As if they weren’t already in high demand to begin with, reproduction versions of several vintage Blue Oval models – like the first-generation Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 – became even more popular following the tremendous box office success of the movie Ford v Ferrari. Since then, a bevy of new offerings have joined an already crowded market, many of which are essentially brand new cars that merely look like vintage machines, too. Now, we can add yet another name to that growing list – this new 1967 Shelby GT500 model built by a company called Hi-Tech Automotive.
Bearing an official license from the folks at Carroll Shelby Licensing, this 1967 Shelby GT500 reproduction model utilizes a brand new body and a fully independent suspension, but is being sold as a fully-assembled and painted rolling chassis with no engine or transmission, albeit a finely detailed interior with Nappa leather and modern electronics. The beauty here is that every component is produced to exacting standards, ensuring a high quality result, all while giving customers the option to choose their own powertrain.
“Our aim is to remove the inconsistencies that are typically characteristic of a restomod build,” said Nick Price, a Director of Hi-Tech Automotive. “Our modernized 1967 Shelby GT500 is not a restored original but rather a modern-day reproduction of that vehicle built brand new from the ground up in a factory-controlled environment, a term which we have coined a “REPROmod’.”
Hi-Tech Automotive has been manufacturing vehicles for Superformance and Shelby Legendary Cars for around 18 years now, so it’s not exactly new to this process, either. As far as pricing goes, these rolling chassis offerings start out at a rather lofty $230k, with an expected on-road cost of no more than $270k, once an engine and transmission have been installed. However, Hi-Tech only plans to build a total of 20 units in 2024, selling them on a first-come, first-served basis, meaning that they won’t exactly be a common sight at upcoming car shows.