Marcus De Guzman / Shelby American | May 18, 2018 12:17
The classic Super Snake lives on with the continuation of the original 1967 GT500
A legend from the past has been revived and is ready to take on the modern muscle cars of today.
Reborn from a bygone era is the 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake. Reintroduced during a press event held at the Carroll Shelby International in Gardena, California, the 1967 Shelby Super Snake will make use of donor Fastback Mustangs and will come with Shelby serial number.
“Shelby American’s line up of vehicles today is the most diverse in our 56-year history. 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, we offer something for everyone who wants to be best in class,” said Joe Conway, CEO of Shelby American.
The Continuation Series of Super Snakes are built from original 1967 Mustangs with factory VINs and original titles. Each car is stripped to bare metal in order to meet the strict standards needed for the GT500 Super Snake transformation. In addition, customers that wish to buy one can opt for an original donor period Shelby Fastback for their classic GT500 Super Snake.
Like the original muscle car from the late '60s, a 427 cubic inch (7.0-liter), racing-inspired V8 resides under the hood of the Super Snake. It churns out more than 550 PS and is available in both aluminum and cast-iron blocks. The sole transmission option for the classic '60s muscle car is a four-speed manual. Also, just like the original Shelby more than fifty years ago, the resurrected GT500 Super Snake also gets front disc brakes, the signature triple racing stripes and a redesigned front grill for better engine cooling.
“We’re fulfilling the dream of Carroll Shelby and Don McCain. 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,” said Gary Patterson, president of Shelby American.
Only ten exaples of the revived 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake will be made and each will cost $249, 995 (about Php 13.1 million).