Oklahoma-based coachbuilder Classic Recreations knows how to make us swoon.
The company specializes in a recreation of the original Shelby GT500 Mustang dubbed the “Shelby GT500CR,” and it’s a fitting homage to one of the most powerful, fearsome road cars of the 1960s. The example shown here – a sultry, charcoal gray “900S” model bound for delivery to a customer in Russia – carries a supercharged, 427 cubic-inch V8 that puts out an incredible 814 horsepower.
To cope with the added “oomph,” this coach-built Shelby GT500 look-alike boasts 6-piston Baer brakes, front and rear, for supreme stopping-power. The front suspension is of the double-wishbone variety, with a four-link coil-spring system out back, and the subframe is hewn out of aluminum. The antiquated recirculating-ball steering system has been replaced by a more contemporary rack-and-pinion one.
Apart from the supercharged GT500CR 900S shown here, Classic Recreations offers Shelby GT500 “replicars” powered by a 545 horsepower, normally-aspirated version of the same 427 V8, a 475 horsepower Ford Racing Coyote V8, or a 365 horsepower Ford Racing EcoBoost V6 displacing 3.5 liters. The top-spec 900S is typically tuned for a more conservative 770HP, but the customer of this particular $244,000 car requested just a bit more bang for his buck.