Mark Houlahan
Tech Editor, Mustang Monthly
January 19, 2017
Photos By: Shelby American, Inc.

The original G.T. 500 Super Snake was built by Shelby American in 1967 as part of a tire testing program for Goodyear (if you remember, Shelby was Goodyear’s west coast distributor). The tire test, while successful, the G.T. 500 Super Snake, with its hand-built 427ci FE big-block full of Le Mans-spec parts, was deemed too expensive to produce and sell. It would have cost even more than one of Shelby’s famed 427 Cobras at the time! Here we are five decades later and Shelby American, never one to miss an anniversary, has announced the all-new 50th Anniversary Super Snake model at the 2017 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale auction.

In 2007 Shelby American re-launched the Super Snake name with a special post-title up-fit package available on the 2007 Ford Shelby GT500. Already factory supercharged, the package improved braking, handling, and performance, while enhancing the retro-vibe of the GT500 to even higher Shelby levels. The original 1967 Super Snake’s unique “thin-thick-thin” over body stripes were employed as well on the new 2007 version. Through the production GT500 run (2007-2014) the Super Snake package was seen as the ultimate upgrade for GT500 owners.

“When Carroll Shelby introduced the Super Snake version of the Ford Mustang in 1967, it earned universal respect for its astonishing capabilities,” said Joe Conway, Co-CEO of Carroll Shelby International and CEO of Shelby American. “When Shelby American reintroduced the Super Snake in 2007, the world was awed by the 600+ horsepower street legal muscle car. That tradition continues with our newest Shelby Super Snake, which is better in every way. Carroll’s bold spirit lives on through this amazing car.”

With no GT500 currently being sold by Ford Shelby American has been producing current Super Snakes on the Mustang GT platform. While this may be considered a step down from the vaunted GT500 of the previous generation Mustang, we can all agree the S550-based 2015-2018 Mustang is a much better car all around, with superior handling, performance, and braking than the outgoing GT model and a damn fine contender against the previous generation GT500 with just a few bolt ons. To commemorate the anniversary of the legendary Shelby Super Snake, only 500 of the 2017 models will be built with a new lower MSRP beginning at just $69,995, and that is including the base Ford Mustang GT. Let me repeat that. A supercharged 670hp Shelby Super Snake with big brakes, exclusive wheels, body and graphics enhancements, and of course the Shelby heritage with serialization and inclusion in the Shelby registry for just $69,995! You’d be hard pressed to find a 2014 GT500 for that price when they were new!

“We compared the groundbreaking 1967 and 2007 model Super Snakes to other cars of their era when setting the performance parameters for our anniversary model,” said Gary Patterson, Shelby American President. “The new Super Snake matches those cars’ competitive advantages. The newest Super Snake is both extraordinarily fast and a thrill to drive. In a world filled with sterile cars, it’s a throwback to a time when people enjoyed driving.”

Collaborating with partners like Ford Performance, Borla, Michelin and Wilwood allowed Shelby American to create an even more focused car than the previous Super Snake models. The new Super Snake is an exercise in subtle details and features many first-to-market products. Working with Ford Performance, Shelby American sharpened the handling of the independent suspension and then upgraded the brakes with massive calipers and rotors. Under the hood, the Super Snake combines Ford’s iconic 5.0 V8 engine with forced induction for 670 horsepower; optional superchargers can pump out over 750 horsepower. The result is a well-engineered car with stunning capabilities. On pump gasoline and Michelin street legal tires, a properly optioned Super Snake can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds, blaze through the quarter mile in only 10.9 seconds and deliver an amazing 1.2g on the skip pad.

“The 2017 Super Snake is a tremendous performance value,” said Vince LaViolette, Shelby American Vice President of Operations. “We fine-tuned our processes and materials to offer an agile, nimble and balanced car at a lower cost. A turnkey Super Snake starting at $69,995, plus taxes and fees, has more base performance content than any other version in our history.”

For the 2017 the Super Snake continues its instantly recognizable Shelby traits with a new hood, rockers, spoilers, splitters, grilles, fog lights, rear tail panel, and rear diffuser assembly. Additional styling cues also include anniversary stripes and badges. Inside, the anniversary theme continues across the seats, dash and floor. Working with its performance product partners each piece was taken through an OEM development process to create the final product. Extensive testing with OE manufacturers means that everything fits as it should with OE-like quality and will stand the test of time and use.

“The 2017 Super Snake represents American muscle in the truest sense,” said LaViolette. “It delivers full-throttle excitement at every turn, all wrapped in a chiseled, handsome body. We designed every aspect of the car to be leaner and more functional than previous models. No other car offers so much performance and styling for the price.”

The Super Snake 50th Anniversary package is $36,795 not including the Ford Mustang GT, making a complete car about $69,995. The Super Snake is being offered in all Ford factory colors and can be ordered with a manual or automatic transmission. The car is covered by Shelby’s limited three year, 36,000-mile limited powertrain warranty. Shelby American will build the Super Snake at its assembly facility in Las Vegas and at Shelby American global mod-shops, a first for any modern Super Snake package. Of course an extensive list of options is available, including larger superchargers capable of over 750hp, to make your Super Snake a one-of-a-kind vehicle.

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2017 50th Anniversary Super Snake Specifications

Performance*
-0-60 mph: 3.5 seconds
-Quarter mile: 10.9 seconds
-Skip pad: 1.2g
*Using the optional 750-plus horsepower supercharger and an automatic transmission

Suspension:
-Exclusive Ford/Shelby spec dampers, sway bars, springs, and bushings
-20-inch Forged Aluminum Wheels, black or polished
-Shelby spec performance tires

Brakes:
-Wilwood 6-piston calipers on floating rotors (front) and 4-piston calipers (rear)
-Shelby exclusive brake/bearing duct cooling system

Engine:
-670 horsepower supercharger
-Engine cap set
-Engine compartment plaque signed by the build team affixed under the hood

Exterior:
-Shelby Engineered body components: hood, grilles, rockers, rocker splitters, front splitter, rear spoiler, rear tail panel, rear diffuser and lower rear splitter
-Shelby Exclusive Integrated LED fog/marker/turn-signal lamp assemblies
-50th anniversary badges and stripes

Interior:
-Anniversary logos on the seats and floor mats
-Special door sill plates
-Gauge cluster with exclusive Shelby by Auto Meter wireless gauges
-Official Shelby Serial number on a dash plaque

Options
-750-plus horsepower option includes:
750-plus horsepower supercharger (choice of Whipple or Kenne Bell)
Shelby extreme cooling package
Ford Performance half shafts
One-piece drive shaft
Ford Performance wheel studs

-Performance
Ford Performance half shafts
Shelby extreme cooling system (includes radiator and overflow tank)
One-piece driveshaft
Short throw shifter
3:73 gears
Ford Performance wheel studs
Shelby track tuned adjustable suspension
Shelby coil covers

-External
Painted stripes
Stripe delete (side stripe is mandatory for all models)

-Interior
Shelby by Katzkin leather seat option upgrade
4 point roll bar (harnesses installed by customer)
Rear seat delete
Convertible light bar