massive Ford block.
Underneath this wildly custom Mustang is just as impressive as the rest of the vehicle. Put the GT500 on a lift and you’ll see that bolted to the Ford block is a Tremec TKO 5-speed manual transmission that sends power to a 3.55 posi-differential. In front of the drivetrain you’ll see the fully upgraded front suspension from Total Control. Equipped with a rack and pinion style setup, you’ll also find adjustable coil over springs at all four corners of the vehicle. At the rear of the car a Chris Alston 4-link suspension setup, with sway bar, ensures that no corner will get the best of this Stang. Stopping power comes courtesy of Wilwood 4-wheel disc brakes and, in front of those brakes, 17” Boze rims have been wrapped in Hankook rubber.
The luxurious black leather interior is a lot like the rest of the car with a blend of modern and classic Shelby touches. The dashboard has been subtly remodeled to house bright white gauges with silver trim for a traditional, but updated appearance and much better functionality. On the floor like new black carpet flanks both sides of the upgraded center console where you’ll find the controls for the 5-speed transmission. The shifter on top of the Tremec looks vintage and displays the correct 5-speed shift pattern. In front of the passenger seat you’ll see where Carroll Shelby himself signed the dash. The builders declared that the project was finished only when they towed this Stang to the Shelby Museum and had Shelby himself sign the dash. Behind the driver you’ll find a roll bar, and a two more seats that feature the same stitching pattern as the rest of the vehicle. The odometer shows only 210 shakedown miles since the build was completed, ensuring that this car is as good as it can possibly be.
The beauty of a tribute car is that it can be anything you want it to be. Love the Shelby lines, but also want modern braking and tires? Just looking for a killer car that will wow crowds everywhere you go, and goes down the road like a much modern piece? Here it is. No compromises, no disclaimers, no excuses. This is every bit as nice as it looks in pictures, and the car''s spec sheet bears out its ''no budget'' build mentality. Heck, you couldn’t duplicate this car for the money, and there are far less potent Mustang convertibles out there that cost more. What are you waiting for? Call now!
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