The recent passing of automotive innovator and icon Carroll Shelby has left a void in the car world that will be hard to fill, but just because Shelby is not with us any longer doesn’t mean that his influence can’t be felt. Classic Recreations out of Oklahoma is keeping the Shelby legacy alive, offering a GT500CR Mustang that not only makes uses of original Ford Mustang fastback parts, but is also entered into the official Shelby register.
“The GT500 is an elusive, highly collectible car that not many people have. One of my greatest challenges was making a classic-looking muscle car—maintaining the great iconic lines of the original—while integrating modern suspension, wheels, and amenities,” explains Classic Recreations founder Jason Engel. For the GT500CR, maintaining that classic look meant using parts from 1965 to 1968 fastbacks. To truly make it a Shelby, though, you’ve got to have the right engine under the hood as well as having the right look. For their version, Classic Recreations went with a 545 horsepower 7-liter Crate V8—the same configuration as Shelby’s GT. The engine connects to a Tremec 5-speed manual transmission. Other modern amenities include a coilover suspension, Baer brakes, Be Cool aluminum crossflow radiator, and new rack and pinion steering. Shelby also contributed the 427 wheels, which are shod in Nitto tires.
Inside, the dash is decked out in Carroll Shelby Signature gauges in a 1967 dashboard. The steering wheel is done in woodgrain aluminum. The driver and passengers will be sitting in Carroll Shelby Scat Rally Series 1000 seats with five-point Camlock seatbelts. There are modern touches here as well, including an optional GPS tracking, a flip screen with DVD display, a four-channel amplifier with coaxial speakers, and a CD player.
Classic Recreations builds each Shelby GT500CR Mustang upon request, investing over 2,500 hours of labor into each car. Pricing starts at $169,900.