In the past 15 years or so the 1967 Shelby Mustang has become one of maybe the very desired Mustang version ever made. Nowadays most Shelby’s are financially out of reach for many, but hey we can dream right?
Many movies have had impact on the desirability of automobiles but the Eleanor Mustang in Gone in Sixty Seconds seemed to secure its place in recent pop history. After the film the requirement for the cars and components to convert cars to”clones” skyrocketed. Granted I am not a big”clone” fan. I believe that you should customize your vehicle to make it exactly what you need, hell go mad. But I truly hate to see the marketplace diluted with imitation cars. When Shelby construct the 67 Mustang GT 500 it was a total makeover. This beefy engine generated 355 horsepower and had the now iconic oval Cobra air cleaner and trendy finned cobra valve covers. Dare you to find one of these in a junkyard. The 67 GT 500 had the heaver duty C6 transmission or the Ford top-loader 4 rate.
It doesn’t look like Shelby did much to identify the 67 GT 500 as a Mustang, possibly due to the basic lines they did not feel like it was necessary or perhaps they just wanted to place it much farther apart from the more conventional Fords. In 1967 they left the front part of the car 3 inches more using fiberglass hood and other nose pieces. From the style that would seem a good deal like the 1969 Mustang Shelby mounted two driving lights in the very outside edge of this special Shelby replacement grill. Like in previous models Shelby also place a bigger opening in the fiberglass front valance to aid with cooling the major block concealed beneath the restyled fiberglass hood.
The inside of the 1967 Shelby was quite much like the deluxe interior of the 1967 Mustang. But even on the inside Shelby eliminate the direct reference directly to Ford. The door sills on the Mustangs read Product of Ford and about the Shelby’s people were replaced by a plate which read Shelby American Inc.”. All the 67 Shelby’s had the wood rim steering wheel with brushed three spoke stainless inside.
Of special note was the 427 GT 500. Less than 50 427 1967 GT 500 were created with the 427 engine. These certainly are automobiles of legend, in all my years of working with Mustangs and Shelby’s I’ve never seen one. Count yourself among a select few should you have one in your garage.