The conversation about how much better the old cars were and how much faster they were than the cars of today never seems to get old. A video has turned up that pitted a perfect 1967 Ford Shelby GT500 against the modern 2020 Shelby GT500.
As you can imagine, the new 2020 Shelby GT500 looks to be the clear winner on paper. The 1967 GT500 packs a 7.0-liter, 428 cubic-inch V8 engine topped with dual carbs. A Car and Driver review of the car from the 1967 issue shows that the big V8 was rated at 355 horsepower and 420 pound-feet of torque and was paired up with a 3-speed automatic. C&D quotes a 0-60 mph time of 6.5 seconds and claimed quarter-mile time of 15.0 seconds at 95 mph.
The 2020 GT500 is vastly more powerful with a supercharged 5.2-liter Predator engine that makes 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. Couple that massive power difference with the modern suspension and transmission, and we don’t even need to race the cars to know the 2020 GT500 dominates the quarter-mile.
Ford has already quoted a quarter-mile time in the high 10-second range. Knowing the winner right off the bat doesn’t make the video any less entertaining. It’s not often that you see a pristine, vintage 1967 GT500 taken down the drag strip. The 2020 GT500 went 11.491 down the quarter-mile at 130.49 mph.
With a different driver behind the wheel, the 1967 GT500 went 15.24 second in the quarter-mile at 91.55 mph. Classic car insurer Haggerty owned the car at the Ford GT500 track event, and it didn’t seem the driver gave it all. However, the time was very close to the time that C&D put down when the car was new.