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Shelby Mustang GT500 (1969)


Shelby Mustang GT500 (1969)

If too much power was considered just enough, the Shelby GT500 went overboard when it joined the GT350 in production in 1967. It was a sales success, outselling the smaller-engined model two to one. Based on the standard Mach 1 Mustang, it differed visually with a new grille, different tail lights, Shelby stripes and square tailpipes. Like the Mach 1, the Shelby used the 428 Cobra jet big-block V8 engine, but it had massive handling improvements. Heavy-duty springs and shocks, wider tyres, thicker anti-roll bars and a roll cage to stiffen the shell gave the Shelby great balance. The exclusivity cost though, at three times the price of Ford's regular Mach 1. Although the factory rated the Cobra Jet motor at 335bhp (250kW) to appease insurance companies who were charging $1000 to insure young males, the output was actually closer to 400bhp (298kW).

Shelby Mustang GT500 (1969) Specifications

Top speed:130 mph (208 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):5.5 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:428 ci (7,013 cc)
Transmission:3-speed auto
Max power:335 bhp (250 kW) @ 5,200 rpm
Max torque:440 lb ft (596 Nm) @ 3,400 rpm
Weight:3,100 lb (1,409 kg)
Economy:8 mpg (2.83 km/I)
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