Mustang charity show in Whangaparaoa this Sunday

A couple of years ago the Auckland Mustang Owners club held a charity car show on Auckland’s Whangaparaoa Peninsular  and it was a success. Now the club is set to repeat the formula and will return to the Leisure Centre, Brightside Road, Stanmore Bay for their annual car show next weekend (Sunday 18th September). All proceeds are again going to the Hibiscus Coast Hospice.

Expect to see more than 100 Mustangs from all eras, from the earliest 1964 II to the latest 2012 cars. According to the club there will be convertibles, fastbacks and notchbacks, Supercharged, Fuel Injected, 4 speed, 6 speed, wire wheels, steel wheels & chrome wheels. There will be Mustangs in red, white, blue, yellow and black. Some will be modified others will be stock. Shelby, Roush, and Saleen will be represented and there will be Indy Pace Cars, GT, Boss, Mach 1 and GT500 models. Among the cars will be some of the top classic cars in the country including winners from the last Intermarque Concours d’elegance. Read the rest of this entry »

Classic Restorations turn old Mustangs into the Shelby G.T.350CR

Classically trained American car tuner Classic Recreations has just unveiled it’s latest package for the Mustang named the Shelby G.T.350CR.

The classic car specialists start with an original 1965 or 1966 Mustang, and install a rack and pinion steering system, this is followed by high-performance brakes and a coilover suspension set up. The next upgrades include a limited slip rear differential, a Tremec manual transmission and a sport exhaust system.

It’s under the bonnet where things get really serious with the ‘base model’ fitted with a 7.0-litre V8 engine with 545 hp (406 kW) of grunt. If that engine isn’t scary enough for you, the company will also offer a supercharged version with 645 hp (481 kW) as well as an insane twin-turbo variant with over 1,000 hp (746 kW). Read the rest of this entry »

Ford auctioning concept cars for charity at Monterey event

Over in the States the Monterey Car Week is one of the biggest automotive events on the calender and the associated auctions are well known for drawing out unique metal. At last year’s RM Auctions event there was a special Ford-themed sale that put some of the various blue oval concept cars from the last decade under the hammer. For 2011, Ford and RM Auctions have once again teamed up to sell off a couple of unique concept machines.

With proceeds going to charities, the concepts up for grabs are the 2001 Thunderbird Sports Roadster Concept and the 2005 Shelby GR-1 Concept Platform Model.

The Thunderbird Concept (pictured in red) was first shown at the 2001 Detroit Auto Show as a retro-themed production Thunderbird with some extra goodies. The Concept’s long rear-end is shaped by a fiberglass tonneau, like the original Sports Roadster it’s named after. In the cabin the retro theme continues with styling that nods to the Thunderbirds of the ’50s and 60s. Read the rest of this entry »

Classic Restorations builds new-but-old Shelby GT500CR Venom (+video)

US-based tuner and carmaker Classic Recreations is in the business of creating Mustangs that look period perfect but have modern underpinnings. Their damn good at it too and if anyone needed proof just look at their newest creation the Shelby GT500CR Venom.

Under the bonnet it’s all go with a blown 427 cubic-inch V-8, this beast is force-fed by a ProCharger F1-R centrifugal supercharger and pumps out a neck-snapping 590kW (790hp) while retaining the classic Mustang looks. It will go from standing to 100kph in under 4 seconds and won’t stop accelerating until everyone inside freaks out.  All the available grunt is put to the ground through a Tremec manual transmission and a 9-inch rear end with a 3.50 gear ratio. Steering is rack and pinion, and there is even a tilting steering column. Talk about luxury.

Other upgrades over Classic Recreations more standard Mustang offerings include wider wheels and tyres, race-style bucket seats, special Venom interior badging, and a 200 mph speedometer. There’s also treats like Shelby gauges, an aluminum steering wheel, Simpson 5-point seatbelts, A/C, a 1967 dashboard and door trim, a Pioneer CD stereo with 100-watt amplifier, a fuel cell, sequential taillights, 14-inch cross-drilled brake rotors, six-piston front and rear brake calipers, a MSD ignition, dual exhaust with stainless steel mufflers, ceramic coated headers, and coilover front and rear suspension. Read the rest of this entry »

1965 Shelby Cobra vs 2011 Ferrari 458 in $400,000 grudge match (+video)

Grudge matches are settled on the drag strip between car-proud gents all the time and usually it wouldn’t make for great news, but this one is a little different.

A no-nonsense, classic American muscle car finished in full chrome up against the latest thoroughbred Italian supercar in a straight up quarter mile race. That doesn’t exactly happen every day, but what could make this furious fixture even more tense? A $400,000 USD personal wager, that’s what.

