2012 Ford Shelby GT500
2012 Ford Shelby GT500
Born in Leesburg, Texas, Carroll Shelby seemed to be a man obsessed with speed his whole life. He was a flight instructor in World War II before he moved on to piloting land-based vehicles. It wasn't long before he started racing cars. For his first driving competition, a quarter-mile drag race, he drove a flathead Ford V8 powered hot rod. He proved talented enough to upgrade to racing Aston Martins in Europe, breaking land speed records at the Bonneville Flats and being named Sports Illustrated's Sports Car Driver of the Year twice. Shelby's crowning race achievement came in 1959 when he won the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1960, heart problems forced Shelby to leave racing behind, despite his objections. That was only the start of Shelby's contributions to motor history. In 1962, Shelby started having dreams centered around one word: Cobra. It's a word that has since entered the dreams of many a Mustang-enthusiast, synonymous with outrageous performance.
For consignment, an outrageous performer, with a supercharger, and now having 641 consignor-stated horses, this blue cloaked red striped low mileage ground pounder, with a performance handling package, a racing 3” exhaust, and VMP triple pass heat exchanger. The definition of the doppler effect on the exhaust when this car streaks by!
Described as immaculate, and when seen in person, it fits perfectly. Kona Blue cloaking drapes this entire car, and adds to the menacing aspect, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Panels are laser straight, and paint is pristine. Red decals in racing stripe form are running from the front grille just above the chin spoiler, over the hood, over the roof and to the back trunk lid and up and over the spoiler then dips downward to the bottom rear fairing. Also, a red rocker stripe is just above the black fairings at the bottom of the car on either side. The rear fairing has some ground effects ribs and an exhaust tip peeking out of either side. Triangular B pillar venting harkens back to the early fastbacks of yore. Black 19-inch front and 20 inch rear Shelby wheels wrapped in low profile rubber, and we are ready to do some damage.
Driving a rocket ship requires seats that can hold on to you as you speed along. This car is up to that task interior wise, with excellent condition black leather buckets in front and some dual buckets forming a bench integrated into the back. Within their tuck and roll inserts, more red racing stripes emulate the exterior. The center console races up the middle of the front buckets and has the 6-speed white knobbed gearshift lever within its confines. Moving out wandering eyes upward, we see climate controls, and an AM/FM/Sirius/DVD player with a sync and navigation upgrade. The instruments also harken back to the early models and are jn deep set round form, all backlit for day and night viewing. The A pillar also has a temp gauge and boost meter neatly molded into it. Just a fine example of a comfortable yet safe, and sporty beautiful interior that grabs you visually and figuratively.
The mild mannered original (ONLY) 500 HP 5.4 liter DOHC V8 has now had a bit of an upgrade with the addition of a VMP Gen 2R 2.3L 2.4 inch pulley (16lbs of boost) Supercharger. For extra kicks a VMP 67mm throttle body and a VMP triple pass heat exchanger are now on. Feeding this mill are 56lb/hr injectors, a VMP plug and play boost a pump and a JLT 123 cold air kit. Call it EFI on steroids! On back is a TR6060 6 speed manual transmission complete with a Ford Racing throwout and pilot bearing, a McLeod RXT 1000 racing clutch, Stifflers clutch line, and a McLeod clutch bleeder. Making the rear tires spin is a Ford 8.8 inch 3.73 TracLoc rear axle. Consigner states horsepower is now 641. Best of all, it's all street legal in all 50 states! But I digress, let's peek underneath.
As black and sparkling clean as the top, no problems under here. Power discs all around featuring Brembo 14” discs in front. A Lethal Performance off road H pipe exhaust system works its way to the rear. Independent front suspension and a 3 link with a BMR Panhard rear suspension is on, and BMR rear lower control arms and support bar are along for the ride.
Over this writer's head, but our crack muscle car enthusiast and decoder was drooling over taking this one for a spin. In our massive parking lot, we are very limited to even try to push a car like this, but he noted all is fine on the starting front, shifting was smooth, clutch was tight, and there was plenty of acceleration to go around even at 1/4 throttle. In fact, one would never just nail this throttle, or you would find yourself with the rear of the car passing you, which is not good!
A low mileage, (8,460 actual original mile car), never raced or manhandled, garage kept and respected by our responsible adult consigner. A street legal race car essentially, all beautiful, and a boatload of available power assets. In this case Kona Blue and red stripes means GO!!
1ZV-Auto Alliance International, Ford Passenger Car
B-Manual Belts, Front & Side Airbags
P8J-Shelby GT500 Coupe
S-5.4L 4V V8 550hp Supercharged
5-AAI: Flat Rock, MI Assy Plant
227795-Sequential Unit Number
Classic Auto Mall is a 336,000-square foot classic and special interest automobile showroom, featuring over 600 vehicles for sale with showroom space for up to 1,000 vehicles. Also, a 400 vehicle barn find collection is on display.
This vehicle is located in our showroom in Morgantown, Pennsylvania, conveniently located just 1-hour west of Philadelphia on the I-76 Pennsylvania Turnpike. The website is www.classicautomall.com and our phone number is (888) 227-0914. Please contact us anytime for more information or to come see the vehicle in person.
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