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“Better late than never” is quite an understatement with this news. Shelby will be building a very limited run of 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snakes. During the 1960s, Shelby produced a demonstration Mustang for Goodyear powered by the legendary 427-cubic-inch race engine famous from a Le Mans-winning Ford GT40, branding the car the Shelby GT500 Super Snake in the process. Horsepower output was supposed to me 520 which still might have been underrated knowing Ford. Shelby will be building 10 examples for enthusiasts, priced at around $250,000.
“Their continuation” line allows them to bring classic cars back to today’s roads. “We’re fulfilling the dream of Carroll Shelby and Don McCain. Shelby built an engineering study dubbed the ‘Super Snake’ for high-speed tire testing by Goodyear in 1967,” he said. “The program never came to fruition, until now,” explained Shelby American president Gary Patterson.
Shelby will be outfitting the Supersnakes with a similar race-inspired 427 V-8 with hp numbers closer to 550. Both aluminum and cast-iron blocks will be available, backed by a four-speed manual transmission. Just like the original, the cars will have disc brakes and the famous triple stripes.
All chassis will be from a 1967 Mustang donor and will keep the original Ford VINs, but will include a specialized Shelby serial number for the official Shelby registry. Shelby also allows buyers to provide their own original 1967 Shelby to be upgraded at an additional cost.