Ford Mustang GT500E
Striking Shelby Mustang Convertible with over 500 bhp
Built in 2005 with Carroll Shelby's approval, the car offered here is the prototype of a proposed series of new GT500 Convertibles, which would have been the first soft-top Shelby Mustangs since 1970. Although externally it looks like the original GT500, '001C' has been upgraded with best of modern technology, boasting a fuel-injected 408ci (6.7-litre) aluminium-block V8 engine and a five-speed Tremec TKO 600 racing transmission. This engine produces a staggering 525bhp, and the custom-made X-braced chassis and running gear have been up-rated to cope. The DC&O fuel injection is worthy of note, its intakes resembling a set of period-correct Weber velocity stacks – a particularly nice touch. A racing-specification fuel cell is fitted for ultimate safety.
Carroll's signature is found throughout the classic Shelby-style interior, from the seats to the instruments, which include a 160mph speedometer and 0-10,000rpm rev counter, and he has personally signed the dashboard. Other noteworthy features include a nitrous-oxide release button, 'Go Baby Go' shifter, centre-mounted fire extinguisher and a multi-speaker Sony AM/FM/CD/MP3 stereo system.
The only car of the proposed series actually completed, this unique Shelby Mustang previously formed part of the Don Davis Collection in Fort Worth, Texas and was sold at auction when the collection was dispersed in April 2013. Maintained in-house by Mr Davis' staff, it was described as 'essentially a new car' and is presented today in generally excellent condition. Recent works totaling £6,264.14 include a new twin-plate clutch, handbrake conversion and re-wiring completed 31.05.14. It is offered with current MoT and V5 document.