I will never forget that day. It was late 2012 and I had two years in the car biz under my belt. I had moved a lot of metal in those two short years but one vehicle had eluded me. The Shelby GT500 was and always will be one of my favorite production cars ever created. I wanted to sell one so bad I could taste.
We had just recently traded for a pristine, black on black 2011 and I knew it would be gone before it ever made it through the detail shop. Then I got the call. A gentleman from Orlando wanted to fly up and take this one home. I was beside myself. We hastily made arrangements to pick him up at the airport and two days later he arrived to take the black beauty on an 800 mile drive back home to Florida.
It was one of those moments you will never forget. As if you become part of something historic. The Shelby GT500 is an American icon that represents something pure about the American dream.
Earlier that year, the legend Carroll Shelby had passed away and the fate of the Shelby and Ford relationship was unknown. Sure enough, three years later when the next generation of Mustang was announced, the GT500 had been cut from the roster.
Since 2015 there have been a few iterations of the Shelby mustang including the track-inspired GT350 but the All-American classic GT 500 still lay dormant.
Test models of the Shelby GT500 have been spotted here and there for the last year but until recently, they were closed course with no signs of a production car to be seen. 2017 may be there year that all changes.
TopSpeed reports that a new, very beefy Mustang has been spotted on the open roads outside Dearborn and that the features on this ride scream GT500. Preliminary reports indicate this Mustang could house a turbo-charged 5.2L V-8 which would be a shift from the traditional supercharged blocks seen in Shelbys of the past. Ford’s “Voodoo” 5.2 has seen its share of twin turbo variations and that combination would easily produce the 700 plus horsepower anticipated in the new GT500.
If the latest Shelby GT500 is to be a 2019 model year, it is possible we could see it in the flesh by the end of the year. If not, we can at least hope for some official word from Ford on its development.
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