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No one will ever have to worry about rust on this great value muscle car.

For collectors and pilots who want to recreate the best of the past, well, it’s happening.

The carbon fiber Shelby GT500CR Mustang concept car officially went into production on Thursday. Only 25 vehicles will be built per year, at a starting price of $ 298,000 each. It will take designers 12 to 18 months to assemble the classic to order known for its speed and design.

The price is competitive. A Lamborghini, McLaren, Ferrari and Aston Martin in carbon fiber easily exceed $ 200,000.

Classic Recreations moved the 1967 Shelby GT500CR from a carbon fiber concept car to production. It starts at $ 298,000. The car will be powered by a Ford 5.0L Coyote Whipple Stage 2 supercharged engine paired with a Tremec six-speed manual gearbox. (Photo: classic recreations)

Each new carbon fiber Shelby takes approximately 2,500 hours to build.

“It’s like taking a 1960s muscle car to NASA and being carried by the space program into the 21st century,” Jason Engel, co-owner and chief designer of the car-building company, Classic Recreations, told Free Press. in Dallas. .

Never before has a Shelby Mustang been made from carbon fiber, the material used to make spacecraft, airplanes, sailboat masts and even outrigger canoes. Carbon fiber is known for its high strength, low weight and temperature tolerance.

Buyers of these types of vehicles have traditionally been mostly male entrepreneurs, professional athletes and car collectors, Engel said.

The women they collect tend to be CEO types, she said. “I sold one of them in the past, from a famous shoe company that you’ve seen in many stores, I can’t mention the brand, it was great. Another woman won the lottery.”

This car is now available to order and is already generating serious interest.

A new buyer for the Shelby GT500CR is an engineer working in research and development, and he likes to “track cars” with his business partners, said Bryan Stone, a partner at Classic Recreations.

“So he wants a high-performance carbon fiber vehicle with over 1000 horsepower. That customer specified that he wants to be sure when he goes into a sustained turn on the track, which increases the G-force, that the oil doesn’t crawl off the track. Oil Cup.”

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The company that builds the Shelby renaissance has a deal with Ford Motor Co. and Carroll Shelby Licensing to build Shelby edition Mustang restorations. The vehicles come with a Shelby serial number and is listed in the Shelby registry. To be clear, every car starts with the original chassis of a 1967 or 1968 Ford Mustang using the original Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). They will have the original VIN and a separate Shelby serial number.

While some people buy cars as high-performance masterpieces, adding perhaps just 300 or 400 miles, others absolutely take them to the track, said Engel, 46, of Oklahoma City, who works at the company’s original site.

As the son of an auto dealer in Oklahoma and Las Vegas, Engel ate, slept and breathed cars his entire life. He probably owns 150 vehicles since the age of 15.

“It’s in your blood,” he said.

From dream to reality

The designers originally planned to simply make the vehicles more efficient and it turned into “Oh my God, what do we have here,” Stone told the Free Press.

Every piece of the carbon-fiber Shelby GT500CR is essentially flawless because it was designed and modified with CAD – computer-aided design, Engel said. “When you build something by hand, it’s practically impossible to be identical. The whole car is digitally scanned and a designer came in and perfected the whole car, front to back. Everything is perfect.”

It is truly a celebration of the legacy of the legendary Carroll Shelby.

Eight years after his death, he remains revered for his passion to sacrifice everything to pursue his dream of designing, building and racing cars. Shelby is synonymous with innovation and quality.

“He won Le Mans. The 1967 GT500 is still the most sought-after muscle car today,” said Engel. “Even in the new cars, in the new Mustangs, you see Carroll’s designs.”

Mainstream viewers discovered his genius with “Ford v Ferrari,” the Oscar-nominated blockbuster film that featured the story of Shelby and British racing driver Ken Miles in their fight against Enzo Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966.

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The iconic 1967 Shelby GT500 is reinvented with “a powerful contemporary engine, updated suspension, improved braking systems” and the latest technology, the company said in a press release. The original Shelby molds reproduce the lines of the 1967-68 Shelby.

“The result is stunning perfection in a car that is incredibly 600 pounds lighter than the stock,” Engel said in the press release. “The power-to-weight ratio is on par with more exotic vehicles, making it a modern world-class supercar with American muscle in its soul.”

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An outer stripe of a hand-painted limited edition model can be any color chosen by the customer, while the car’s bodywork will be treated with a clear coat to showcase its carbon weave patterns. Custom options include vehicle paintwork – Wimbledon White and Ebony are popular colors for muscle cars.

The purchase price includes the transportation of the closed trailer car to Las Vegas, a customer “experience” that includes a night in a luxury hotel, a private Shelby American tour and a photo with the vehicle. A donation in honor of the client will be made to the Carroll Shelby Foundation, which benefits children from a medical and educational point of view.

Find more information at Classic-Recreations.com.

Contact Phoebe Wall Howard at 313-222-6512or phoward@freepress.com. Follow her on Twitter @phoebesaid. Subscribe to our car newsletter.

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