Shelby American Building GT500 Super Snake Continuation

Shelby American is giving buyers who want a muscle car legend that never left the factory a chance at that car that never really was. Shelby is launching a continuation of the 1967 Mustang Shelby GT500 Super Snake.

The continuation cars will be built from original 1967 Mustangs. That means real Ford VINs and original titles. The cars are then completely stripped to bare metal for Super Snake conversion by Shelby. If you’re looking for even more authenticity, the company will help find an original Shelby fastback to undergo the transformation. Just like the continuation Cobras that Shelby American has built, the company will consider the cars authentic Shelbys.

The original Super Snake was an even faster GT500 that Shelby built for Goodyear tire testing. Under the hood was a 427 cubic inch V8 that pumped out 520 hp. It also had bigger front brakes, a locking rear end, and rear traction bars. The car topped 170 mph.

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Shelby and employee Don McCain wanted to build a production run, but with an anticipated price of more than $8,000, the project was deemed too expensive and shelved. The single car built has sold for more than $1.3 million.

Now, 50 years later, Shelby is going to build 10 Super Snakes. The 427-inch V8 is still the heart of the car, making over 550 hp. Aluminum and iron-block options are available. And just like the original, this car gets the Super Snake triple-stripe.

The continuation cars will be built to order, and start from $249,995.

A version of this story originally appeared on All Ford Mustangs.