1967 Shelby GT versus 1967 Corvette
Comparing the 1967 Shelby Mustangs to the Chevy Corvette
Previously we showed you a copy of the May 1967 Motor Trend story comparing the new-for-1967 Mustang, Camaro, and Barracuda to each other. In that same issue, just a few pages later, they stacked the Shelby G.T. 350 and G.T. 500 against the Corvette, calling them both sports cars. Mustangs aren’t really considered “sports cars” in today’s world, but back in the ‘60s, Carroll Shelby’s significant modifications to the base Mustang was enough for Motor Trend to rank the car alondside the ‘Vette in the same category.
The two cars are quite different as we know—the ‘Vette is a two-seater with an independent rear suspension and a totally separate model in the GM lineup, whereas the Shelby Mustang is a factory hot-rodded four-seat coupe—but that didn’t stop MT from pitting them against each other. As you’d expect, the performance differences gave the advantage to the big-block Corvette, though reading between the lines, it seems like writer Steve Kelly prefers the G.T. 500 for it’s more useful nature and overall performance, which wasn’t that far off of the legendary 427 Corvette’s. But for some weird reason, Kelly preferred the automatic transmissions to the four-speeds, even the ‘Vettes slushy two-speed Powerglide.
The one thing that makes us shed a tear when reading these old road tests, however, are the base prices. In 1967, you could buy a Shelby G.T. 500 for a base price of $4,195 and the 427 Corvette for $4,495 (less for a convertible). Both cars now easily touch the $100,000 in valuation. Boy, to have a time machine and a big enough garage…