The first Mustang-based Super Snake was built 50 years ago by Carrol Shelby and his team at Shelby American. It was based on Shelby’s original GT500 and started out its life as a tester for Goodyear.
It featured the V-8 of the GT40 racecar. It proved to be so expensive so Shelby never built more than the original tester.
To mark the car’s 50th birthday, he decided to make a 750 hp version of the current Super Snake. The modern car has a number of mods to boost output up to a worthy 750 horsepower. It also has a special badging to highlight its significance.
The production of the 50th anniversary Super Snake will be limited to 500 units. The starting price, including the donor Mustang GT, is $69,995. It’s nice that buyers can choose between manual or automatic transmissions and they can have any color offered by the Ford factory.
It’s worth noting that stated price is for the 670-hp version. How much the 750-hp version will cost remains a secret. Both versions, the 670-hp, and the 750-hp feature a supercharged version of the Mustang GT’s 5.0-liter V-8.
The cars also feature Wilwood brakes (6-piston calipers front and 4-piston rear) a custom suspension setup, 20-inch forged aluminum wheels and high-performance tires.
The automatic 750 hp version, the car will reach 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and pass the quarter mile in 10.9 seconds.
Shelby boss Gary Patterson stated that they compared the groundbreaking 1967 and 2007 model Super Snakes to other cars of their time when they were setting the performance parameters for their anniversary model. The anniversary model represents a throwback to a time when people actually enjoyed driving.