Shelby is commemorating a very special anniversary in a very big way. It’s launching a limited-edition Shelby Super Snake in honor of the car’s 50th birthday. It unveiled the car at last weekend’s Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.
Fifty years ago, Carroll Shelby and his team at Shelby American built the first Mustang-based Super Snake. Here’s some fun trivia for you, too. The high-performance car actually started out a test vehicle for Goodyear. It was based on Shelby’s original GT500 and featured the V-8 of the GT40 racecar. Sadly, Shelby never built more than the original test vehicle because it was so pricey.
The 50th anniversary version of its current Super snake is based on the Mustang GT, with some special badging and modifications of course. They boost output up to 750-horsepower.
Shelby only plans to build 500 of the limited-edition sports cars. Prices for the 670-hp version start at $69,995. (Shelby isn’t saying how much you’ll shell out for the 750-hp model.)
Both versions come with a supercharged Mustang GT 5.0-Liter V8 under the hood. Buyers can choose any color offered by the Ford factory and can choose between a manual or automatic. Other features include a custom suspension setup, Wilwood brakes (6-piston calipers front and 4-piston rear), 20-inch forged aluminum wheels and high-performance tires.
With the 750-horse version equipped with an automatic, the car will hit 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and pass the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds.
“We compared the groundbreaking 1967 and 2007 model Super Snakes to other cars of their era when setting the performance parameters for our anniversary model,” Shelby boss Gary Patterson said in a statement. “In a world filled with sterile cars, it’s a throwback to a time when people enjoyed driving.”
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