12 September 2014

Generation Gap: GT500s

In the latest episode of Generation Gap, the guys return to the Lingenfelter Collection to pit Shelby against Shelby. Davin's selection, a 1967 Shelby GT500, features the pure power of the custom-built Shelby 355-hp 428 "Police Interceptor" V-8, while Matt's 2010 Shelby GT500 Patriot Edition's expertly tuned supercharged V-8 squeezes an astonishing 540 hp out of its 330 cubic inches. The guys tackle this question: Do specs alone make a car? Cast your vote below.

Voting for this episode of “Generation Gap” has ended.

49 Reader Comments

  • 1
    hlynur iceland September 16, 2014 at 14:20
    passion is important but i still relly like the new mustang but out of those two ide rather have the old one
  • 2
    Carson Ederer not telling September 16, 2014 at 23:46
    I think the 2010 Mustang is a whole lot better. For me by a long shot! Now don't start a fight with me people but, the 67 Mustang is not for me.
  • 3
    Yves Prongué Switzerland September 16, 2014 at 12:46
    I feel bad for Matt, who seems way nicer but always has to defend the worst car. Still a really nice show, thanks!
  • 4
    Steve Florida September 17, 2014 at 15:12
    Why did the designers of the new Shelby Mustang leave the back end essentially stock. Couldn't they have done a modern interpretation of the 67 rear end and lights? FAIL
  • 5
    Larry G Reno, Nevada September 17, 2014 at 15:12
    The '67 Shelby is an " Experience" most people will never have... while the late model Shelby's are likely better performers, they are more sophisticated and reserved... lacking the real "Gut Wrenching" feel one gets from the 47 year old GT 500.
  • 6
    Phil Agnes Sarasota Fl U.S.A. September 17, 2014 at 15:42
    PATHETIC! 2010 performance way better, but it is too good? So deduct points? I always thought the improvement in car performance was something to be lauded. I have a 87 Lotus Esprit and 81 Ferrari 308 so clearly I like older cars but the 2010 stang would kick my ass in performance. If I could have only one car of the 4 the 2010 would be it.
  • 7
    MarkyB Detroit September 17, 2014 at 16:20
    '67 all day long, the numbness of driving the ultra-refined 2010 is no fun compared to the old-school hot rod '67
  • 8
    Steve Florida September 17, 2014 at 16:33
    So the newer Mustang is faster and handles better than the original Shelby, big deal. A 737 is faster than a stunt plane but which one provides more thrills? Also, why couldn't they design a rear taillamp fasia to replicate the original, looks no different than any other Mustang from the back.
  • 9
    Jim Georgia September 17, 2014 at 17:26
    I have a 1967 mustang GT fastback 289/4v auto. That I drove to high school I had a highly modified 302 built in the 70's nice car I love it I also have a 2007 Shelby GT 500 bought new many performance modifications very fast big H.P. Over 700 to the wheels modern power
  • 10
    paul nor cal September 17, 2014 at 17:58
    have ridden in both ..but at age 16 ...many years ago ..the ride in the original still brings back ear to ear smiles
  • 11
    Martin Galvan San Antonio Texas September 17, 2014 at 19:21
    I like the 67 , for simple reason production was low, also for just being the last of real muscle. 2010 Mustang on steroids with that supercharger .
  • 12
    paul New York September 17, 2014 at 19:22
    I like 67 for sure. So much more character. The mustang had to go through a lot of iterations to get the 2010 to get back to it's roots..... a 67 Shelby.
  • 13
    Jon California September 17, 2014 at 19:49
    As an owner of both a '67 GT500 and a new '08 Shelby, I can tell you they are both radically different cars. The new Shelby is refined with cup holders, A/C, and most creature comforts. It handles well and is well built and balanced as well as very fast. That being said, the '67 GT500 is more of an "in your face" type of car. No cup holders, an AM radio, semi-comfortable seats, loud exhaust and runs like a brute. The unibody growls at you and at 100 mph - you feel every nook and cranny in the road. This car was built for only one thing - to go fast. After a 2 hour trip in the GT500 - you feel it! Kinda like the difference between a new superbike and a Harley. Between the 2, I can tell you the '67 will get your heart beating faster and that is why i pick it!
