Shelby, Or Not A Shelby?

That is the question. Adam has bought a one-off, hand-built bespoke car. This car is something pretty special because it’s the prototype and the test car for the GT500. This car has 4.6L V8/ Manual five speed transmission with only 11,300 miles on it – most of which were full on track miles for testing the handling, performance and characteristics of the upgraded parts.

The point is that this was not allocated a Shelby CSM number as you would expect for a Shelby car for sale. The reason was quite simple; this car was never intended to be for sale, but things change. Adam expressed his interest in the car a couple of years ago when we visited the Shelby Factory in Las Vegas for our private all access tour. The provenance is in no doubt that this is indeed a rare Shelby. Heres why; this is the ‘primary’ vehicle used for the development of the Drake Muscle Car and Shelby Performance Parts line from 2006-2010. This vehicle was also used in all marketing collateral, install instructions/videos and demonstrated at various car shows. When the vehicle was new, Shelby Autos put on a ‘Shelby GT’ parts kit in the spirit of the partnership between Scott Drake and Shelby Autos to form Shelby Performance Parts, LLC.

The Shelby Upgrades

Ford Racing Springs inc. Shocks and Struts, Ford California Special Mustang front/rear fascia and lower qtr scoops, Baer Braking system (front and rear), Paxton/Vortech ‘SHELBY’ branded Novi 1200 Supercharger with diablosport tuner and vinyl stripe kit.

Under the hood;

The Drake / Shelby Upgrades

Drake adjustable panhard bar, adjustable lower control arms, adjustable upper control arm and upper control arm bracket, Drake/Hoewe 1” tall lower ball joints (rebuildable with screw-in housing), 2007-09 Shelby GT500 factory hood w/Drake 40th anniversary hood vent inserts (lightweight aluminum), Drake billet aluminum high capacity fuel rails, Drake bumpsteer kit, JBA 3” catback exhaust system, Drake front and rear sway bar, Shelby/Drake upper and lower front grilles, Full Kicker vehicle speaker replacement with amp and subwoofer, Shelby center gauge pod with branded autometer gauges, Shelby/Drake billet aluminum pedal covers and dead pedal replacement, Shelby/Drake short throw shifter with knob, Drake GT console lid cover, Drake billet aluminum eBrake handle, Drake billet aluminum climate control knobs, Drake stamped aluminum seat switch covers and map light accents, Drake billet engine caps, Drake billet fuse box cover, Shelby carbon fiber mirror caps, 2007/2008 Shelby/Drake  Shelby GT foglight/brake duct kit, Drake aluminum fuel door and of course some rather nice Carroll Shelby Wheel Company CS40 wheels.

Underside rear;

Underside front;

Bodywork;

Interior;

Wheels & Brakes;

In short, this car is absolutely mint underneath. What Adam intends to do with we are not sure, but when we asked him he simply said “I have an idea for it.” So we will jut have to wait and see. So is this a real Shelby? Without a doubt it is, there is plenty of documentation and photo’s that proves it, along with the fact it has been heavily tested by Shelby & Drake this is perhaps one of the most finely tuned Shelby cars out there by the Legendary Shelby experts themselves, with parts made by Scott Drake specifically for this car, some of which never went into production. Another Shelby Adam has added to his collection.

Oh, it also sounds like it looks – amazing.

For Sale

It’s a known fact that Adam doesn’t actively sell cars. The process works by you taking down the money and making an offer to Adam. Now if he likes what your offer – the car or parts are yours, if he don’t like your offer, he will tell you and you have two options from there; revise your offer or leave it. We now have a unique opportunity to buy a car ‘for sale’ from Adam. The reason is simple, he wants the space, it’s as simple as that.

This is a 1966 Coupe that starts and runs, it’s a 289ci with c4 transmission. This was going to be another project car for Mustang Maniac, but due to work loads and space in the yard now being at a premium, the little lady needs to go, sooner the better in fact.

There are a few bits of surface rust, but nothing out of the ordinary for the age and condition of the car. There is some rust on the front chassis leg that needs repair or replacing nothing that a competent restorer can’t handle of course.

