This Supercharged 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby is a 814 HP Knockout
– Dan Carney
The classic 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 was a fearsome beast in its day, with a 428 cubic inch big block rippling the pavement courtesy of an astounding 355 horsepower. It’s also the car made famous as “Eleanor,” Steve McQueen’s awesome ride in the original 1974 movie Gone In Sixty Seconds.
That car would be left for dead by this modern interpretation by Classic Recreations, of Yukon, Okla., whose supercharged 427 (similar in displacement to the 428, but a different engine design) blasts out a ferocious 814 horsepower.
Base pricing for the Classic Recreations Shelby GT500C 900S is $219,000, but this gorgeous gray example that was just finished for a Russian customer carries another $25,000 in extras.
It wouldn’t be smart to just bolt 790 horsepower into a half-century year-old chassis, so Classic Recreations upgrades the Mustang with modern suspension, steering and brakes. That means unequal length control arm front suspension mounted to an aluminum subframe that eliminates the intrusive Ford shock towers in the engine bay.
That solution also includes rack-and-pinion steering to replace the archaic recirculating ball steering used by original Shelbys and Mustangs, for quicker, more accurate steering.
Speaking of archaic, the factory-installed leaf spring rear suspension is replaced by an advanced four-link coil spring system. Double-adjustable shock absorbers with external reservoirs are available front and rear.
The ancient brakes have been replaced by modern Baer 14-inch discs and six-piston calipers, front and back. With this kind of power, the back is all other drivers are ever likely to see.
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Classic Recreations builds its ‘Burple’ Shelby GT500CR Mustang for a Sheikh
By Miles Branman
One of two things will happen as you scroll through these images: either you will reel at the sight of a classic muscle car in such an outlandish bluish-purple (burple) color, or you’ll fall in love with those bold, sensual lines all over again in a new, gorgeous context.
As you can probably tell, I’m far more in favor of Classic Recreations’ new take on a classic than I am against it. If the CR name rings a bell, its probably because its last creation, a more traditional gray Shelby Mustang project, basically stole the internet’s heart.
Although that car looked like a benign restoration, it wielded a 427 cubic-inch Ford Performance engine with a Procharger F1-R supercharger system that served up over 800 horsepower. This time, there’s “only” 770 hp at the wheels, but the suspension upgrades, stunning 18-inch wheels, sticky tires, big brake updates, and free-flowing exhaust are all part of the package.
While the gray Shelby was headed to a German customer, this one is headed a bit further East, to a Sheikh in Saudi Arabia. Although the owner may well own faster, lighter, lower, and more expensive cars, but it doesn’t get much more unique than a 1967 Burple ‘Stang.
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