An American muscle car legend, the 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake, is back.
Shelby announced it will build 10 more units of the Super Snake using 1967 Mustangs as donor cars, and complete with factory VINs and original titles.
A Shelby ‘427’ (7.0-litre) V8 good for more than 410kW will be its powerplant, available as either aluminum or cast-iron blocks, which are hooked up to a 4-speed manual transmission.
The donor cars are stripped completely back for their transition into Super Snakes, with customers able to opt for an original period Shelby fastback for transformation into a Super Snake.
Shelby American president Gary Patterson says the project finishes the goal originally set by Carroll Shelby and employee Don McCain to build a limited run of the cars in the late ‘60s.
“We’re fulfilling the dream of Carroll Shelby and Don McCain,” says Patterson.
“Shelby built an engineering study dubbed the ‘Super Snake’ for high-speed tire testing by Goodyear in 1967.
“When that successful test ended, Shelby American offered it to Mel Burns Ford in So Cal to retail to the public.
“Former Shelby American employee Don McCain approached Shelby about doing a limited run of cars.
“They carefully studied the idea but sadly, the timing did not work because the car was too expensive.
“The program never came to fruition, until now.”
With only one original car built, its value has been tremendous at auctions, with Shelby stating it recently fetched over $1.3 million.
The return of the Super Snake comes after Shelby reintroduced the 1968 Shelby GT500KR (KR – King of the Road) in January, with 10 fastbacks and 10 convertibles of KR to be built.
Shelby says the 10 Super Snakes will be priced starting from US$249,995.
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