2011 Ford Shelby GT 500
Any organization that is still thriving over 100 years after its founding is bound to have a number of important people come and go throughout its history, and this especially rings true for the Ford Motor Company. Beginning with Henry Ford himself, many members of the Ford family left their mark and carried the mantle for their namesake's company throughout the 20th Century and beyond. Many memorable people have come and gone over the years, but one of the most influential men in the history of Ford was never a full-time employee of the company. That individual was Carroll Shelby. From the early 1960s all the way to his death in 2012, Carroll Shelby had a relationship with the Ford Motor Company, which, like the American automotive industry, had its share of peaks and valleys.
For consignment the result of a collaboration with Carrol Shelby and the blue oval, and you know it has some pumped up HP's (550) from a serious engine (5.4 Liter Supercharged V8). It is also exuberantly draped in white with a racing stripe, and has an eye popping appealing and mesmerizing comfortable leather two tone interior. All with a mere 5,728 actual miles, you may have to drain the synthetic break in oil?
Maintaining the throwback look of the original Mustang with their brooding grille and horizontal hooded headlamps, to the now lack of a hockey stick cove in the front quarters and doors, to the B pillar vent now a window, and rear spoiler, we see a draping of gloss Performance White on straight steel panels, and dual wide racing stripes in shining red, running up the center front bow to stern. 20-inch polished contemporary looking spoked mag style wheels are on front and rear. The 3 grouping of the vertical rectangle tail-lamps also goes back to its roots of design, as does the now louver-less rear glass which sweeps downward toward the trunk lid. On top of the roof is a glass vista roof to watch the clouds pass by as you contemplate your next victim.
Door panels make use of some vertical tuck and roll leather and even the design of this panel is reminiscent of model years that have come before. Beautiful high back buckets for the front have tuck and roll inserts which sport some corresponding to the exterior red stripes, and smooth black leather bolsters. Embroidered within the backs between the seat back and integrated headrest is a Cobra badge looking ready to strike. The 2 plus 2 rear seats are tight but comfortable and covered all in leather and suede same two tone as the buckets. A center console houses the shifter and some storage rises from the center hump and provides room for the AM/FM/CD stereo, backup cam and navi screen. To the drivers dash we turn our eyes and more retro with the dual round deepset speedo and tach, with a central info screen in digital form. This is fronted by the original steering wheel, complete with radio controls, phone Bluetooth hookup, and cruise control buttons. Black carpet covers the floors and more embroidered white GT500 badges remind you of exactly what you are in for.
Is 550 Horses enough for you? It is all buttoned up under the hood in a very clean engine bay, and it presents itself as a 5.4 Liter V8 that just so happens to be supercharged. EFI and a TR6060 6-speed manual transmission with a Ford 8.8-inch 3.73 TracLoc rear axle move you forward.
Save for a few and far between dirt splatters the undercarriage could be considered showroom. A stainless exhaust runs underneath, and still is wrapped by the factory part id bands. We can note independent with coil springs in front, and a 3 link with pan head bar suspension on the rear. Power Brembo disc brakes are dealt out on the front, power discs on the rear and all is looking excellent underneath. An advance trac stability system is also on this unit.
One needs to be very gentle with a car that produces 550 HP, and this car is no exception. Lights right up and has a menacing growl as we made our way to the test track. Acceleration is neck snapping, handling is on rails, and steering response is lightning quick. It is a nice cruiser especially in 6th gear, it feels like it could go on forever, but sadly our test drive had to come to an end.
Holy Hooks! would sum this car up, with eye popping HP, skin hugging leather /suede seats, plenty of conveniences and loads of fun, this throwback design is very modern and stylish as well as super clean lines, which does not allow the earlier models to even hold a candle to this performer, but it pays tribute to those that have come before it.
1ZV-Auto Alliance International Ford Passenger Car
B-Air Bags & Manual Belts
P8J- Shelby GT500 Coupe
S-5.4L V8 550HP
5-AAI: Flat Rock MI Assy Plant
134976-Sequential Unit Number
EXT PNT HP-Performance White
TR 6D-Black Leather, Red Accents
AX BB-Ford 8.8" 3.73 TracLoc
TR E-TR6060 6 Speed Manual