Best of the Best 2016: Wheels | Specialty Vehicles: Shelby Terlingua Mustang
With its jackrabbit logo prominently displayed up front, the new Terlingua Mustang looks like the one that Shelby American built nearly a decade ago to mark the 40th anniversary of the Terlingua Racing Team’s Trans Am championship in 1967. But this latest version, based on a 2015 or 2016 Mustang GT, is equipped with a V-8 instead of the V-6 that powered the 2007 car. And bolstered by a supercharger, the engine produces more than 750 hp. Other upgrades from the base Mustang GT include various carbon-fiber components and an Eibach suspension that Shelby developed specially for this car.
- Shelby American plans to build only 50 examples of the Terlingua Mustang for the U.S. market.
- A plaque in the cabin bears the signatures of Carroll Shelby, Terlingua Racing Team founder Bill Neale, and 1967 Trans Am championship driver Jerry Titus.
- The car’s livery can include a number-17 racing roundel. That was the number on the car that Titus drove to victory at Sebring in 1967.
Shelby American, shelbyamerican.com (starting at $65,999, not including the base vehicle)