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The 1967 Shelby Cobra GT 500

EngineFord V-8 Police-Interceptor
Engine Displacment428ci / 7.05litres
Engine LocationFront
Horsepower355bhp @ 5,400RPM
Torque420ft.lbs. @ 3,200RPM
Weight1,493kg / 3,286lbs.
Valvetrain2 Cylinder
Fuel FeedHolley 600CFM Carburator
AspirationNaturally Aspirated
GearboxFord 4-speed manual
DrivetrainRear Wheel Drive
Power to Weight Ratio.238bhp/kg
Top Speed155MPH / 248kmh
0-60MPH Acceleration4.8 seconds

Now besides the obvious main point of Gunsmith Cats, guns, there is also a very imaticulate part in the series. The cars. And Rally has the king of all 60's muscle cars, the beyond famous 1967 Shelby Cobra G.T. 500.

Note: Yes! I know the true name is Shelby Mustang GT 500 because, after all, it is a Ford Mustangs body, with a Shelby.... everything else. It's just that Shelby Cobra sound SO much cooler than Shelby Mustang.

The year is 1964, Ford comes out with the immediate, over-night, success called the Mustang. From the beginning they want to improve the quality and sales of the car. So who do they turn to... none other than famous race car driver, car designer and builder, and all around famous person, Carroll Shelby, creator of the famous AC Cobra 427. Ford came to Carroll and asked him to develop a high preformance fast-back Mustang for the street and track in August of 1964. By September of '64, the first GT 350 came roaring down the track and street. Then in December, SCCA accepts the GT 350 into the B-Production road racing class. Later, in May of 1965, the first GT 350 Drag Racing car comes out.

Finally, after almost two years with the GT 350, the specifications for the now-legendary 1967 Shelby Cobra GT 500 are finalized, and come soaring into dealers' lots in November of 1966. However, in august of 1967, Shelby lost it's lease on the LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) production facility, so they move production to Ionia, Michigan. Then, after three more years of successful car creation, Ford breaks the long-term agreement with Shelby-American in February of 1970.

There enough of the History of the GT 500. Now let's get down to the nitty-gritty. The '67 Shelby GT 500 had a V-8 water cooled, iron block engine, with a cast iron, removable head and overhead pushrod/rocker-actuated Valves. It had a Max BHP (Base Horse Power) of 355 @ 5,400 RPM and a Max torque of 420 lbs.-ft. @ 3,200 RPM. The Bore was 4.13" and a Stroke of 3.98". It has a Displacment of 428cid, 7051cc. The Induction System is a dual Holley four-barrel, 600cfm, and the GT 500 had a standard dual exhaust. This was also back when gas milage wasn't really a concern to anyone, so expect the '67 GT 500 to only get 12-15 MPG.

The body was made of a steel & fiberglass hood , side scoops, and rear. It was 186.6" overall length, 70.9" overall width, and 51.6" overall height. It only had a ground clearance level of 6.5". It's gas tank held 18 gallons, so it only got about 270 miles to a tank of gas, and weighed about 3,286 lbs. It's transmission was a four (4) speed, full syncromesh. Now, I'm not too sure if these are the exact specification that Rally's GT 500 has (mainly because she has customized her car), but these are the basic specs.

Now, known to few of the people who I've ever talked to, the GT 500 and the GT 500KR (KR standing for King of the Road) could both be equipped with something else. Nothing really big and fancy... just the damn legendary 427 ci. Cobra Jet engine, which pumped out 425 horses. Imgine that amount of power behind something already as powerful as the GT 500. One word... Speeding Tickets!! Okay, so that's two words but nonetheless. Oh well... If you can afford to FIND a GT 500, let alone buy it, and drop in the Cobra Jet, I'm sure you can afford a few extra speeding tickets, cause there's no way anyone'll be able to resist slamming down the accelerator. -=*Deep and Heavy Sigh*=- Maybe when I get my own, I'll shell out the money to get it to the Autobohn.........

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