This $250,000 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Is Retro Perfection - Maxim

This Brand New, $250,000 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake Is Retro Perfection

They're only building ten of these pristine recreations.
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Shelby GT500 Super Snake

Back in '67, Shelby American engineer Don McCain got the notion to build an even faster GT500 to do high-speed tire testing for Goodyear.

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With a 427-cubic-inch racing motor, heavy-duty front disc brakes, locking differential, traction bars and (natch) special Goodyears, the GT500 Super Snake reached 170 mph at the San Angelo, Texas proving ground.

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The car was a hit, so Shelby decided to offer the Super Snake to customers, but the high price attracted few takers. Now, ten lucky car nuts will have the chance to have Shelby build them a brand-new 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake, as Shelby American has announced a ten-car "continuation" series.

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The Super Snake's reputation has carried over to modern iterations, like Shelby's supercharged 670-horsepower 50th anniversary edition launched last year.

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For the continuation series, Shelby starts with an original '67 Mustang, which they strip down and rebuild with new sheetmetal. They install a fresh 550-horsepower 427 topped by a Holley four-barrel carb and cast aluminum valve covers. It is backed by a correct Top Loader 4-speed manual transmission that sends power to the correct locking differential.

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The original style front disc brakes and heavy-duty rear drums are standard, but Shelby is offering rear discs as an optional, non-correct upgrade. You can also select a modern five-speed manual transmission or even an automatic.

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The 15-inch Mag Star wheels preserve original appearance, no matter what hidden upgrades you might have chosen, and they are appropriately wrapped in Goodyear GTII tires.

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Shelby will deliver all this, with an original 1967 vehicle identification number and a Shelby serial number, for a cool quarter-million bucks. Whether or not you decide to test the 170 mph top speed in a 50 year-old design is entirely up to you.

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