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Classic Recreations reveals first carbon-fiber Shelby GT500CR; lightweight muscle, anyone?


Classic Recreations has been building replica versions of iconic muscle cars under license for years, with some stunning results. Recently, though, it’s taken things to a new level.

The Yukon, Oklahoma-based company has started offering the option of a carbon-fiber body for buyers of its replicas based on the original Ford Mustang. The carbon bodies come from the folks at Speedkore Performance Group, and to get the ball rolling Classic Recreations will build 25 of its Ford Shelby GT500 replicas with the lightweight stuff in a special series known as the Shelby GT500CR Carbon Edition.

Classic Recreations' first carbon-fiber Shelby GT500CR

We know what you’re thinking. The carbon-fiber Shelby GT500 would make the ideal basis for a lightweight Eleanor, although it would be a shame to paint over the bare carbon in the “Gone in 60 Seconds” movie car’s signature gray color.

For its carbon-fiber Shelby GT500 replica, Classic Recreations uses a donor 1967 or 1968 Mustang chassis, with the finished product weighing in at around 600 pounds less than stock.

Classic Recreations' first carbon-fiber Shelby GT500CR

Propulsion comes courtesy of a 5.0-liter Coyote V-8 with a Whipple Stage 2 supercharger, a setup that’s good for 810 hp. That power is sent to the rear wheels through a 6-speed manual transmission.

Other modern upgrades include Wilwood brakes (6-piston front, 4-piston rear calipers with slotted, cross-drilled, and zinc-washed rotors), a power rack-and-pinion steering conversion, and adjustable coil-over suspension front and rear. The car rides on 18-inch aluminum wheels from American Racing, with Michelin Z-rated tires, size 225/40/18 in front and 315/30/18 in the rear.

For the interior, there’s an Alcantara headliner and a Lecarra leather-wrapped aluminum steering wheel.

As mentioned above, production of Classic Recreations’ Ford Shelby GT500CR Carbon Edition is limited to 25 cars. These are priced to start from $298,000, and each will be delivered to its customer at Shelby American’s Las Vegas facility. Upon delivery of each car, Classic Recreations will make a donation to the Carroll Shelby Foundation.

This article was originally published by Motor Authority, an editorial partner of ClassicCars.com.


  1. Where is the clutch pedal? Wicked looking engine. Agree on the bare carbon. The wheels seem too big. With a completely new shell and this many modifications, I can’t help but wonder why not just base it on a much newer chassis and create a new/old interior too. Or did I miss the point somewhere?


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