Sunday, June 10, 2012

Car Of The Day: June 10, 2012

Today's car of the day comes from craftymore's collection and is the Greenlight 2008 Shelby GT.

The Shelby Mustang is a performance muscle car first built in the 1960s. It was originally a series of Ford Mustangs which were specially modified by Carroll Shelby's company and sold as a series. The program was factory-sponsored and production was eventually moved in-house.

The 4.6 liter, 319 hp Ford Shelby GT slots between the 300 hp Mustang GT and the 500 hp Ford Shelby GT500. It is essentially a retail sale version of the Hertz rental-only Ford Shelby GT-H, except a manual transmission is available. Other differences include the deletion of the rear spoiler, a retro hood scoop in place of the CS6/8 Shelby hood, and silver versus the gold stripes, with the car available in either white or black in 2007 and Grabber Orange or Vista Blue for 2008. A very limited number (100) Barrett Jackson Shelby GTs were built in 2008 that were black with red stripes. Like the GT-H, the Shelby GT is modified at Shelby Automotive's factory in Las Vegas. Production of the Shelby GT began in December 2006 and the car went on sale in January 2007. Up to 6000 cars will be built with final numbers as of this date still not in but are expected to be slightly less than this amount. At the request of owners a number of Shelby GTs are being modified in various ways by Shelby Automobiles in Las Vegas. Interestingly some of these modifications include installing both the rear spoiler and the CS6/8 hood. A large number of add-ons can be had including the "Super Snake" brakes as well. Additionally there are two different available superchargers, again installed by Shelby Automobiles, that can increase rated horsepower to 500 or more.

Here's a Mustang for the Blue Oval crowd.  Received this as a raok from AcCobra before last Christmas along with a bunch of other goodies.   GL only produced 1,000 of these as a Hobby Exclusive.  Thanks Gerry.

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