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Classic 1967 Shelby to be recreated in carbon fiber

Classic 1967 Shelby to be recr...
Classic Recreations plans to follow the initial line of carbon fiber GT500CRs with a carbon-fiber-bodied version of the Shelby Cobra
Classic Recreations plans to follow the initial line of carbon fiber GT500CRs with a carbon-fiber-bodied version of the Shelby Cobra
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Classic Recreations plans to follow the initial line of carbon fiber GT500CRs with a carbon-fiber-bodied version of the Shelby Cobra

Mod-shop Classic Recreations is again tuning its vintage expertise to an icon of American motoring and this time with a decidedly high-performance twist. The company’s technicians are preparing to go to work on a new line of Shelby GT500CR models, which will feature carbon fiber bodies for the first time.

Classic Recreations has spent 15 years building and restoring classic muscle cars with traces of modern engineering, recently gracing our pages with a 1969 Mustang Mach 1 featuring a John Wick-inspired paint job.

The forthcoming line of carbon fiber Shelby GT500CRs also begin with an original Mustang body of the 1967 and 1968 model year, restored to original condition. Classic Recreations is collaborating with carbon fiber manufacturer SpeedKore Performance for the project, with the Wisconsin-based company building a 3D digital model of the entire car body through a blue light scan.

SpeedKore Performance will then cut the panels and plugs out of aerospace-grade carbon fiber, giving this steel classic a lighter and stronger body. Classic Recreations bills this as the world’s first officially-licensed Shelby Mustang made with a carbon fiber body, and plans to offer a number of powertrain options beneath the shiny new exterior.

These vary from a 490-horsepower Ford Performance Gen 3 5.0L Coyote to a 900-horsepower, hand-built 427-cubic-inch engine packing an intercooled supercharger. All models will come with a five-speed manual transmission and stainless steel exhaust, while other features include coilover suspension, Wilwood brakes, American Racing Forged wheels and Michelin high-performance Z-rated tires.

On the optional side of things, customers can fit out their carbon fiber Shelby GT500CR with a six-speed manual or auto transmission, six-piston brake calipers with larger rotors and wider rear wheels and tires. A full range of color options is also available.

Classic Recreations plans to follow the initial line of carbon fiber GT500CRs with a carbon-fiber-bodied version of the Shelby Cobra.

“Since 1998, Mr. Shelby believed that carbon fiber would be the future of American sports car manufacturing,” says Neil Cummings, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International. “We believe the introduction of a carbon-fiber GT500 Mustang and Cobra is a natural next step in the evolution of these iconic vehicles and builds on the legacy of the same innovation that Carroll Shelby was known for.”

Source: Classic Recreations

6 comments
nick101
Just as a guess, I'm assuming these will be fairly expensive?
buzzclick
Exclusivity means expensive. This Mustang recreation makes me think of Eleanor. Nice ride. I'll take mine all-dressed. Ordering the full options makes this a better investment.
DaveWesely
If you are going to rebuild a classic car with cutting edge technology, why put a crappy ICE engine in it?
Captain Danger
@DaveWesly. What cutting edge technology?? Carbon fibre has been around for decades
MQ
So will it still have a "Pig-Iron" chassis, or is the Idea (making "real" use of CF in plastic) to give it a Monocoque. Otherwise it is just lipstick on a Beaver.
bkwanab
Will if have a CF engine block, crank and pistons too. CF wheels? CF seats?

The real answer is WHY? This is just another example of US decadence. Just because you can does not mean you should. A CF 'stang is still just a 'stang. For less money you could buy many, many better desi9gned and bult cars, with guarantees and proven crash survivability. I'd rather have a Supercharged 5.0 Range Rover, or an Aston Martin DB7 (or 9), a used Prevost Coach, a new Cessna 172 or lots of other things that have their own identity and substance in the market. CF 'stang? Load of rubbish!