25 Greatest Mustangs: 1967 Shelby GT500

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By 1967, the horsepower wars were in full swing, and the ­Mustang had gotten a little bigger, a little slower, and a little less relevant. But Shelby wasn’t going to let that happen to his namesake.

Following Ford’s lead of stuffing a 390-cubic-inch big-block into the Mustang, Shelby took it one step further and shoehorned some dual-quad 428 engines into his Mustangs and created the GT500. It was the first big-block Shelby, and the last year for Shelbys built by Shelby American in California.

Ford took over the program and moved it to Michigan. So this one makes the cut for its looks, its raw power, and for being both the first and the last of many good things to do with Mustang.

[Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared as part of the 25 Greatest Mustangs cover story in the July/August issue of Hagerty Drivers Club magazine. You can find the other entries here.]

 

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