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Classic Recreations Produces First Carbon Fiber 1967 Mustang Shelby GT500CR

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Last spring, Classic Recreations announced that it was teaming up with SpeedKore Performance to build the world’s first carbon-fiber bodied classic Mustang, which it named the Shelby GT500CR. Then, last September, the builder revealed that it had begun production on the very first of these carbon fiber bodies. Now, the first 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500CR is complete and ready for its time in the spotlight.

“Our Carbon Fiber Shelby moved from concept to completion in an unbelievable nine months, all during a global pandemic,” said Jason Engel, founder, and co-owner at Classic Recreations. “This first car in the production series demonstrates our ability to engineer and handcraft amazing cars by collaborating with key partners like SpeedKore. The muscle car is a breathtaking 600 pounds lighter than stock and has a power-to-weight ratio on par with most exotic vehicles.”

In collaboration with SpeedKore Performance Group, Classic Recreations’ 1967 steel GT500CR was blue light scanned, designed, and engineered in CAD, and then permanently enshrined in plugs, from which future molds will be formed. The carbon fiber panels are autoclave-cured, creating blemish-free exposed carbon weave alignment panel-to-panel and exact-match replication. It is the first time the technology has been applied so extensively to a vintage Shelby GT500.

The all-carbon GT500CR is powered by Ford’s 5.2L Aluminator Gen 3 Coyote V8, which has been fitted with a 2.9L Whipple supercharger and stainless steel headers. It’s backed up by a Ford 10R80 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.

The carbon fiber GT500CR production edition has an adjustable Detroit Speed suspension, JRI Coilover shocks, quadralink rear suspension, high-performance Wilwood brakes, roll bar, and rack and pinion steering. The car rolls on three-piece Forgeline wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich Rivals tires measuring in at 275/35/18 up front and 335/30/18 in the rear.

Inside, the GT500CR features an Alcantara headliner, Kicker audio system, Kenwood media center and navigation, ProCar leather seats, and Shelby 200 mile-per-hour custom red gauges. Painted with Glasurit (BASF), Candy Red stripes, and then clear coated, the vehicle is available in a number of color combinations or solely as exposed carbon weave.

The carbon fiber upgrade is available on the officially-licensed Shelby GT500CR 900C, 900S, and 545 models. A limited Carbon Edition is also available that features exclusive badging, designated Shelby serial numbers, and includes a special delivery experience at Shelby American’s facility in Las Vegas. For every Carbon Edition vehicle sold Classic Recreations will make a generous donation to the Carroll Shelby Foundation in the buyer’s honor.

Pricing for the standard GT500CR with a complete carbon fiber body starts at $265,000 and is available with several drivetrain and customization options. The limited-release Carbon Edition Shelby GT500CR package begins at $298,000, with customization and upgrades available based on the customer’s preferences in addition to the special delivery experience.

We’ll have more cool builds like this to share soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Mustang newsMustang Shelby GT500 news, and non-stop Ford news coverage.

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Written by Brett Foote

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. I like this new carbon body gt500cr, but the engine used is NOT the Coyote engine as stated, the 5.2 liter is the VOODOO engine used in the Gt 350 and the gt500. The 302 is the Coyote engine. Do your research and get it right.

  2. Simple, gorgeous and fast(a little bit expensive). No electric motor, no attention distracting gadgets or touch screens. Why can’t FoMoCo build something simple like this? Because Biden, China etc.
    God help us.

  3. That is one of the most beautiful cars out there. I am a Mopar guy but I could be easily swayed to this. Nice Job!

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