By now, there's really no need for a Carroll Shelby history lesson.
We're all very familiar with Shelby's contributions to the
automotive world, especially in regard to the legendary Mustang.
Shel's pony cars have always been great to look at and even better
to drive, giving examples like this tailored drop-top virtually
universal appeal. 1 of just 2,070 GT500 convertibles built for the
2008 model year, and 1 of just 223 to leave the line in Vapor and
Black aesthetics, this Ford is a fairly rare piece any way you
slice it. More impressive numbers live under the hood, where a
completely unaltered drivetrain twists 500 horsepower into 480
lb./ft. of torque. And the car's most impressive stats come via
history, with only one owner who logged a mere 45 miles of road
time! Looking for a future collectable? Want a genuinely fun
weekend warrior? This clean convertible is a great solution for a
relatively tidy sum!
Wearing a silky layer of Vapor Metallic 2-stage under sinister Shelby call-outs, this spotless Mustang has a history of meticulous care. Like most of our low-mileage, factory-fresh pieces, its body presents as new in every conceivable way. That body's shiny, wet-look panels are 100% straight and, according to a clean CARFAX, have no history of accidents or damage. And a close look down the car's sculpted fuselage reveals world-class finishing that, by far, creates one of the nicest late-model Fords we've ever seen!
When up close and personal with Ford's GT500, it becomes clear the firm's designers focused on creating a car that looks tailored and substantial in comparison to its "lesser" counterparts. And this killer Mustang, with its high quality body kit, panther-like stance and fully detailed exterior, is about as "substantial" as it gets! At the front of the mean mare, a familiar Mustang grille hangs an offset Cobra emblem between optional HID headlights, a small splitter and a sculpted valance that's complete with traditional fog lamps. At the top of that grille, an aluminum hood centers racy LeMans striping in front of a tight top and chip-free glass. At the base of that glass, black rockers and black mirrors frame tough Shelby emblems. And behind those rockers, factory taillights, a bold trunk script and a GT500-exclusive faux fuel filler reflect a large, trunk-mounted spoiler and an aggressive valance that's pierced by polished Borla exhaust tips.
The reborn GT500 celebrated one of the most successful partnerships in performance car history. Take a look under this Mustang's lightweight hood and you'll find a blown 'mod motor' that was heavily influenced by Ford's GT super car. And what's better: by utilizing a cast iron block, aluminum heads, forged internals and dual overhead camshafts, this rowdy torque monster makes great power while mixing surprising efficiency with a docile nature. Twist the key and the big V8 rumbles to life, pushing baritone notes through an X-shaped crossover and Borla cat-back exhaust system. Goose the throttle and a roots-style supercharger creates 10 to 12 pounds of pressure while zinging the engine toward redline. Deliver one serious jab at the go-pedal, and you'll find out why dictionaries are starting to list the name "Carroll Shelby" under the word "performance". Aesthetically, this Ford's spotless bay looks assembly line-fresh, eschewing the kind flash you'd expect from such a pedigreed car for, dare I say, a bit of a 'sleeper' vibe. But to anyone who knows anything about performance, the big blower, small SVT badging and silver "POWERED BY SVT" cam covers are a dead giveaway that they're looking at something real special!
As most performance car fans already know, this Mustang's SVT-tuned chassis is nothing short of excellent. Behind the smooth engine, a slick-shifting Tremec TR6060 6-speed spins power to a tough Ford 8.8-inch axle. At the corners of the car, power-assisted Brembo calipers join power-assisted Ford calipers in squeezing big, vented rotors. Turns come courtesy of Ford's super-efficient power rack-and-pinion steering. Exhaust flows through large-diameter pipes to throaty Borla mufflers and polished Borla tips. Naturally, Ford's standard ABS and traction control systems are present and accounted for. And all this first class agility rides on "SVT" branded kicks, which twist 255/45ZR18 Goodyear Eagle F1s in front of 285/40ZR18 Goodyear Eagle F1s.
Inside this Ford, bolstered seats, which feature embossed Cobra insignias, ride opposite a monochromatic, leather-wrapped steering wheel that's adorned with convenient thumb buttons. The dash is a familiar Mustang layout, which frames satin-trimmed instruments and a programmable "SVT" shift light. Below that dash, a powerful Shaker 500 stereo combines MP3 compatibility with a 6-disc CD changer to become a one-stop shop for all your audio entertainment needs. Below that stereo, a short-throw shifter leads an impressive console that, like the aforementioned steering wheel, is detailed in red French stitching. Beneath that console, rich carpet flows past color-keyed floor mats and metal-trimmed foot pedals to "SVT" branded sills. And naturally, all the luxuries you'd expect in a high dollar modern car are ready and waiting including: cruise control, power windows, power door locks, power mirrors, a power driver's seat and Remote Keyless Entry.
Here's a look at this factory-fresh Shelby's factory-supplied window sticker:
STANDARD EQUIPMENT INCLUDED AT NO EXTRA CHARGE
18 x 9.5 bright machined aluminum wheels
Unique Shelby GT500 badging
Black convertible top
Unique aluminum hood that's complete with air extractors
Rear decklid spoiler
Rear window defroster
Sport bucket seats, which feature embossed Cobra logos
6-way power driver's seat
Shaker 500 audio system, which includes AM/FM, 6-disc CD changer and MP3 compatibility
Light-toned cluster gauges, which include a boost gauge
Brembo front brakes, which feature 14-inch vented discs and Brembo branded calipers
6-speed Tremec manual transmission
Dual tuned stainless steel X-pipe exhaust
High performance tires sized P255/45ZR18 for the front and P285/40ZR18 for the rear
Anti-lock brakes / Traction control
Second generation dual front airbags
Side-mounted airbags for the car's driver and front passenger seats
Remote Keyless Entry
Active anti-theft system
LATCH child safety system
24-hour roadside assistance
Black cloth convertible roof ($00)
Ebony tape stripe ($00)
HID headlamps ($525)
Ambient lighting ($295)
Front license plate bracket ($00)
GT500 Premium Trim Package ($595)
6 months of Sirius satellite radio ($195)
50 state emissions ($00)
Gas Guzzler Tax ($1,300)
STANDARD VEHICLE PRICE: $46,755
TOTAL OPTIONS: $2,910
DESTINATION & DELIVERY: $745
TOTAL MANUFACTURER'S SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE: $50,410
ASSEMBLED IN: Flat Rock, Michigan
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