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.