Adam has strict instructions for this car’s sale;

  • No phone calls about it
  • No tyre kickers / time wasters on a day out
  • Emails only to sales@mustangmaniac.co.uk about the car
  • Price is not negotiable, no offers, the price is what it is
  • once you bought it – you take it away.

As Adam says ‘You either want it, or you don’t, the car is worth the money all day long’

The cost is £10,000 

If you want to get into the classic Mustang ownership circle, or just want to flip the car for some cash here is your chance. Not often a proper running v8 Mustang comes on the market for this sort of money. Adam doesn’t have the space or the time to spend on this sale. If he don’t sell it, it will just go to his of yard storage area which is not ideal to retain the condition of the car which would be a shame.

Other News

Adam has some new parts the are coming into us that we have not stocked before, and they may not even be going on the WebShop as far as we know. We will try to grab a few pics for next week for you. 😉 As ever watch this (blog) space.

All Change…

Here at Mustang Maniac we pride ourselves as an evolving company; We have listened to few comments and we are working to improve things. So we would like to say apologise to our customers that have tried to get hold of us via the phone to find it takes a while or have try again later. We don’t mind making the apologies as we know it’s short-term. I will try to explain, the WebShop is steadily increasing in popularity and orders are increasing we’re pleased to say. Taking orders over the phone means we then have to get the order, update the stock and then prep the order for dispatch. Sometimes both Yogette and Adam are sorting and dispatching orders, sometimes Adam is dealing with customers cars so that only leaves Yogette to man the phone and prep the orders. Both of these examples can mean delays in answering the phone. So to help this situation we are investing in some staff, we are going to be creating a Dispatch room with access to our computerised stock location and management system. Someone will be dedicated to getting the WebShop orders together, wrapping and dispatching them to our customers. We will have some pictures of the new room and staff soon, once it’s all up and running of course.  In order to get this done some very long hours have been put in over Christmas and the New Year. Stock has been moved around, massive stock tagging and organisation has been undertaken in order to make this work. We have even found stock we never knew we had. 🙂 We are also thinking of upgrading the phone system to try and help out. We have a few pictures of one of the rooms that has been reorganised so far with the new bin locations now been updated on the WebShop.

Customers Cars:

We are working on a few cars at the moment, but the main job has been to get Mart’s car off the trolley and onto some ramps properly to work on her. Yogi has been doing a good job on the fuel line before the major parts get fitted and make it awkward. How do we know? Because we have done it so many times before, past experience that’s how. Stance of his car needs to be considered at this early stage. Traditionally the Mustang has a slight up in the air stance at the front, over the years as the leaf springs sag at the rear and the hood up stance becomes more pronounced. Mart wants to have a more neutral look on stance, so he has gone for our top of the range 1″ lower high performance springs at the front compared to the stock stance springs to help him get that look. These are not cheap springs by any means, but boy do you get what you pay for and these springs are well worth the money for the extra handling alone.

stock vs perf

The front of the car has had the suspension fitted, which is the new upper and lower control arms, spring perches, 1″ anti roll bar and all bushes, tie rod bushings etc. At the rear the new leaf springs fitted, the stainless steel leaf spring shackles and bushes, the new shocks from a little while ago and all the bushings. The axle has been mounted and bolted into place with new U-Bolts.

New heights:

While Yogi was working on Mart’s car a visit from Terry & John at the end of the day for a chat and catch up turned out to be a good laugh. During this sequence of photos we are wondering how Terry’s height has improved. Now we are not saying anything was amiss here, but suspicions were raised when a number of different sized boxes were strangely stacked where he was standing! Needless to say a good way to end the day – on a high if you know what we mean. 🙂

Blog:

We have added a new Menu item called “Cars for Sale – WebShop“. This will have links to cars that we currently have for sale and we start with a mighty beast – 68 shelby KR 500 ‘tribute’, click here for the quick link and all the photos from this series. This car is just more than the “Tribute”, as it has modern components and put together by us from the ground up. A spectacular car to drive and not for the faint hearted. From the turn of the key to the last roll of the wheel this will make the hairs on your neck stand up.