Classic Recreations Launches World’s First Carbon Fiber 1967 Shelby GT500CR Mustang

February 08 (2021

Classic Recreations, the iconic custom vehicle builder of officially-licensed Shelby continuation cars and restorations, has unveiled the world’s first production heritage carbon-fiber bodied Shelby GT500CR. The carbon fiber program, which is the biggest undertaking the company has tackled to-date after a long lineage of producing unique one-of-a-kind vehicles, is the embodiment of Carroll Shelby’s legacy. The 810-horsepower vehicle offers the best of performance and innovation, utilizing cutting-edge carbon fiber technology from Speedkore Performance Group.

The unveiling took place at Motorsport Ranch, located in Texas, on February 2, marking the date in history when Carroll Shelby, in 1962, began building what would soon become the first Shelby Cobra CSX2000.

The carbon fiber upgrade is available on the officially-licensed Shelby GT500CR 900C, 900S and 545 models. Following development of a limited production run of carbon fiber GT500CR bodies, Classic Recreations was fortunate to partner with Shelby American in introducing the wildly successful limited edition “Carbon Edition”.

In collaboration with SpeedKore Performance Group, Classic Recreations’ 1967 steel GT500CR was blue light scanned, designed and engineered in CAD, and then permanently enshrined in plugs, from which future molds will be formed. The carbon fiber panels are autoclave-cured, creating blemish-free exposed carbon weave alignment panel-to-panel and exact-match replication. It is the first time the technology has been applied so extensively to a vintage Shelby GT500.

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