Barebones 2007 Shelby GT500 Mustang Defines Beauty
It may not be visually flashy, but this Shelby GT500 still offers a lot to love.
Go to Google and look up images using the search terms “Shelby Mustang.” What do you see? We’ll take a guess: classics, S197s, modern GT350s, and lots of stripes. In fact, the majority of the pictures you’ll pull up will have stripes of one color or another in them. They’re a common characteristic of Shelby Mustangs, which is what makes the 2007 Shelby GT500 you see here from Bring a Trailer relatively unique.
It doesn’t let an eye-catching red paint job or racy stripes – on top or on the sides – do the talking. It’s naked, plain white, so its badass wheels and badging get the fact that this is a special Mustang across. The interior is equally straightforward. Black seats and the Shaker 500 audio system—and that’s it. No aftermarket head unit with a fold-out screen. No custom shift knob.
It’s the same story under the hood. The supercharged 5.4-liter V8 has not been altered in any way. No pulley swaps, no special tune, no intake upgrades, no aftermarket exhaust. Just a new battery. Output remains 500 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. Not that the previous owner unleashed that firepower all that much. According to the odometer, this 11-year-old beast has only covered a little over 6,600 miles. It’s been so gently used that it still has its original tires (not that you’d want to light up rubber that’s more than a decade old).
According to a Bring a Trailer member who seems to be the previous owner, this Shelby’s plainness was intentional. Someone with the screen name retrolounge commented, “The car was ordered to emulate an old muscle car. There’s no navigation, hi power stereo, etc.” Those are nice features, but just like stripes, the GT500 doesn’t need them to be attractive. It does a good job of that all by itself.
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