1969 Shelby GT500 428 CJ from Australia and New Zealand
For the technology of its time, it is fantastic
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.
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