Retrobuilt Debuts '69 Shelby GT500CS Conversion


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If you want the look of a classic Mustang with all the amenities of a modern pony car, then look no further than Retrobuilt. A couple years ago the Missouri-based company released their 1969 Mustang Fastback conversion, mixing the underpinnings and drivetrain of the current S197 Mustang with the styling of the legendary Boss 302. Now they have followed that up with their newest offering, the 1969 Shelby GT500CS Convertible. The new model goes the same route as Retrobuilt's previous cars, except this time the exterior is based on the design of the 1969 Shelby GT500. In fact, the company has even gone so far as to score a licensing deal with Shelby so that they can use the name.

So what's included with the 1969 Shelby GT500CS Convertible package? To begin a donor car is needed, which can be any 2005 to current Mustang Convertible. That means you can use anything from an older Mustang to V6 to the current 5.0-liter Mustang GT. Theoretically you could also use a Shelby GT500, but we can't imagine many customers dissecting Ford's flagship Mustang. From there Retrobuilt replaces all the exterior bodywork on the car except the doors with new fiberglass body panels and adds plenty of little details like retro chrome trim, door handles and taillight covers. Also included are custom HID headlights, vinyl striping and a Shelby wheel and tire package. A racing option is also available that includes performance-oriented items like a supercharger system, Baer brakes, lowered suspension and more.

You can see Retrobuilt's 1969 Shelby GT500CS Convertible in more detail in the gallery below.

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Anthony West (Thu, 31 May 2012 11:59:49 -0700): What I would give for the money to buy one... The rear end is pretty ugly, but the front is amazing.
Bill Shelter (Thu, 31 May 2012 23:06:49 -0700): not bad... the back is a bit out of proportion though.
Bill Heim (Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:36:54 -0700): The chin spoiler would make it a 1970 vice a 1969.
Bill Heim (Tue, 05 Jun 2012 15:56:31 -0700): I went to their website and I think the hard tops look better.
Kevin Sweigart (Tue, 05 Jun 2012 16:17:07 -0700): I have to say...when I heard about it I was that I have acutally seen it....not so much. I love the effort and it has some great things...but overall not my cup of tea.
A.j. Jenkins (Fri, 08 Jun 2012 17:50:30 -0700): Uhhh...what did they do to the nose? Gross
Kevin Sweigart (Fri, 08 Jun 2012 18:27:19 -0700): The front isn't as bad as the back.....the problem may be that its a convertible. The original car was longer...this looks squished to me.
Bill Heim (Sat, 09 Jun 2012 12:12:32 -0700): "The front isn't as bad as the back.....the problem may be that its a convertible. The original car was longer...this looks squished to me." Actually the 1969/70 Shelby was 187.5 inches long. A 2005-2009 mustang is 188 inches. The new cars have a thicker, i.e. taller body which may give it a squished look. Put a s197 body car next to an older mustang and while they are essentially the same length, the thicker body of the new cars makes it look much more massive.


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