Classic car values have reached new heights, causing many enthusiasts to exit the market. Consequently, buyers are looking for other ways to enjoy vintage car styling without paying the price premium, and restomods are becoming more and more popular.
This 1969 Shelby GT500 started its life as a Ford Mustang GT coupe in 2008 before being acquired by a company called Retrobuilt. In an effort to offer classic styling while maintaining reliability at an affordable cost, the company has stripped down all of the original panels and replaced them with custom parts to create the vehicle you see here.
The changes aren’t all cosmetic, as the chassis has also been upgraded with a K-tube member, aftermarket sway bar, Panhard Bar control arms and Roush Billet.
Under the hood is a 4.6-liter MOD, with a single overhead cam, which in stock form produces 300 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque. This engine could potentially achieve more, thanks to its upgraded COMP Thumpr cams, cool air intake, and H-tube exhaust with Roush twin mufflers. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed Tremec TR3650 manual transmission and an 8.8-inch rear end with a 3.73-point differential.
Vehicle technology has advanced dramatically in the 50 years between the Mustangs and the Shelby trying to emulate it. In 1969, a massive 7-liter Cobra Jet V8 thrust the GT500 out with 335 horsepower and 440 lb-ft of torque. With soft suspension and little attention to handling, the GT500 would have been very little if not steered in a straight line.
In stark contrast, the modern Mustang GT500 can stand up to many sports cars from Europe, and make the horsepower more efficient with fewer litres.
The Retrobuilt GT500 is sold through the RK Motors website and is also available on eBay for the current purchase price of $64,900. At this price, the Retrobuilt is a huge savings over the original 1969 Shelby GT500, which quickly approaches $150,000.