Creator of hot Fords, Shelby American, Inc., announced that it will be producing a run of 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake models. This is great news if you are well-heeled muscle car fan.
Original as can be
The ten continuation cars will use 1967 donor Mustangs and include a Shelby serial number. All will feature signatures by Carroll Shelby and Don McCain who spearheaded the program in 1967.
Before his passing a few years ago, McCain promoted the idea of a rebirth of the Super Snake program. He signed ten dash plaques for the cars, as did Carroll Shelby.
“Shelby American’s line up of vehicles today is the most diverse in our 56-year history,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American. “From high-tech modern muscle to off-road super trucks, track day thrill rides and heritage cars like the continuation 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake.”
Watch a Ford pick-up being expertly drifted at the Nurburgring.
In 1967, the cost to produce the Super Snake was prohibitively high to make a decent business case, which discouraged McCain and Shelby from continuing the program. This left only one GT500 Super Snake built by Shelby American. The prototype has changed hands a few times over the years. Most recently, a collector paid over $1,3 million for it.
Under the hood
In keeping with the originality theme the “new” GT500 will boast a race-inspired big block V8 displacing 7,0 litres. The engine will be good for over 410 kW. Interestingly, Shelby will offer the car with a choice of aluminium or cast-iron blocks.
Power is sent to the rear wheels via a 4-speed manual transmission. Just like the original, the cars will have disc brakes and the famous triple stripes. These modern versions will be easy to distinguish thanks to a redesigned grille for improved air cooling.
Super Snakes will be built to order and sold through Shelby American. The cars will start at US$249,995.