If you are not familiar with Classic Recreations, they are an officially licensed builder of continuation Shelby Mustangs, handcrafting the finest GT350CR and GT500CR Shelby Mustangs on the market. Classic Recreations has built cars for customers around the world including Malaysia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. All the cars are built by hand in the U.S.
The newest car by Classic Recreations is a stunning Blurple GT500CR 900S Shelby. This car was hand-built for a Sheikh and has features that include a supercharged 427 ci Ford Performance engine – outputting 770 horsepower to the ground, Wilwood brakes, MagnaFlow exhaust, and massive BFG tires.
Classic Recreations, located in the small town of Yukon, Oklahoma, is a Shelby-authorized builder that spends its days handcrafting custom GT500CR and GT350CR Shelby Mustangs for customers all over the globe. This GT500CR 900S started life as many Classic Recreations cars do, as an original Mustang fastback, in this case a 1967 model.
The body was treated to a completely new suspension. The standard Mustang front suspension was swapped for a system from Rod and Custom based on the double wishbone design and geometry from the Mustang II.
The Rod and Custom setup also makes use of high quality coil-overs from QA1, giving the driver the best ride. The car also received upgraded rear suspension, a G-Link 4-bar setup from Total Control with shocks from Varishock. This modernized set-up all works together to provide a smooth ride for the driver.
Now that the car was looking good and handling great, it was time to install the heart of the Shelby, the custom built low compression 427 stroker engine. This behemoth features FAST XFI injection and a sizable F1-R Procharger intercooled supercharger. This setup is good for approximately 900hp to the crank or 770hp to the rear wheels.
All of that power is going to produce significant amounts of heat and to help combat that, Classic Recreations installed a Be Cool custom radiator and SPAL dual fans. Fueling is handled by a VaporWorx twin pump which draws from a custom fuel tank from Rick’s Tanks. Exhaust is expelled through a set of gorgeous long tube stainless steel headers by BBK and a custom MagnaFlow exhaust.
A set of wheels and tires can really make or break the design of a car, so Classic Recreations shod this pony in a set of 18-inch Shelby 427 classic style wheels from American Racing. They’re sized at 18×8 in the front with 25/40/18 BFG Rival tires and 18×11 with 315/30/18 Rival tires in the rear. These wheels definitely set the right tone for the Mustang, giving it just the right aggressive stance without looking overly large or flashy and the polished finish looks perfect with the blurple paint. A car with some serious get-up-and-go needs heavy-duty stopping power, which is why Wilwood six-piston calipers were installed in the front and rear.
The interior of the car features the typical high-level of fit and finish that Classic Recreations delivers on each project, which is far above and beyond what anyone would have seen from the factory on an original car. The Carroll Shelby signature seats are beautifully finished and as a custom touch, CR sewed the owner’s family crest into the armrest. Carroll Shelby custom gauge units are only made available to Classic Recreations and have a speedometer up to 200 mph. Whether it is hot as the Sahara Desert or cold as the tundra, the interior cabin is kept comfortable with a modern Old Air Products air conditioning system.
At the end of the day, anyone with a little cash and a set of wrenches can build a Mustang. It takes someone with real vision, talent, skill, and passion to build a Mustang like the GT500CR. It’s not cheap with a starting price of $219,000, but you get what you pay for, and in this case what you pay for is style, substance, and performance. Once you wrap your hands around the woodgrain aluminum steering wheel, push the throttle and watch the orange needle on the speedometer sweep towards the 200mph mark, you’ll forget all about the price tag.
Engine: Ford Performance 427ci custom built engine
Forced Induction: F1-R Procharger (Intercooled)
Engine Extras: FAST XFI Injection
Horsepower: 770hp (to the wheels)
Rear End Manufacturer: Fab 9
Rear End Type: 9-Inch
Drive Shaft: Carbon Fiber
Seats: Carroll Shelby Signature Seats
Gauges: Carroll Shelby Signature Gauges
A/C System: Old Air Products
Head Unit: JVC
Wheels and Tires
Wheel Manufacturer/Model: Shelby 427 Wheels
Front Wheel Size: 18 x 8
Rear Wheel Size: 18 x 11
Tire Manufacturer/Model: BFG Rival
Front Tire Size: 225/40/18
Rear Tire Size: 315/30/18
Paint Manufacturer: BASF Glasurit
Paint Color: CR Blurple