Shelby GT500 Reviews

1969 Shelby GT500 428 CJ from Australia and New Zealand

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


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.

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

1969 Shelby GT500 428 CobraJet 7.0L from North America

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1975
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 428 CobraJet 7.0L Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired48575 miles
Most recent distance140399 miles
Previous carChevrolet El Camino


Fast, good looking, and the apex of the muscle car era


Seasonal carburetor adjustments for temperature changes.

General Comments:

When new, this was the fastest car I'd ever ridden in. A friend bought it new, and sold it to me after six years. It was hard to keep in tires when all that was available was bias- -ply, but the radials (since 1977) have helped with launch traction and tire longevity. C6 trans is nearly indestructible. 9-inch 31 spline Ford Track Lok diff appears to actually be indestructible.

For a late-1960s muscle car, the cabin finish was terrific and, when I was younger and more fit, it was fabulously comfortable. As I've aged and added girth, it's become a little less so, but is still more comfortable than new Mustangs and Camaros.

It could win stop-light drags all night, then idle for an hour in front of my girlfriend's house for a snogging session without alerting her parents. In later years, it's become a show-winner, and provides entertainment for my family.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2004

6th Jan 2008, 15:52

You got a really cool muscle car there, the last of the real Mustangs. The small Mustang is okay (1974-2008) but it's really a V-8 Pinto! I wish Ford would build a Mustang, the same size as your 1969. Detroit was once king of all cars an especially muscle cars. Now the foreign cars, is the new king. That's so weird, Japanese motorcycles are coping Harley Davidson and Detroit big three are coping the Japanese cars. How fun with your Shelby, I wish I had your Shelby GT 500. Can you smoke the tires for me, thanks. Al.

Average review marks: 8.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews