Sunday, May 10, 2009
SUPERB SHELBY GT-500 'CONCEPT CAR'
Just the name ‘Shelby’ will make any Ford fan’s heart-rate jump, and although the old snake-charmer didn’t lend much but his name and aura to Ford’s new ‘Shelby GT-500’ Mustang. That, along with the car’s phenomenal performance, is enough to make it the most hotly sought after piece of American Iron in decades. AUTOart has just released this beautiful 1:18 scale model. It’s the 2005 ‘Concept Car’ first shown at the New York Auto Show, though differences from the production 2007 GT-500 is almost indistinguishable. Its diecast body, mirror-smooth, authentic ‘Torch Red’ paint, trim, and graphics are all as good as you’ll find anywhere; even the foil-thin Cobra badge and Shelby letter are chrome, not printed. The new nose, vented hood, and plumbed engine correctly have the SVT GT40 heads, supercharger, water-air intercooler. The only thing missing is the transverse brace; the show car didn’t have one. The interior is correctly upgraded with two-tone black and red seats, legible revised instruments, SVT sill plates, and a cobra horn button. --SMI