Shelby GT500 Shines Bright Like a Diamond at Texas Autorama
Pearly-white Shelby ponies are certainly a weakness for any classic Mustang lover and this one is no exception.
The history of the Ford Mustang is chock full of legendary performance cars, but there are few models that garner more respect than the Shelby GT500. While attending the Dallas Autorama, the samspace81 YouTube channel came across a stunning example of the original GT500 that has only been owned by two people, with the same person having owned the car since 1971.
Along the way, it was restored, leading to the beautiful, classic pony car shown in the video above.
While Carroll Shelby introduced his tuned Mustangs in 1965, 1967 marked the first GT500. This pony car came from the factory with a 428-cubic inch V8 topped by and aluminum intake manifold and twin four-barrel carburetors, offering 355 horsepower and 420 lb-ft of torque. Other performance upgraded included better cooling components, power steering, power front disc brakes and a heavy duty four-speed manual transmission.
On the outside, the 1967 GT500 featured a unique hood, grille, wheels, rear quarter window vents and a rear end with a molded spoiler and quarter panel extensions that created a very different look from the 1967 Mustang GT. Of course, it also had Shelby badges on the front, rear and sides, along with stripes that carry the GT500 logos on the sides.
In short, the 1967 Shelby GT500 offered more performance than any standard Mustang, along with a look that allowed it to stand out in a crowd of classic pony cars.
Bill Devlin’s 1967 GT500
The Shelby Mustang in the video above was purchased by 19-year-old Bill Devlin back in 1971 from the original owner. Bill eventually married his wife, Pat, and with their GT500, they traveled around the country with the Marine Corps, spending time in six states over the course of the past 40-plus years.
For many years, this GT500 served as a daily driver, being fitted with snow tires and carrying a baby seat while also spending time at the drag strip during the warm months. This Mustang was used how Ford intended, before being restored back to its original glory by a shop in Texas.
In addition to giving us a close-up look at Bill and Pat Devlin’s GT500, this video also gives us a quick look at a GT350, allowing us to see the styling differences between the two original Shelby Mustangs.