I must be on a horsepower kick, or a mid-life
I knew as soon as I watched a video
of the new 2007
GT500 Shelby Mustang, I was going to own one. This car truly got me
excited. Okay, some may consider that to be an impulse purchase, but I thought it through for at least 2-3 seconds. I
pondered. What a car. Unbelievably awesome. ...and,
how often does someone have the opportunity to purchase a brand new, 500
horsepower, factory produced Shelby? I could, so I did.
the United States of America! Thank goodness for capitalism!
Internet videos got me started researching the
GT500's....and these videos ended-up costing me a lot of $$$.
Ford had some great Shelby GT500 videos on their
web site, but they are gone now. Too bad.
Below is my second favorite video of the GT500. They could
have found a prettier flag girl, but oh well. I have to admit, I
would love to try this 9.5 mile stretch and I have always been fascinated
with Route 66.. Check-out the average MPH from a standing
start! No too bad! Outran the helicopter!!! (note:
this link is broken and I believe CarPix has removed the video!)
Here is a good video of an
exact duplicate to my car. This gives a good feel for the real sounds in a
convertible. Check out the wide supercharger belt spinning and
speaking of spinning, he catches a little scratch as he takes of.
He runs the tack up pretty high, too.
America's industrial core
flexing its muscles...This is a rather poor quality video of inside the
Mustang factory. A few shots of Carroll Shelby are included. I
also believe the burn-out at the end is of only a GT Mustang, not the
GT500. Also note a quick glimpse of a torch red convertible on the
assembly line with Carroll Shelby walking away from it. Maybe that
one is mine?
My Shelby was ordered by the owner of a small town Ford,
Lincoln, Mercury dealership in Missouri. This guy was a car freak
and specifically a Shelby nut. He has owned something like 24 Shelby's.
This one was going to be part of his personal collection until business was slow
and he just finished a $2M addition to his dealership. He decided
an expensive museum piece just did not make sense at this point in time,
so he decided to sell. With only 10 miles on it, it found its way
to my museum after I personally inspected it....thanks to Passport
Transport, the trip in the enclosed trailer to Texas was problem free...
For you detail freaks, the car is optioned as
Torch red clearcoat, otherwise
known as "ticket red" clearcoat.
500 horsepower, 5.4 liter, supercharged, 4 valve
per cylinder, V8 (these are the only Mustangs to come with the 5.4
"big block" V8. FYI - Today's "big blocks"
are only 330 cubic inches, but generate much more power than the big
blocks of the 1960's and 1970's). Of course, it takes premium
6 speed, Tremec manual transmission with dual
ceramic clutch discs (not an option, but cool to have a 6 speed manual -
and it shifts super smooth)
Cloth black convertible top (the only color
offered - too bad, it would look better with a white top)
Gas guzzler tax of $1,300. Nice. Not
an option. Thanks a lot.
Sirius satellite radio with 6 months free
GT500 Premier Trim Package (upgraded interior,
red leather in seats, red in armrests, compass in mirror, aluminum
pedal covers, leather stitched shifter boot and dash)
Shelby white tape stripe (the convertibles only
come with the boot stripe - no top stripes)
Shaker 1000 audio system (killer system -
unbelievable, 10 speakers, 1,000 watts, all factory, also plays MP3
format and has MP3 input jack in console). Otherwise known as the
"Shack Daddy 1000".
Full (factory) vehicle cover and storage bag (as seen in the
Of course, all of the other Shelby standard
features...Goodyear 18" Supercar tires 255 x 45's on front and
285 x 40's on rear, Brembo brakes, dual stainless exhaust, ABS, dual
front air bags, heavy duty everything - radiator, drive line, strut
bracing, dual side air bags (in seats), active and passive anti-theft
system, Shelby badgeing, etc.
Not an option, but cool is the soft bounce on
the windows. When you move the door latch, the windows drop
about 1" to clear the top. When the doors are closed, the
windows bounce back up to tightly seal against the top.
Clever. Also, when you run the convertible top down, the rear
windows drop first, then the top lowers. As if by magic.
Okay, a few pictures... Did I mention 500
horsepower? The most powerful Mustang ever offered to the public
(currently, the GT500 KR "King of the Road" and the 2010 GT
500's are more powerful
at 540 horsepower, unfortunately, there will only be 1,000 KR coupes produced
per year by
the prices dealers are attempting to obtain are crazy. Like $100K
to $130K asking price. Sticker is about $78K). No thanks, as that
is too much bling for me. Update: prices are more reasonable now,
a/o January, 2010.
During my inspection at the Park Hills, Missouri dealership. Note
battery cart and jumper cables, as the battery was D-E-A-D. As a note,
there is so much parasitic draw on the battery, it drains down in about
30 days. Most new cars are similar.
I have many,
many more pictures of the pre-purchase inspection process, but no need in overloading the Cebridge server.
Inside the truck upon arrival to my street. A
beautiful early March Texas day, I might add. Only 650 miles and a few $$
later, the Shelby is home...
Only a few feet behind the truck and look what
happens! No plates, no State inspection, but I do have insurance,
Mr. and Ms. Officer! ..It's not stolen, I swear!
"Let's see how slow that
Charger really is!"
"How about we race for pink
my best to lighten the officers up a little.
Okay, it worked. Truthfully, they stopped just
to see the Shelby, as this is big excitement for our small, rural town!
We have the best Police Officers. Not only are they Texas
certified Peace Officers, they are also individually trained and certified fire fighters and EMT's.
Their shoulder patches list all three credentials. We are fortunate to
have such skilled individuals to keep us safe in our small, quiet City...even if they touched
my new toy, they are still great. Not many can say they received a
police escort home!
all for now. With only 215 miles on the Shelby to date, my only comment is
AWESOME. The "Shack Daddy 1000" sound system is amazing and worth
every penny I paid for the entire car. Unreal sound clarity and
volume from the ten factory speakers. Oh yes, the car seems
great, too. I have taken it very easy so far, as I want to break
it in right. Of course with my very limited driving, it
might never be fully broken-in! Maybe I should just hammer it
right from the start!?
okay.... are you ready for the license plates?
chance not to look...
you think these plates might get me pulled-over?
I'm looking forward to
2009 when Texas goes to seven numbers/letters. All we have now is six
numbers and/or letters. Like a few other States, there will be so many
more possibilities using seven characters on personalized plates.
How about a few more recent pictures
with the top down? The Shelby looks soooooo much better with the top
dropped. In fact, I have never driven it with the top up!
Note it this pic,
the added, non-intrusive license plate holder. With the factory
license plate bracket (not installed) you have to drill the bumper.
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