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1967 and 2020 Ford Mustang GT500

Written by Gus Wilson

The Ford Mustang, the car that started the pony car segment, the European sports car inspired muscle car, the monster of the drag strip, a race track dominator, and a very popular drift car. The Ford Mustang was first introduced in 1964 at the 1963 World’s Fair in New York, the car became an instant success the when it was first put on the market, the Mustang came with two engine options being a straight-six or inline-6 and a V8 both delivering enough power although the I6 according to that engine made up on 17% of all sales in early 1964. Now, the Mustang was a pony/muscle car which meant it needed to have a big V8 engine to keep up with the competition and the biggest variant was the 428 cubic inches or 7.0-liter big block codenamed “Super Cobra Jet” which was introduced planted in the 1969 model year. The humongous big block made 335 horsepower and 440 ft-lbs of torque which was more like 410hp plus a few more ft-lbs of torque which was a lot of power for a 1969 factory car, despite most drag racing cars making around 1,000hp. The reason I bring all of this Mustang business up is that it leads into one of the greatest Mustang tuners in history (in my opinion), Shelby American Inc. or just Shelby cars was founded in 1962 by Carroll Shelby one of the best racing drivers in history. Shelby started modifying these Mustangs for the 1965 model year with some major modifications done to the stock car under the hood, in the interior, under the body, and on the exterior. The 289ci engine received some attention with a lighter air intake, special exhaust system to help it breath better, and a bigger carburetor. The cars were then dubbed the Shelby Mustang GT350 which started to make a name for itself on the race track.

Two model years later, 1967 became the prime year for the Shelby Mustang as it got a bigger 427ci V8 from its Le Mans-winning big brother, the Ford GT40 sports car that beat the Ferrari 330 P4 and Ferrari with a 1st -2nd -3rd. After all those upgrades the name from was changed from GT350 to GT500, which signifies the size of the engine block which is either a small block or big-block. Accelerate 52 years into the future, according to Road & Track Magazine a one of one’67 Shelby GT500 Super Snake was sold at Mecum auctions last weekend for a colossal $2.2 million. The reason this car is a one-off, extremely rare, super special Mustang is that for one it was a collaborative build between Goodyear tire company and for 500 miles at a speed average of 142mph with only 3% of the tread wearing off the pair of brand new tires. The second reason is that it was double the price of the normal GT500 and only 50 were going to be produced. The car reached a mechanically limited speed of 170mph which was relatively fast for a car from the late ’60s. The current owner of the Mustang restored the car with all the period correct items including an original set of Goodyear tires that were given the name “Thunderbolt” which were under the economy tire category.

About a week ago at the 2019 North American Auto Show, the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 was unveiled with every automotive journalist flocking to it like seagulls to a bag of chips. The new GT500 has a few first time items like a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission which is the only option as there is no manual which hopefully will change down the line, the 5.2L supercharged V8 is back with power figures projected to be 700hp & 600 lb-ft of torque, it has carbon fiber wheels like the Porsche 911 Turbo S or Mustang GT350 & Ford GT, carbon-fiber wing from the Mustang GT4 track car which is optional, and the car has very wide Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires at 315/30 in the rear along with 305/30 in the front. There are a lot more features which are too many to include in one article, but this was a lot of fun to write not only because I wrote about one of my dream cars, it was a lot of fun writing about this car since I always would pick the car to go up against the European exotics.

Picture taken by: Drew Phillips Photo found on: Article written by: Dan Sanchez

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Picture taken by: Ford Photo found on: Article written by: Fred Meier

Pictures (1, 4, & 6) taken by: Gus Wilson

Picture taken by: Mike Garrett Photo found on: Article written by: Mike Garrett

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Picture taken by: Ford Motor Company Photo found on: Article written by: Kurt Ernst

Pictures 2&3 taken by: Mecum Auctions Pictures found on: Article written by: Brian Silvestro

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Picture 1 taken by: Ford Photo found on: Article written by: Chris Perkins

Pictures 2, 3, 4, & 5 taken by: DW Burnett Photo found on: Article written by: Chris Perkins

About the author

Gus Wilson

Reporter and writer for the Gus car's section. I am an aspiring mechanical engineer and automotive journalist that really likes cars. This is the first car or truck oriented section of which I am happy to say that this is being written by a car fan for the community.