1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR - vintage road test


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133096 / 1968 Ford Shelby Mustang GT500KR
For more information on this vehicle visit http://tinyurl.com/d5kwdxb This 1968 Shelby GT500KR pro-tourer combines a heavy dose of big engine power with modern car dynamics to create an unbeatable combination of street ready swagger. With less than 70K original miles, this completely rust free car lived most of its life as a well-maintained six cylinder grocery getter that, as you can tell, would prove to be the perfect candidate for a killer pro-touring build. The owner began by separating the body from its frame and ordering Shelby-style Maier fiberglass pieces for the front clip, hood, fender extensions, decklid and tail light panel. Once the frame was media blasted and the car was bolted back together, hours were spent mocking up the fiberglass pieces to ensure proper fit and the whole body was block sanded to a completely wave free surface. When the panels were as tight and flat as possible, the body was completely disassembled and covered from top to bottom in custom mixed Dupont Chromabase Candy Apple Red and a glossy clearcoat shell. Looking completely natural between the cars satin black fenders is a Robert Pond Motorsports aluminum side oiler 427 which has been stroked to 482 cubic inches and produces 575 horsepower. At the top of the engine, two Quickfuel tuned 750 Holley carburetors mix air from a finned air cleaner with fuel from a 22 gallon stainless fuel tank. Below those carburetors, a Blue Thunder 2x4 intake props a billet distributor above a custom Comp Cams hydraulic roller camshaft. Below that camshaft, a Scat crankshaft pushes forged H-beam rods and forged JE pistons toward Edelbrock Performer RPM FE CBC ported heads that are capped by finned Shelby valve covers. Breathing is aided by Sanderson ceramic coated long tube headers which sprawl among Express performance plug wires. And cooling is supplied by a Griffin aluminum radiator which is equipped with three electric fans and a chrome overflow tank. In front of the engine, a March serpentine system spins a polished power steering pump, a polished AC compressor and a chrome 100 amp alternator. Behind the stroked motor you'll find a fresh Tremec TKO600 5-speed manual transmission that's been bolted to both an American Powertrain hydraulic clutch and a Quicktime steel bellhousing. Lift the third pedal and that modern transmission sends power to a Heidts nine inch Traction Lok rear end which is equipped with a nine inch factory third member, 3.25 Richmond gears and 31 spline axles. At the front of the car, new tubular control arms combine with a TCP shock tower brace, a one inch anti-sway bar and new coilovers to provide sharp turns; and at the back of the car, a Heidts four link suspension utilizes a panhard bar and two additional coilovers for excellent grip. Stopping is a cinch thanks to a four wheel disc Wilwood system which clamps 12 inch drilled and slotted rotors through four piston calipers; and power flows to the ground through Vintage Wheel Works V50 wheels and 245/45/17 front and 275/40/17 rear Bridgestone Potenza radials. Inside the car you'll find a freshly restored factory vinyl interior that is super nice and fits the character of this custom Mustang perfectly. The restored front seats wear their new covers well and feature firm padding that's probably spent most of its life holding trophies instead of people. Below the seats, new black carpet is sandwiched between Dynamat sound deadening insulation and cool, silver stitched Cobra floor mats. Top dead center on that carpet is a great looking wood trimmed, and cobra branded console which holds a traditional chrome shifter and Shelby shift knob behind traditional Stewart Warner Greenline console gauges. At the front of the car, a spectacular looking wood trimmed dash includes a Shelby 140 MPH speedometer and a Shelby 8,000 RPM tachometer above an MP3 compatible Alpine CD player that's hooked to a modern six speaker sound system. Connecting the driver to the road is an excellent looking Shelby wood rim steering wheel that props a pristine Shelby horn button on an Ididit steering column. With an authentic Shelby appearance and a modern Mustang feel, this 1968 GT500KR pro-tourer combines the style and class of yesterday with some of the best performance technology of today. Call, click or visit http://RKMotorsCharlotte.com for more information on this awesome car!

1967 Ford Mustang Shelby Commercial
1967 Ford Mustang Shelby Commercial

1965 Shelby Cobra vs. 2013 Shelby GT500, C63 AMG, Viper SRT-10 - CAR and DRIVER
Sam Smith gets behind the wheel of the classic 1965 Shelby Cobra to see how its timeless design and engineering translate into today's most modern muscle cars in the latest episode of Car and Driver: Tested. CARS: Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG, Shelby Cobra, Dodge Viper SRT-10, Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 LOCATION: GingerMan Raceway, South Haven, Michigan MAG EDITORS: Sam Smith Subscribe! http://bit.ly/subscribecaranddriver Twitter: http://bit.ly/tweetcaranddriver Facebook: http://on.fb.me/facebookcaranddriver Hosted by the editors of Car and Driver magazine, this show puts the audience into the action on new-car reviews, comparison tests, auto-show coverage, and more. Our experts drive and test the latest models, attend automotive events around the world, and check out the latest in-vehicle technology like massaging seats and night-vision systems. Viewers will also have the opportunity to write in and extend the conversation. Each week, the Car and Driver YouTube Channel will launch episodes of The Full Hoon, Driver Rehab, Battle of the Beaters, Car and Driver: Tested, Popular Mechanics Saturday Mechanic, and Road & Track Presents.