We’re anxiously awaiting the unveiling of the 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 but fans of the original model are in for a treat as Shelby American will offer a continuation model of the 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake.
Set to build on the success of the 1968 Shelby GT500KR continuation model announced earlier this year, the 1967 Shelby GT500 Super Snake is based on an original 1967 Mustang and features either an aluminum or cast-iron 7.0-liter V8 engine that produces more than 550 hp (410 kW / 557 PS). It will be connected to a four-speed manual transmission and each model will come with a dash plaque signed by Carroll Shelby and Don McCain.
Production will be limited to 10 units and each car will be built to order. Unfortunately, the model will be pretty expensive as Shelby says pricing starts at $249,995. That’s a lot of money but the company notes the original 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 Super Snake was recently sold for over $1.3 million.
Shelby didn’t say much else about the car but Shelby American president, Gary Patterson, noted the original model started out as an engineering prototype for high-speed tire testing by Goodyear. After testing was completed, Shelby American offered it to Mel Burns Ford where it was sold to a member of the public.
The original model was equipped with a host of upgrades as it featured a 7.0-liter V8 race engine, heavy duty front disc brakes and a Detroit Locker rear end. The car also had a unique grille, rear traction bars and special Goodyear Thunderbolt tires.
McCain approached Shelby about the possibility of building a production version of the Super Snake. The company looked into the idea but eventually determined the car would have been too expensive.