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Classic Recreations Shelby GT500CR - Click above for high-res image gallery

Earlier this month during SEMA, Oklahoma-based Classic Recreations announced that it had scored a licensing deal with Carroll Shelby to build a continuation version of the legendary Shelby Mustang GT500. At the time of the announcement, we didn't know much about the car, aptly named the GT500CR, except that each would come with an official Shelby serial number and be included in the Shelby Worldwide Registry.

However, thanks to new information recently released by Classic Recreations, we now have the preliminary details for the GT500CR. Three separate models will be available, starting with an Intro model that comes standard with a 427ci V8, 150-hp nitrous system, upgraded suspension, power rack-and-pinion steering, Tremec five-speed manual transmission, Baer brakes, and more. One step up from that is the Performance package that also gets items like upgraded seats, larger rear wheels, and a coilover suspension system. At the top of the range is the Venom model, featuring an intercooled supercharger system that boosts the V8 to 780 horsepower, along with other performance upgrades. More details about the GT500CR can be found in Classic Recreation's press release posted after the jump, and we've included the original renderings of the car in the gallery below in case you missed them the first time around.



[Source: Classic Recreations]

PRESS RELEASE:

Custom coachbuilder Classic Recreations has released preliminary technical details and package specifications for the G.T.500CR, a 1967 Shelby continuation vehicle that was announced opening day of the annual SEMA Show in Las Vegas. All three G.T.500CR models will feature a hand-built 427 cubic inch (7.0L) engine, model specific bodywork, custom paint and hand-stitched upholstery. Every car will have an official Shelby serial number, badges and will be included in the official Shelby Worldwide Registry.

The G.T.500CR will be offered in three models. The "Intro" model is powered by a 545hp fuel injected 427, built in-house at Classic Recreations using top-shelf performance parts and Mass Flo digital fuel injection. A 150hp NOS nitrous oxide system provides extra power when needed. Upgraded suspension and power rack and pinion steering modernize the car's handling, and a Tremec five speed manual transmission sends the power to ZR rated tires on 17x8" Shelby 427 wheels over front and rear cross drilled Shelby/Baer brakes. Inside, the driver will find a custom stereo, climate control and Carroll Shelby Signature seats, gauges, console, and floormats. The exterior is available in five different color schemes and features authentic Shelby Performance parts, such as lights, emblems and a real Shelby Le Mans racing gas cap.

The "Performance" model has all the features of the "Intro", including the 150HP Nitrous system, rack and pinion steering and 160mph speedometer, plus Carroll Shelby Scat Rally series 1000 seats, larger 17x9.5 rear wheels and a Total Control front and rear coilover suspension system for modern sports car handling.

The "Venom" maintains the authentic Shelby look of the "Intro" and "Performance" models, but boosts horsepower to 780hp with an F1-R Intercooled ProCharger supercharged engine. The interior is upgraded with a 200mph speedometer and racing-style bucket seats. The "Venom" also boasts suspension and chassis upgrades as well as 17x11" rear wheels and wider ultra high performance Goodyear tires. Model line specifications and details are subject to change.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what "suspension upgrades" means?
      This car should have a fully modern chassis & suspension - WITH an IRS.
      Otherwise there is no real progress, it is just a replica, not a "continuation" which implies progress.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Absolutely ridiculous. Does this mean that some good Mustangs are going to be butchered to build these things, or will they built with reproduction bodyshells? All this "continuation" stuff is a huge scam. Like those "original" Cobra frames that miraculously appeared in a California warehouse several years ago.

      Real Cobras and Shelby Mustangs will always be real Cobras and Shelby Mustangs, while the rest will always be bogus.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I am assuming existing mustangs won't be butchered for these. Dynacorn sells complete 67/68 fastback bodies for
      • 5 Years Ago
      Not sure why there's so much hate about this? Kinda kool looking and there's been these kind of recreations over the years?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Now I understand why Carroll Shelby fought the SAAC. He wanted access to the official registry so he could license "continuation" models to third-parties of everything he could and provide instant "authentication" of these products on the Shelby Registry.

      So when am I going to be able to buy my "official continuation" model of a Dodge Omni for $100,000?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is there anything that he won't put his name on it for money? He's such a sell out.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The just the cheapening of the Shelby brand, and the whole "continuation" idea. I don't mind them building the cars, just don't try to con everybody into thinking these are a "continuation" of the originals. Not a single one of these will have ever seen the inside of the Rouge plant.