Shelby GT500 Review from Australia and New Zealand

1969 Shelby GT500 428 CJ

Model year1969
Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 428 CJ Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance79000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Corvette

Summary:

For the technology of its time, it is fantastic

Faults:

Nothing other than the fuel pump diaphragm needing to be replaced. This was due to sediment in the fuel tank after 15 years of storage.

General Comments:

The car handles like my previous Porsche 911s. The drag pack version of this car was meant more for racing, hence the suspension difference from the standard GT500's produced. It sits lower and often people will comment that I have something hanging down under the rear of the car. These are the traction bars fitted from factory, and are a correct component of the race suspension.

The C6 transmission is tight and very responsive, matched with the 391 gears in the 9 inch diff. This creates a very credible acceleration from start to 115mph, which is its red line. Road trips are an excellent cruise, as I quite happily keep it at 60mph at 2800 RPM. If you give the the throttle just enough pressure, you will feel that cobra jet kick in and it will easily hit 5500 RPM in a blink of an eye, and then she is gone.

I have had many high performance muscle cars in the past, but this one is the most enjoyable driving experience available. Performance matching handling is unsurpassed in my opinion of any 60's US muscle car produced. I love the Hemi Cuda, but cornering is at its best sloppy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 2nd September, 2005

Average review marks: 8.3 / 10, based on 1 review