  • 14
    Ron Baker Evergreen Colorado September 17, 2014 at 20:33
    By far the 67 Shelby is the car that everyone looks at a car shows I myself have a 66 Mustang convertible and I have people looking at my car at shows
  • 15
    Lynn Messenger Fishtail, Montana September 17, 2014 at 21:10
    Anyone that was in high school in 67 still remembers the cool factor of these Mustangs, That's hard to erase!
  • 16
    Michael Noblesville, Indiana September 17, 2014 at 21:10
    1967 Classic all the way!! Those duel quads rock the house!!!
  • 17
    Gary Durkee VT September 17, 2014 at 21:25
    I would vote for the 67 Shelby. I am an old car buff . The new Shelby's are great and have all of the new safety items and are mean looking and fast but I still love the older Tangs
  • 18
    Wallstreetobserver Omaha NE September 17, 2014 at 21:30
    I have to say I'm partial to the 67 because I owned a 68 GT500KR with the 428 Cobra jet. The car was fun to drive and really fast. To accurately compare performance you have to put a better tire on the old Shelby. With slicks they run low 13s. Slower than the new Shelby, but not that much slower. The 335 HP rating? That was a fairy tale, they cranked out 400+.
  • 19
    Carroll Eastland, Tx September 17, 2014 at 22:45
    There is no comparison in the two Mustangs. As I was an avid participate in and follower of mostly pure stock street cars through the late 50s, 60s, and through today, I submit the following: The Shelby GT 350 and 500, were not very popular in the 60s with the taped on stripes, fake scoops, fake mag wheels, and very slow in comparison to the SS cars, GTOs, RTs, Road Runners, and especially when compared with today's Mustang. The Shelbys as well as other Ford products of the time, were rated with an exaggerated horsepower figure, and were not competitive in performance with most of the other muscle cars, and after market performance parts were not usually available, and were more expensive. That cannot be said of today's Shelby or Mustangs. They have caught up and are certainly equal to the performance of almost any current pony car. If on the other hand, you want something rare, nostalgic, and a nice car that gets a lot of attention, then the 67 would be your choice. Me, I want something fast, even if I don't intend to race it. Another point as far as street performance cars, I honestly see more 67 Shelbys today than I did during the 60s and 70s, whereas Road Runners, GTOs, RT, SS Chevelles and Camaros, 442s, Grand Sports, were on every street intersection. I don't want to fight with anyone, as I love all the cars with even a hint of performance, including the Shelby cars, but none of original Shelbys can compete in anything except nostalgia with today's high performance Mustangs.
  • 20
    Doug Ford Ohio September 17, 2014 at 23:01
    I've had both cars. I had a 67 GT500 for many years and sold it in 2002. I still have my 07 GT500. the new car is outstanding in every way. It's faster, handles better and is more comfortable than the old car but it just doesn't have the same gut appeal that the old car did. With that said, I don't think I'll be making the same mistake twice. I'm planning on keeping the 07 forever.
  • 21
    Thomas Madere LaPlace, LA September 17, 2014 at 23:18
    The difference between them is you can take the 67 pretty close to it's limit on the street and that is why I prefer it but you need a track to take the 2010 to it's limit..
  • 22
    David Texas, USA September 17, 2014 at 11:35
    The '67 is the best in this contest but I think the Boss 302 would have been a better choice for the modern Mustang.
  • 23
    Ryan Ohio September 17, 2014 at 11:39
    The '67 wins by a long shot. Out of all of the Mustangs ever produced, this year is the most sought after Shelby that was ever built. I'm a Mustang guy and I would take one '67 over a dozen of the new ones.
