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Just retired and want to treat myself to a Shelby for once in my life. As to which one I know just enough to be dangerous. Would you suggest a new GT500 a GT350 ?

I figured a warranty would be good insurance but how reliable would a used Shelby be ? I want it for a daily driver not a garage queen.

Thanks.

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I think you'll be very happy with any Shelby. The more you spend, the happier you'll be. The only limit to your happiness is the amount of money you're willing to spend.

 

Take the purchase price and add thirty to fifty percent for modifications, and you'll be close to the actual cost of a Shelby automobile.

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If you want to take it to the track and are more focused on a balanced car with the best handling, opt for the GT350. If you want more straight line performance, stop light to stop light, etc, go with the GT500 with the supercharger. You will probably still want to make some changes/mods to personalize it to your needs but better to start with the platform that best fits your plans for wanting a Shelby. You can't buy a new GT500 so need to decide if used is OK - I bought used, just find the right owner who took care of the car and have it checked it. Can't go wrong with either one, good luck!

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You are coming to a place that you are going to get plenty of differing opinions.don't rule out the Shelby GT model year 2007 and 2008. If you are looking for a good deal on a well taken care of Shelby with well thought out mods that would be a good daily driver and is plenty fast check out this Shelby GT/SC that is listed right here on Team Shelby.

 

http://www.teamshelby.com/forums/index.php/topic/90712-for-sale-2007-black-shelby-gtsc-csm-0304/

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Congrats on retirement! Your choices you mentioned are great. Another item to possibly consider is the build. Do you want a model that was built up at Shelby such as the GT 500 KR, Shelby GT, GT-H, Terlingua, GT E etc with CSM# , or as mentioned, the Ford production Shelby cars such as the GT 500 or GT350. Can't go wrong with any. Another way to maybe consider is the connection/history a car has. For me I always liked the 66 GT 350H. Of course they are out of reach so I bought an 06 GT-H because of the connection- history to the 1966. Similar is the 1968 GT500 KR /2008 GT500KR. All this said, have fun with the selection and let us know what you decide to purchase.

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Loaded question.

 

Carroll was very busy after the S197's debuted. The "late" model Shelby Mustangs are varied and purpose built.

 

Spend some time reading about ALL of the cars' (as has been mentioned) before you pull the trigger. There are so many choices and so many different reasons for each. I have had the luxury of owning 4.... Two late model GT500's, a Shelby GT and a current GT350. I like them ALL, for different reasons. If you only have the luxury of having one, it's more important to study what each one offers and what you'll be doing with it.

 

Also, as has been said, good luck and keep us informed as to what you decide!

 

Welcome aboard!

 

BB

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For a new Shelby, check out the information in the just released "Shelby" magazine and treat yourself to a visit the Las Vegas Shelby American shop to have a look. From the Shelby Shop online, you should be able to find some copies of the earlier editions of the "Shelby" magazine to familiarize yourself with earlier Shelby Mustang models. Then check the discussion of the models ins=which you have a special interest. I would also recommend checking out the Team Shelby or local Mustang and Shelby clubs in your area to see some of these cars and talk with the owners. Maybe some of them will give you a ride so you can evaluate your real life use choices.

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Don't let any of these guys fool you for a minute....A white Shelby is the fastest by far. LMAO.gif

 

All kidding aside, please do yourself a favor and if you find one, run the VIN before you buy it. Make sure it's actually a GT500 if you get a GT500. And stay away from dealership that is saying just how rare the car is. I live in a town of 100k, right now there are about 10-12 GT500s for sale, so you shouldn't be paying "top dollar" for one (unless you want mine ;-)

 

If you do think about a GT500 and haven't found one you like, let me know and I'll send you some pics of 3 that I know of here that are good finds, not raced hard and equipped fairly well. (no, I'm not a dealer or make anything at all. Just love the car.

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It will also depend on whether or not you want a stick or an automatic. That could eliminate some editions altogether and make others much harder to find. And keep in mind that you can still order a Mustang of your choosing and have SAI (Shelby American) build you the exact Shelby you want.

 

John

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After owning 7 Mustangs in my life, I always wanted a Shelby myself. I drove a 2015 GT, a 2016 GT350 R at Pocono, and many Mustangs in between and throughout the years. But one day, I took a ride in a friends GT500 and couldn't get it out of my mind. I had to have a Mustang with a supercharger ! Absolutely love all the stangs I've owned, but nothing beats my 2013 GT500. If your looking for raw power and stick to your seat torque, buy a 13 or 14 GT500. I wanted the most bad ass stang I could find, not a track car, not a daily driver, just something I felt that "owned the road". For pure roadworthiness and stick to the track grip, the new GT350 is awesome. So it depends where your at, you wont go wrong either way. Now a new GT350 R with a supercharger........... :drool:

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A new GT350 basically needs nothing and is the best Mustang ever built but if want an automatic rumor is the next GT350 and GT500 will have a 10 spd automatic as an option

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Bought my first one this year. Waited for the kids to get out of the house. I have always like the GT500's and took a few years to find exactly what I wanted at the price I was willing to spend. Ended up with a used, 7000 mile 2014. Only things that were messed with were carbon fiber antenna that I changed to a short version of the original, and the car cover was gone. Other than that its all untouched and that's more of what I was looking for.

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Congrats! One of these days

 

If I were in your position, I would look at the GT350, The terlinguia or the GTE

 

There may not be a 500 coming out. There will be a new model but I wouldn't count on the name.

 

Depending on budget of course. As we get older, we need to balance the need for speed and individuality. I have the 350 and I love it but I sure would like a new GTE sitting next to it

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Do you want a Ford or a Shelby? GT500's and 350's are factory Fords unless you get a SuperSnake,KR or older 350's. If you want a Shelby go to Shelby American. They have a few ready for sale or they will build you one.

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I finally got my 08 Shelby GT. I sold this one new off the showroom floor back in 08. The original owner added the spoiler. He traded it in in 2011 for a GT500 that I sold him. Here's a picture from when he traded it in. Next I sold the 08 to a friend of mine, he let it sit in the garage and didn't do much to it. I'm pretty sure he put the super short throw shifter in it. A year or 2 later he sold it to his right hand man at his company and it sat in his garage for many a year. He added Comp thumper cams, Long tube headers, Ford Racing 3.73's an aluminum dive shaft and a tune. 3 weeks ago he comes to the new dealership where I work (Chevy :( I know long story) wanting to trade it in. Well is has an airbag recall that can't be fixed yadda yadda yadda the dealership didn't want the car/couldn't sell it if they got it etc. I told them I wanted to buy it but they said if they traded for it they couldn't sell it to me because of recall. I asked if I could buy it directly and they said sure! So after some convincing of the wife I jumped on it! I wasn't going to let it slip through my fingers again! She's only got 17700 miles on it and I love driving it every day!!

 

I'd say buy what you want and love what you get!! :flirt:

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