• Feb 25, 2010
Classic Recreations Shelby G.T.500CR – Click above for high-res image gallery

Last year we reported that Oklahoma-based Classic Recreations had signed a licensing deal with Shelby to produce brand new versions of the 1967 Shelby GT500. At the time we only had a few renderings to show you, but the company has just released a slew of new photos showing off every detail of the just-finished prototype car.

Named the GT500CR, the old-but-new Shelby mixes both modern and classic components for the best of both worlds. Rack and pinion steering, a modern suspension, drilled and slotted Baer brakes and tight-fitting fiberglass body panels are all improvements over the original '67 Shelbys, and the 427ci V8 putting out 545 horsepower ensures it will be quite a bit faster too.

The GT500CR also offers a deluxe 1967 interior with Carroll Shelby signature seats and gauges, 17-inch wheels and tires, nine-inch rear end and a Tremec transmission. Feeling brave? You can also opt for the Venom model that adds a supercharger system good for 780 horsepower. Get all the details in the high-res mega gallery below.



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SHELBY GT500CR PROTOTYPE MAKES FIRST APPEARANCE IN VEGAS

Classic Recreations 1967 G.T.500CR makes first public appearance in Las Vegas the same weekend as the NASCAR Shelby American Race

Yukon, Okla. (Feb 25th, 2010) - Less than four months after custom coachbuilder Classic Recreations announced the Officially-Licensed 1967 Shelby G.T.500CR continuation car program at the 2009 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the first prototype made its debut in the same city but with a very different setting.

Details of the reborn supercar have been a closely guarded secret, but on February 25th, 2010, the first GT500CR prototype was photographed near the Shelby American facility in Las Vegas, prior to an all-Shelby weekend where car owners and NASCAR fans gathered to celebrate the legendary mark during the NASCAR Shelby American GT350 stock car race.

The G.T.500CR is the first official 1967 Shelby Mustang continuation car ever built, and each hand-built vehicle features a 427 cubic inch (7.0L) engine, model specific bodywork, custom paint and hand-stitched upholstery.
Every has an official Shelby serial number, badges and will be included in the Shelby World Registry. The prototype that appeared in Las Vegas is the 545 horsepower Performance Model, featuring a fuel injected, naturally aspirated engine, modern coil-over suspension with rack-and-pinion steering and more.

About Classic Recreations

Classic Recreations founder Jason Engel, and his company's team of skilled technicians and craftsmen, have been modifying and custom fabricating high-performance vehicles for more than 10 years. Each built-to-order G.T.500CR takes approximately four months (nearly 2,500 man hours) of painstaking assembly. Find out more about how to get your own hand built vehicle at www.1967fastback.com.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      It seems that whenever I have seen a classic Mustang recently, it doesn't grab me emotionally as much as most other classic cars do. I think it is because Ford has recaptured a lot of the good aesthetic and vibe features the classic Mustangs had and put them into their new Mustangs.

      But if you ask me, I would still buy the classic stock Mustang (not this one in particular) over the new.. (as long as if I'm not using it as a daily driver)
      • 4 Years Ago
      I hate to pass judgment on others so if you like the old looks and the newer engine it is a match made in heaven. Not my cup of tea and reminds me of the same person who would buy a kit car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Cut down on the signatures everywhere, enough to make ya puke.
      TC
      • 4 Years Ago
      POSERS? You must be kidding! Most of you girls have never driven anything other than a little pissant car that looks like it should be included in the Barbie Holiday Gift Set. The old muscle cars you admire so much were junk. Drive one every day and you'll soon find that they would overheat and die at stoplights... and don't even think about hitting a puddle or you'll be on the side of the road trying to dry off the distributor. Three cheers for Shelby.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @TC
        No one said anything about the performance improvements made to these types of "resto-mods"... just the looks. I think its obvious that if someone wants a true classic, they can buy one, restored cars are a dime a dozen. The point of this type of re-creation is to combine modern performance and reliability with the classic looks. But adding the stupid "glassed in" bumpers and side pipes make it look like a Pep-Boys special. Its the same thing as putting body kits on a Civic. Someone up above posted pics of the Eleanor and the original Shelby and that clearly shows how much better the proportions are on the real car. There is no need to improve that! They should focus on the performance, use a modern engine, AC, put on a nice (slightly) lower suspension, maybe upgrade to 16" rims that mimic the classic ones, but no larger. I can see putting in some good seats, and AC, but dont mess with the looks!! Basically, make it look like the Parnelli Jones Trans Am race Mustangs... now THATS a sweet looking classic Mustang!!

        http://cache.jalopnik.com/assets/resources/2006/11/IMG_1093.jpg
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just my personal opinion but I think most of the people who post their negative comments about cars like this have never owned a classic anything nor would they ever buy one. They are not the target market. Therefore their comments are mostly irrelevant anyway. It's similar to kids who own a FWD Civic with a fart pipe making comments about how much better a Mustang would handle with IRS. Chances are they would never buy a Mustang anyway so who cares what they think they know?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Some people will think this is a sacrilege, but I'd love one of this with a capstone turbine and electric motors :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      For some reason my first thought is that this is turrible. But, the more I think about it, I can't find anything specific I don't like about this car. I don't know, it just doesn't look right.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I want to like it, but something about it looks cheap and not quite right. I wonder if the proportions are off. The seats, gauges and speaker covers look straight out of a JC Whitney catalog.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder if this thing is made from a refurbished 1967 Mustang body, of if it is one of these new reproduction bodies made by Dynacorn?
      At any rate, it looks like a mustang with a bad over bite. The interior is beautiful, but why in the hell do they have to add the goofy teenage looking bumpers, side pipes and scoops? I hated Eleanore and this looks just as dumb. It's a shame, because it could actually be very cool.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I understand that many of you don't care for the car, but it doesn't seem right to bash the guy. This is an American car builder, employing Americans, building an American Classic. From a guy living in a state with 18% unemployment, I give him koodo's. Do I think the front end could be tweaked a bit, foe'-sho, but there is some out right venom out there that I just don't understand????
        • 4 Years Ago
        We bash him because this car isn't built for the love of the car, it is built to appear "collectible" to people out there with more money than brains. It feeds off the SHELBY name, its the vehicular equivalent to product placement in movies. Why have his name all over the car? I have the same problem with the 2007-2008 Mustang Shelby GT (not the GT500, the regular one). It was nothing more than a stock GT with some dealer-available Ford Racing options installed, but with a $10k price premium because it had his name on it? Why? Because people thought if they bought that one, it would rise in value like the Shelbys from the 60s. Back in the day, they built them for performance, thats WHY they are worth more. When you try so hard to make a collectible, you just end up looking cheesy.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I happened to walk into a car dealer in Victoria B.C in 1983 and saw a 1967 Shelby GT350 for sale for the "princely sum" of $17,500.00. I remember shaking my head as I could of bought a brand new RX-7 GSL-SE for that price. I didn't even ask how many miles were on it as old Mustangs were a dime a dozen and I already had a slick ride (1969 Dart GTS convertible). I had taken the six pack off a Cuda and was still trying to get all three carbs in sync, so buying another summer car was out of the question.
      "Sigh".
      • 4 Years Ago
      Through in an A.C. and a big fat white cue-ball and I'll take it !
      • 4 Years Ago
      It looks like a goofy plastic toy, or something built in high school auto shop. The taillights even look like they're angled slightly. Epic fail. If Carroll Shelby has signed off on this debacle, he's even more senile than I thought. Good grief.
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