AJ’s “Badass Friday” Car of the Day: 1967 Shelby GT 500 Fastback

AJ’s “Badass Friday” Car of the Day: 1967 Shelby GT 500 Fastback

Car: Shelby GT 500 Fastback

Year: 1967

What makes it special: The Shelby Mustang is a high performance variant of the Ford Mustang which was built by Shelby American from 1965 to 1968, and from 1969 to 1970 by Ford. Following the introduction of the fifth generation Ford Mustang in 2005, the Shelby nameplate was revived as a new high-performance model, this time designed and built by Ford.

What made it famous: The 1967 Shelby G.T. 500 was the first model built in the Shelby G.T. 500 range. It is based on the 1967 Mustang and is equipped with a FE 427 cu in 428 Cobra-Jet V8 engine topped with an aluminum mid-rise intake and 2X4-barrel 600 CFM Holley carburetors producing 355 bhp at 5400 rpm and 420 lb⋅ft at 3200 rpm of torque. Several body parts of the G.T. were made of fiberglass including the front-end, hood, rear tail light panel, deck lid, quarter panel extension, and side scoops. 2,048 were produced in 1967.

Why I would want one: If you grew up a Mustang fan, then you wanted this car ( and the other variations of Shelby Mustangs ) because this was amongst the top-tier of Shelby Mustangs.

Fun fact: The 2000 remake of the movie Gone in 60 Seconds featured a custom 1967 Mustang ‘Eleanor‘. Carroll Shelby started to produce his own version of Eleanor, but Denice Halicki, widow of the original Eleanor’s creator, filed suit against Carroll Shelby for infringing on the “Eleanor” trademark and copyrighted image. In 2008, Halicki won her case against Carroll Shelby.