The story is that a pair of cashed-up mates over in the States got into a good ole ‘my car’s quicker than yous’ debate which ultimately led to the dragstrip. Dan Bilzerian, owner of the fully pimped and highly modified 1965 427 Shelby Cobra, placed a bet that his American muscle car can beat his friend Tom Goldstein’s brand spankers 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia in a quarter mile race. It was a big call, Ferrari don’t exactly make slow cars and the 458 came with some handy tech like a launch control system and lightning fast transmission.

Earlier this month, these two big kids took their respective rides down to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway racetrack and put their money where their mouth is.

Check out the videos below to see how it went down. It’s intense. Read the rest of this entry »

AC Cobra 427SC vs Almac Cobra Replica – Fierce Creatures – 160

For whatever reason – muscular styling, sheer brute force or, perhaps, the image of ‘those Yanks’ taking on the urbane Europeans and kicking ass – the AC Cobra is one of the most desirable cars on the planet. It is also one of the most replicated shapes in automotive history, rivalled only by Chapman’s Lotus 7. Their immense value has precluded our featuring any of the three original ’60s Cobras currently in New Zealand, but we collected together three cars which either have strong Kiwi connections and/or extremely good lineage to the original Cobra

In a more normal world the hand-beaten alloy body of Rogan Hampson’s Cobra FIA 289 replica would have a more traditionally finished appearance. However, run your eyes over the car’s polished alloy body and every seam and every weld is immediately evident. Look closer and you can see a genuine expression of the craftsman’s art – observe how each separate panel has been formed, and how each separate part of the body has been assembled. In a lesser car, these seams and joins would have been carefully filled, sanded smooth and covered in paint.

However, quite appropriately, Rogan has decided to leave his Cobra’s bodywork in its raw state – appropriate because it gifts the car with a singular immediacy that perfectly fits most enthusiasts’ perception of a Cobra. This is one bad-ass of a car! Read the rest of this entry »

Shelby Cobra celebrates 50 years with special edition continuation car

It was nearly 50 years ago when the sports car world was given a new champion by the Ford-powered Cobra being first introduced at the 1962 New York Auto Show. Now Shelby American is marking the occasion with a limited edition offering of 50 continuation “street car” Cobras to celebrate that milestone. Each will be painted “Shelby black” with red leather interior, special badges, wire wheels and other items.

“Fifty years after its introduction, the Shelby Cobra is still an international symbol of high performance,” said John Luft, president of Shelby American. “Combining a robust, powerful American engine with a lightweight European chassis was brilliant. Half a century later, the Cobra remains one of the most coveted cars in the world. Shelby’s formula still resonates today and is followed by automakers worldwide.”

Built from 1962-1965, the CSX2000 series small block Cobra was born in Southern California when Shelby’s crew re-engineered the AC Ace to accept Ford’s new small block. Weighing only 916kg, the Cobra proved nimble, quick and reliable. The racing version dominated, culminating in the 1965 FIA World Championship.

In 1996, Carroll Shelby began manufacturing the small block “street version” Cobra once again. Today, the cars are component vehicles that can be fitted with a proper drive train by customers. Each car is built to order and delivered as a rolling chassis, less drive train, with a 1965 MSO. The 50th Anniversary Edition cars have some unique differences. Read the rest of this entry »

Fully restored ’69 Shelby GT500 7-litre V8 on sale

If you’re in the market for some low-mileage rare vintage muscle for your car collection, then Volo Auto Museum based in the States has something perfect.

Pictured above is a fine example of a 1969 Shelby GT500 which represents the last model-year of the original Shelby Mustangs (although ’69 models were given new serial numbers and sold as 1970 model-year cars). It’s one of just 335 GT500 convertibles built, and one of only 21 produced in this distinctive colour combination.

The Mustang has had just four-owners in its lifetime and has just 56,000 miles on the clock.

Considering the low miles, and the fact that it’s been entirely restored over a two year period, it’s not going to be cheap. Priced at $155,998 (223,000 NZ) it’s apparently a bargain because it has been appraised at a cool quarter-million USD. The 1969 GT500 convertible had a base price of just over $5,000 USD when new. This fine example includes a white deluxe interior signed by Carrol Shelby himself.

Packed under the bonnet is a 428 cubic-inch (7.0-litre) Cobra Jet V8 with Ram Air that originally produced a factory-rated 335 horsepower. It’s matched up with a Cruise-O-Matic automatic transmission and a 3.50 Traction Lok rear end. Extras include power steering, power disc brakes and even a power top.

Check out the gallery below for more images of the GT500. Read the rest of this entry »

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