  • 24
    Brian Fraser Valley BC September 17, 2014 at 00:18
    I liked the 67 mustang better because to me the 2010 seemed to be nothing more than another supercharged mustang with stripes and a badge kit. You see don't see the 67's that often, but you see 2010 mustangs all day every day.
  • 25
    Jason Vietnam September 18, 2014 at 03:33
    The original, over and over again! BTW, click it or ticket b*tches!!! ;P
  • 26
    Rob Dobson Chicago September 18, 2014 at 16:24
    Classic lines make the difference. As hard as they try, the 2010 is just another super car. The newer ones all have that look alike motif. I would go with the 1967!
  • 27
    Ted pope New York September 18, 2014 at 17:40
    The 67 500 wins hands down, when you drive it it's an experience not a drive when you drive the 2010 it's just a drive
  • 28
    Bob Leonard NC September 18, 2014 at 18:34
    While I have always liked Shelbys and especially the 67s, I have to say the 2010 is an "improved" version of the Shelby Mustang. It's faster, handles better and looks like a more performance vehicle. In other words... it's better. Now when it comes to what a person "likes", it's another story. 1967 was a fantastic year for cars. Especially performance cars. I'll always like the 67 better but I'm biased. The 2010 Shelby is better. Therefore, I'll vote for it.
  • 29
    Walk Okieland September 18, 2014 at 07:30
    The styling ques of the 67 is what all Mustang's after have been trying to dupicate. Style goes to the 67, performance, handling and ride goes to the 2010. Since I don't race, I'll go with style and the 67.
  • 30
    RUSTY SOUTHERN US September 18, 2014 at 08:27
    I have a '67 350 and a '07 SUPERSNAKE. The '67 is fun, but the '07 can be 'scary fun' driving up to the edge ....I think that is what C SHELBY was intending. It is one of those cars that brings a smile to your face when you turn around and look back at the car as the garage door closes.
  • 31
    Michael Larsen United States September 18, 2014 at 08:37
    I had my 2014 GT500 delivered in May of 2013. It is Oxford White with blue stripes just like the 1967 original. The 67 is a beautiful car and a real keeper, however, I love the 662 HP/631 torque, launch control, competition suspension and steering at the push of a button. I get a compliment everyday from young and old alike, and I have never seen another 14 on the street in 26,000 mi. of driving in Phoenix or anywhere me I have gone in Arizona.
  • 32
    Joe Richmond, VA September 18, 2014 at 10:45
    Just rode in the brother-in-law's 2012 GT-500. It's a monster, and he does drive it to work a few days a week. I'd not do that in a '67. On the other hand, I'd not drive any Shelby except as a toy, and the '67 is just so badass I had to pick it. And boys, there is NOTHING wrong with a Fox-body Mustang :)
  • 33
    Joe Richmond, VA September 18, 2014 at 11:05
    Should add that while it's not as apples-to-apples comparison as the two GT-500s, my 2012 Mini S and 1970 El Camino both hit 60mph in 6.2 seconds. As fun as the Mini is, the "passion" (sound, feeling, sense of speed) is greater in the old Chevy. Matt always has a tough job in that department.
  • 34
    Mike R Lombard, IL September 18, 2014 at 12:26
    Of course a new car will out perform an old car, that's not the correct criteria. Take 'em both out on the street and see which one generates the most reaction.
  • 35
    Keoni Washington DC September 18, 2014 at 00:33
    Hands down no contest the 67 looks way cooler then the 2010 and the performance of a classic is the best that 2010 is just a cheap imitation and you know what happends to fakes lol.
  • 36
    Harold Johnson San Francisco Bay Area September 18, 2014 at 00:39
    I love the fact that even on the side of the road, in an emergency, the "old school" car can be fixed or tweaked with hand tools. No laptop or shop diagnostic equipment etc. AND think of how insane that big block would be if it was unleashed to 600hp plus with HEADERS, RADICAL CAM, 6 SPEED MANUAL, etc, etc. NO NEED FOR A SUPERCHARGER, TURBO, BOTTLE, PERFORMANCE CHIP, ETC ETC. But for sure, the newer version would hug the road better , yet modern rubber, rims and gearing would make it a closer match. Both are cool regardless.
