There is only one original 1967 Shelby GT500 Convertible. Built as a prototype for Carroll Shelby himself, the machine rocked a potent dual-quad 428 under the hood, and, like all early Ford prototypes, was slated for destruction after a certain period of time. However, the car was stolen and missing long enough to upset the natural order of things. As such, the machine escaped the jaws of the crusher and lived on to find a home in a museum in Volo, Illinois. Not surprisingly, the convertible is worth a heavy stack of cash.

If you'd like to slide into a GT500 Convertible of your very own, you need not fret. Classic Recreations has worked up a version of the mythical Mustang. Available with either a fuel-injected 427 good for 545 horsepower or a supercharged variant with 780 ponies kicking to the rear wheels, the modern interpretation blends the sexy lines of the original with modern powertrain technology.

Power steering, modern suspension components and a Tremec five-speed manual gearbox are all standard hardware, as are the killer 17-inch wheels seen above. Each model comes with a power soft top, as well. Check out the full press release below for a little more information or head to the Classic Recreations site.
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CLASSIC RECREATIONS GOES TOPLESS WITH DEBUT OF THE 1967 SHELBY G.T.500CR CONVERTIBLE

Classic Recreations follows its iconic 1967 Shelby Fastback continuation car with a G.T.500CR Convertible officially licensed by Shelby.

Yukon, Okla. (July, 2012) –Never officially built with only one prototype car known to exist, the 1967 Shelby G.T.500 convertible is one of the rarest and most sought after collector cars of the 1960s. The debut of the Classic Recreations G.T.500CR convertible gives enthusiasts a new option, one that is bittersweet as the G.T.500CR convertible was the final Classic Recreations cars to receive Carroll Shelby's seal of approval before his passing.

The G.T.500CR is the only officially licensed 1967 Shelby Mustang in production, and all G.T.500CR models feature a hand-built 427 cubic inch (7.0L) engine, modern performance suspension, model specific bodywork, custom paint and hand-stitched upholstery. Every car comes with an official Shelby serial number, badges and is included in the official Shelby Worldwide Registry.

The G.T.500CR convertible will be offered in two different performance models. The G.T.500CR 545 model features a 545hp fuel injected 427, built in-house at Classic Recreations using top-shelf performance parts and Mass Flo digital fuel injection. Modernized suspension, power rack and pinion steering and a Tremec five speed manual transmission add to the modern driving experience. Other features include Carroll Shelby signature rally series 1000 seats, larger 17x9.5 rear wheels and front and rear coilover suspension for modern sports car handling. The exterior is available in five different color schemes and features authentic Shelby Performance parts and a real Shelby Le Mans racing gas cap.

The G.T.500CR 900S model has all the features of the 545 model plus boosted power to 780hp with an F1-R Intercooled ProCharger supercharged engine. Other upgrades include a 200mph speedometer and racing-style bucket seats. The 900S also boasts suspension and chassis upgrades as well as 17x11" rear wheels and wider ultra high performance Goodyear tires. All G.T.500CR convertibles will include a hand-stitched power top.

About Classic Recreations

Classic Recreations founder Jason Engel, and his company's team skilled technicians and craftsmen, have been modifying and custom fabricating high-performance vehicles for more than 10 years. Each built-to-order vehicle takes approximately four months (nearly 2,500 man hours) of painstaking assembly. Find out more about how to get your own customized vehicle at www.1967fastback.com.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      MONTEGOD7SS
      • 2 Years Ago
      A 5spd, 780hp, and little skinny 17s. This one will be in a ditch soon.
      Keldon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Sorry but that's just wrong, all wrong.
      ViperGuy
      • 2 Years Ago
      Nice but its $149,000 for 545 hp and $199,000 for 780 hp i would rather have a 2013 GT500 for $55k
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ViperGuy
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      goa
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't like the wheels, and the slot where the front bumper should be is just wrong. The painted rear bumper is questionable. Add rear exhaust (maybe the quad setup from the Boss 302?) and it'll be closer to my idea of what a 60's Mustang retro-mod should be.
      atc98092
      • 2 Years Ago
      I had a 1968 Shelby GT500 to drive for several months back in 1972. That dual quad 428 was a monster. Smooth idle at 650 RPM or so, but open all eight barrels and that thing flew. I was crusing about 120MPH on Interstate 5 north of Seattle late one evening (wasn't any traffic back then!) and just felt steady as a rock. Wish I would have bought it, but who am I kidding. I was 17 years old and wouldn't have kept it long anyway!
      Brian
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car looks very awkward to me. I'd rather have an authentic-looking Shelby clone to this one.
        Dwight Bynum Jr.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brian
        Agreed. You can thank all the sheep that went apesh*t over Eleanor in Gone in 60 Seconds for the look of this car...
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Wow, that is hideous. While not the biggest Mustang fan, I still respect the car and it's history. But Eleanor was just as bad as F&F in it's trend setting ways. These cars are absolutely ruined with that cheap-ass fiberglass front clip. It makes them look like a bulldozer.
      Travisty
      • 2 Years Ago
      Original prototype here: http://www.mustangmonthly.com/featuredvehicles/mump_0503_1967_shelby_gt500_convertible/photo_01.html I wish they'd stuck closer to the original (side exhaust pipes? chin spoiler?), but overall I like it. If I ever got my hands on the original I'd be scared to death to drive it. Just knowing that one errant stab of the loud pedal could send a one-of-a-kind historical piece careening off the road into a tree means that I literally *would* be that guy driving very carefully at 5mph below the speed limit. Having a modern car with modern equipment that emulates the original? Sounds *great* to me!
      Autoblog Reader
      • 2 Years Ago
      Like someone said, its very awkward looking. Also looks like it can be recreated with with a credit card and a JC Whitney catalog (looks wise). And for christs sake, lower the damn thing. No way would I attempt to max out the 200mph speedo in a car thats 11 inches off the ground. I dont think they will sell many of these. Singer on the other hand.....now thats how you do it...
      Walt
      • 2 Years Ago
      A few hot laps in this baby might blow that Asian car nonsense right out your tailpipe, eh Autoblog?
      xevious
      • 2 Years Ago
      The problem is the roll bar. That style roll bar is simply ugly. and takes away from the look of the car. That model mustang, (even camaros) should never use that roll bar. There are other styles that work. That one simple doesnt.
        ROLO
        • 2 Years Ago
        @xevious
        points tot eh classic in classic recreations. go back in time find a car with no awkwardness i think this cars bar suits the rest of it. if it had no bar. This style doesn't WORK for you. i like it. so now should we have a vote of who does and doesn't and who ever wins should we all change our taste for you?
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