The legendary pairing of Carroll Shelby and the Ford Mustang goes way back to the genesis of Ford’s genre-defining pony car. The development of the Shelby Mustang began in 1964 when FoMoCo tasked Shelby Automotive with turning the Mustang into a serious contender in the hotly contested SCCA production-class national championships. The earliest Shelby GT350 Mustangs were focused, stripped-out racers for the road, and buyers could even select a track-ready, fully-prepared R-model. The project was a resounding success, and it firmly cemented the Mustang’s sporting credentials. Naturally, increasing numbers of buyers wanted a piece of the Shelby experience, so Ford’s involvement gradually grew as demand outstripped Shelby American’s production capacity. Shelby production moved to Ford, and the hard-edge GT350 was joined by the more luxurious, big-block equipped GT500 and the ultimate high-performance Mustang – the GT500 KR.
As Shelby’s influence dwindled, he eventually ended his long-running relationship with Ford. Following a stint with Dodge in the 1980s (thanks to his old friend and ex-Ford man Lee Iacocca), Shelby rekindled his relationship with Ford in 2003 as a technical advisor to the upcoming GT project. Ford was astute enough to realize the value of associating the Shelby name with their products, so they integrated Shelby’s expertise into the Special Vehicle Team, and a new generation of Shelby Mustang soon followed. Among the first new Mustangs to wear the Shelby name came in 2007. The car that was intended to be the new SVT Cobra, but as SVT was absorbed back into mainstream Ford engineering, they instead debuted it as the Ford Shelby GT500. The car was worthy of its famous name, featuring a 500 horsepower supercharged 5.4-liter V8, and a host of chassis and brake upgrades. Of course, Carroll Shelby was not one to leave well enough alone, so he developed a special package to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the GT500. The 40th-anniversary model featured unique body trim, interior fittings, wheels, and suspension upgrades. Above that, customers could opt for the Super Snake package, which tweaked the supercharged V8 to belt out over 600 horsepower in the convertible and 700 horsepower in the coupe. The lucky few who shelled out the additional $27,995 (on top of the price of a base GT500) had their cars shipped from Ford to Shelby’s Las Vegas facility for modification by Shelby’s technicians. When new, the Super Snake was one of the fastest, most potent Shelby Mustangs ever built, and today they are coveted by enthusiasts and collectors.
Since the rekindling of the Ford/Shelby partnership, a series of increasingly powerful Mustangs have rolled out of the Shelby Automobiles workshops. This 2007 GT500 Super Snake is among the first of the big-horsepower Shelbys of the modern era. This very special Shelby Convertible is one of just a few cars to feature both the 40th Anniversary Package and the 605 horsepower Super Snake package. According to the documentation provided by Shelby Automobiles, Inc., car number 07XL0226 has numerous distinctions that set apart from other GT500s. Documents show it is the very first 40th Anniversary GT500 (coupe or convertible) to receive the Super Snake 605hp upgrades. It was also one of 15 cars selected for the 40th Anniversary launch party, was used by the factory to kick off the Super Snake program, and appeared in some of the official promotional materials. It also spent time in the Shelby museum and was on hand for Mr. Shelby’s 85th birthday when he signed the glovebox.
Collector-owned since new, this superb Shelby shows just 3,035 miles on the clock, and it presents in magnificent condition in the original color of Ebony over black leather. Documentation includes the original Ford window sticker, Shelby certificates of authenticity, and correspondence between Shelby Automotive and the original owner. In addition to all of the 40th-anniversary upgrades (including the stripes, American Racing wheels, and Shelby/Eibach suspension), the Super Snake package added supercharger upgrades, redesigned hood for improved cooling, carbon fiber rockers, and front splitter, and many other details. This car also adds the optional big-brake package with huge slotted/cross-drilled rotors and Shelby calipers, and a short-shift option for the Tremec 6-speed manual gearbox.
Thanks to careful preservation, the car remains in nearly showroom-fresh condition inside and out, with impeccable paint and body and all of the unique anniversary-package items intact. The car rides on its original 20-inch American Racing Shelby Razor wheels with special center caps and Pirelli P-Zero tires. The interior is similarly outstanding, upholstered in black leather with silver accent trim, and specially embroidered headrests. The black canvas top is like-new and includes the original soft boot cover. With such low mileage, the engine bay is spotlessly clean, with the unique badging, engine build plate, and Shelby serial number in their rightful places.
With 605 horsepower on tap, performance is explosive, with a thumping V8 soundtrack courtesy of the original, factory-fitted Borla exhaust. Despite coming along 40 years after the original GT500, this Super Snake is genuinely a worthy successor. Packing all that tire-shredding horsepower and just the right amount of in-your-face stripes and spoilers, it meets the blueprint of the ideal American muscle car. This rare and desirable Super Snake convertible’s exceptionally low mileage and superb presentation make it a worthy addition to the Mustang or Shelby enthusiast’s stable.
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