  • 37
    john fortman wiscasset maine September 19, 2014 at 14:46
    I like the 67 because you have to drive the car and you can repair it your self making it more fun to own, but I have never had that pleasure.
  • 38
    Nathan Hale Fallbrook, CA September 19, 2014 at 14:53
    The 67 Shelby GT500 is one of the sexiest cars ever produced. When I see that car I get chills. Now against a new GT500 I would take the 67. I like to feel the road and hearing the chirping of the tires. The new ones are boring and just too tuned. But all in all I am a MOPAR guy. BUT I have to give credit to Shelby. They make a nice high end sports car the good ole' AMERICAN WAY! POWER
  • 39
    Marvin Stewart Utah September 19, 2014 at 08:45
    You only have to try to balance those Carb's once to want the fuel injection, blower and all.
  • 40
    abdulelah Saudi Arabia September 20, 2014 at 17:47
    About the passion I think the 67 mustang killed the 2010 mustang and I would rather see the 67 mustang in my garage than having any brand new car.
  • 41
    Charlie New York September 22, 2014 at 18:27
    I have a 67 GT350 with super charger, I drive it as offen as I can, alot less since the value went sky high, It will always draw the crowd away from the late shelby, all matching numbers, some may know it has 0017 Fast please I hit 135 with no trouble at all. but when I sell it I'll get a late one for fun.486
  • 42
    Keenan Oregon September 27, 2014 at 08:09
    Both cars have their following just like every other car out there. Some prefer the rawness of the classics whereas some like the refined and reliable new stuff. Me? I'd go with the 2010 because it's more of a daily driver that will beat a lot of stock cars in the same price range on the track. The '67 has its place in historic race events, car shows or the occasional weekend cruise. Who cares if you can make the '67 have 600hp...you can do the same with the 2010. Stock for stock the 2010 will win. At the end of the day, both are from Ford and modified by Shelby and show the different eras of performance.
  • 43
    Avinash India November 13, 2014 at 09:50
    i would say 1967 Shelby GT500 is one of the collectible editions, as it got the passion on the roads when compared to the make of 2010, only thing on 2010 version is like a latest model with full on, but according to me when going on the road's 1967 ways much more looks than the 2010 model.
  • 44
    susan Canada February 25, 2015 at 18:43
    I have a 65 fastback my husband a 210 Shelby whenever we take the cars out my car gets all the attention the classics have personality. Will never sell my 65!
  • 45
    Daniel Chicago August 28, 2015 at 18:58
    I'm a huge Shelby fan, but I have to choose the 67 gt500 because It's been my favorite since I was little. The new one is great, but if you were to describe my car character, it would have to be classic American Muscle.
  • 46
    Jason Indiana January 14, 2016 at 17:23
    For me being a 15 year old boy... I'm gonna have to go with the 1967 Shelby GT500 because I'm such a sucker for old muscle cars.
  • 47
    Garry Gilbert Indiana January 28, 2016 at 04:58
    I have an original 67 GT 500 just like the one in the video, less the dealer installed blue LeMans stripes. Carroll Shelby stopped making Shelby's in 67. Ford took over in 68, & 69. There wasn't any 70's actually produced as the were 69 leftovers with new VIN's and a chin spoiler added. Some people don't know that. Anyways hands down I will stick with my 67 verses the 2010 or even the new 2016 that is coming out.
  • 48
    Trever Illinois February 12, 2016 at 20:19
    I would pick the 1967 Shelby GT500 any day of the week. The 67 GT500 is my dream car
  • 49
    Christopher Boyer Topton February 24, 2016 at 06:41
    I prefer the 67 GT500. I've driven older cars and I prefer them. You push an older car you can feel how lose the steering is, the brakes are shady. You just feel more exhilaration driving old iron.

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